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'Project Runway' exit Q&A: Wesley Nault

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Oh Wesley, we hardly knew ye. The soft-spoken 23-year-old Marc Jacobs alum and FIT graduate was sent home last night after judge Nina Garcia deemed the short, ill-fitting, eco-friendly minidress he sent down the runway ”tacky.” Somewhat recovered from the auf-ing after watching the show last night, Wesley Nault took the time to call up EW to tell us what went wrong, how Tim’s getting tough, and his plans for a future clothing line (hint: it involves another contestant!).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Wesley! How are you feeling today?

WESLEY NAULT: As good as I could, I guess.

Did you watch the show last night?

Yeah. I was dreading watching it. But when I finally did watch it, it wasn’t so bad.

So what happened?

Oh, the minute I opened that bag of fabric, my heart sunk, and I was like, ”What am I going to do?” So I just kind of psyched myself out from the beginning, and it just wasn’t my finest hour.

Why was the fabric so bad?

I asked my model — we had 30 seconds before they ran out the door to go buy the fabric for us — I was like, ”Just buy a lot of fabric.” And she came back with the same fabric in two different colors of very limited yardage. So I didn’t have a lot to play with. She came back with this mint green color and this chocolate brown color. If I were to use them together, it would just look like a mint-chocolate-chip ice cream. I wasn’t going to use both of them together, and I think that was a good choice; however, that meant that I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with. So that was my biggest problem. And if you make a mistake early on, you’re very limited on time, and you don’t really have a chance to go back and correct it.

So did your model feel bad about the fabrics?

I tried to not let her know how nervous I was about it. So I don’t think she really knew that I was really struggling with her fabric choices.

So you knew you were in trouble right away, huh?

Yeah. I was a little hesitant when she left too because she made a comment right before she left that made me so nervous.

What did she say?

She actually said, when they said it was a green challenge and they’d be picking out green fabrics, ”That’s perfect. My eyes are green.” And I was like, [Gasp!]. This is green eco-friendly, not green the color! So I just looked at her blinking and was like, ”What?”

NEXT PAGE: ”The two people up against me were great designers, but I knew what was wrong with my garment going into it, and they didn’t expect to be in the bottom.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: And a lot of other designers had the same fabric as you.

WESLEY NAULT: I noticed that Leanne, who was working behind me, and Joe, who was kind of diagonally across from me, had the exact same fabric and the exact same color. And Joe was doing very safe and simple silhouettes, so I couldn’t do something like that, and Leanne was kind of going in a direction where she was adding a lot of pieces and stuff, so I had to do something in the middle of that, just so none of us were the same. So the three of us were competing against each other, as well as the other contestants on top of the whole thing. It was a competition within a competition.

The dress was ”shiny, tight, and short,” as judge Nina Garcia said, but did you think it was ”cheap”?

I kind of anticipated what the judges were going to say going into it. I could have made it a little bit longer, but not much longer because there wasn’t a lot of fabric. But I think the neckline was kind of conservative, you know? But I did see problems with the fit, and there was nothing I could do about the fabric being shiny. That’s the fabric she brought me, and that’s what I had to work with.

At least it wasn’t jersey.

At least with jersey, the fit would have been fine.

Do you think you should have gone home? Or did you get the raw end of the deal?

To be honest, I was nervous throughout the whole thing that I was going to go home. I accepted the fact that I was going to go home on this challenge; however, being up against two people who didn’t realize that their garments may not have been the best — it’s great to have that confidence in your work, but to not be able to see your mistakes or maybe that the aesthetic is not very flattering to the figure, if you can’t realize that, I think you’re kind of in trouble. The two people up against me were great designers, but I knew what was wrong with my garment going into it, and they didn’t expect to be in the bottom.

Oh, yeah? Was there anyone that made you wonder, ”Why are you here?”

Maybe there would have been a few people that I questioned. I’m not going to call anyone out for that.

NEXT PAGE: ”With this, you had no say whatsoever. It’s like the worst Christmas present ever that you get, and you have to wear it.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s too bad that a challenge with real fabric would be the one to get you auf-ed, especially when you handled the Gristedes challenge so well.

WESLEY NAULT: It’s awful. I think when I realized that I wasn’t going to have control over the fabric selection, I just got nervous because I like to have that control. Or even when you’re working with a client and they want it in a certain fabric, you can kind of guide them in a certain direction. But with this, you had no say whatsoever. It’s like the worst Christmas present ever that you get, and you have to wear it.

You’re one of the youngest designers this season. Do you think that helped you or hurt you?

I don’t think it hurt me, really. I’ve got a lot of experience, so maybe the fitting — I wish I had more time for fitting. Maybe I could be more experienced in that sense. But I don’t think it hurt me really. I look at the people who are older on the show, and they’re definitely talented, but I question, if they haven’t made it already, then…. And I’m young, and I’m here. Obviously I’m here for a reason. If I’m competing with them, I’m just as good as them.

Oh, yeah? Was there anyone that made you wonder, ”Why are you here?”

Maybe there would have been a few people that I questioned. I’m not going to call anyone out for that.

It seems this season Tim’s been especially hard on you guys.

He has, actually. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the last season on Bravo, or what the deal is, but he’s been really tough on us. We also have big shoes to follow after the last season having Christian. He’s been hard on everybody.

Was there anyone you really got along with?

Because I left so early, I didn’t get to develop a lot of relationships with a lot of the cast members. However, Daniel and I got along very well, and I was sad to leave him. I was very disappointed. I wish I would have gotten to know everyone a little bit more while I was on the show, but I was always just focusing on my work while we were in the workroom. But in the end, I ended up making some really good friends from the show afterwards, like Jennifer and Emily I really get along with, as well as Stella.

Who do you think is going to win the whole thing?

I would love to see Daniel take the whole thing. He’s my favorite. As a designer, I love his aesthetic. Based on aesthetic, I think he should win. But also I’m a little biased.

What’s next for you?

Well, Daniel and I are talking about starting a line together. But it’s still very early on, so we’re not sure exactly what we’re going to do yet, or how we’re going to go about it.