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For the last installment of our Project Runway series, we chatted with Kara Janx from Season 2. Kara has been quite busy balancing her business and a new baby since her PR days.
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ModCloth: What have you been doing since Project Runway?
Kara: Well, I had my business prior to the show. So I’ve just kind of really expanded on it and built up a really phenomenal business; and it just keeps growing.
MC: What is your line called?
Kara: My line is under my namesake- Kara Janx. I started it two years before the show.
MC: What was the most important thing you learned from Project Runway?
Kara: I learned that design is a process, as with everything- it’s such a learning experience. There was such a learning curve. And with that comes patience, dedication, and a lot of hard work.
MC: Were there any funny or crazy behind-the-scenes moments that didn’t air in your season’s final cut?
Kara: There were so many, but we’re not at liberty to elaborate on them- other than what you’ve seen. Sorry about that though. I’d love to expose everything, but I’d probably be shot.
MC: How would you describe your personal style?
Kara: It’s pretty casual, but edgy. You know, it’s kind of laid back but it’s always kind of quirky and a little tweaked.
MC: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Kara: Marc Jacobs, for sure. And also Phillip Lim and Alexender Wang.
MC: Are you still designing each season, or have you taken a break since your baby was born?
Kara: No break, definitely. I enjoy designing, and I enjoy feeling like I’m really hands-on with the process. That’s what I get a kick out of the most.
MC: What are the biggest challenges of being a designer and a mom?
Kara: It’s balance- definitely trying to give as much attention to my baby as I can and just really nurturing that, as well as the business.
Kara’s trademark kimono dresses. Photo copyright of karajanx.com.
MC: We adore your kimono dresses.
Kara: Thank you, love. The kimono dress has been selling every day for the last two and a half years. It’s quite phenomenal. I thank God for that.
MC: Where can we find your clothes?
Kara: At karajanx.com, and then across the country and overseas; and anyone can always e-mail me with particulars.
MC: Do you have a favorite designer from Season 5?
Kara: No, I actually think this is the worst Project Runway ever. And I’m such a fan of the show- because if the show is good, then it’s good for me. But I just feel that this season has just been a bust. I know I should be nicer, but that’s my sentiment toward it.
MC: What are your future plans?
Kara: To just really grow the business and my family.
MC: Anything else you want to add?
Kara: I’m just really dedicated to my business and good, wearable design. And I know that it’s really hard for aspiring designers. It’s just a matter of really putting your head down and working hard at it.
ModCloth would like to thank Kara, Alison, Kenley, and Kelly!! You guys rock!
Oh wow..I just discovered this! (see what school does, detracts me from blog reading)
I loved Kara’s work on the show and her Kimono dress is always a classic! This was great!
I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.
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