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TFS: T Lo Interviews Andrew




First of all, we went to your site yesterday and we saw the “Almost Naked Bikini” line and that is hot as hell, my friend.
[Laughs] It was based off of my “Almost Naked Underwear” line which is all made out of bamboo fiber, extremely comfortable, soft, and has that “hang free” design.

You’re obviously a very successful underwear designer. Why the show? Why participate in a fashion competition?
Unlike the other designers, I didn’t need to be on the show, I wanted to do it. I just wanted to change people’s perception about me and show that I can do much more than just men’s underwear. What better way to do it than on the show and on the realm of women’s wear.

Do you think the other designers underestimated you solely on the fact that you’re an underwear designer?
I think the other designers definitely did underestimate me being an underwear designer, they thought all I could do is this just one little thing. My design background is in fashion. I started out my company as a sportswear company, which was successful, then moved into swimwear and finally underwear; what really put me on the map and took off.

We were just about to say that. Your line isn’t just about underwear.
It’s definitely a complete lifestyle line of clothing for every aspect of your life. It’s moving even more so in that direction come fall. I’m launching my Black Line, which is all the stuff that I wore on The Fashion Show. It’s a little dressier than my normal sportswear line that I do, but it still has a funky little edge to it.

When did you start designing?
I started designing when I was in high school, when I was a teenager when I was sort of in the underground club scene. I started out making outfits for myself and friends of mine, and finally, one of the store buyers from one of the boutiques actually was at the club and liked my shirt. I mentioned that I had made it and he told me that I should sell them at his store. That’s how I started out, selling things when I was a teenager.

And now you’re one of the most successful underwear designers in the country.
My underwear company is definitely very established. I’m sold on every continent, except for Antarctica, but I’m coming out with a polar fleece collection for that.

Let’s move on to last night’s episode. Do you still stand by your design? Are you still proud of it?
I’m definitely proud of my design and I stand by it. I was glad that George [Malkemus] stuck to his guns and stuck by my design as well.

Do you think you played it too safe?
As George said, he has clients that would wear this type of dress.

How did it feel to go from best design to the chopping block in one week?
It was a huge change going from that. The show is a lot of ups and downs. In the first week, I was on the losing team, and in the second week I was on the winning team.

But people could attribute your previous success to that; the fact that you were on a winning team, and when you were on your own, you couldn’t produce the same results.
You know, I don’t really know why the judges made the decision they made. I thought that there were other dresses that were worse than mine, not that I think that mine is bad. I think that Lidia definitely should’ve been there in the bottom.

You said your design was better than Lidia’s. How so?
I don’t know anybody who would wear that dress. It was like Nightmare Before Christmas. And then, Merlin’s design was another costume, it was an exact interpretation of the shoe, just blown up.

Several designers accused you of copying them. What do you have to say about that?
I just think it’s childish and there’s no merit to it. How can I copy something if you’re the team leader? It’s impossible to copy a design if you’re a team leader. It just seems to me that she [Daniella] was just a poor sport because her design didn’t make it into the top two.

Did you enjoy the experience being part of the show?
Yeah, I definitely enjoyed the experience. I got to meet people that I might not have gotten to meet, like Tinsley Mortimer and Norma Kamali, she’s a fashion icon.

She was awesome. So far, our favorite judge.
I loved her. She’s amazing.

Now that you’re no longer in the competition, are you rooting for anyone? Who do you think should win?
There are designers there that I like their design aesthetic and hopefully they will go far in the competition. Angel is one of them. James-Paul is another.

What do you like about their designs?
Angel is highly inventive and creative. The dress she did last night from the two shirts was great and she just used plain white fabric and made it look great. I like James-Paul’s whole aesthetic, which is an aesthetic unto its own, it even carries over to his personal attire as well.

How did you feel about the judges, about their critiques?
Obviously I didn’t like what they had to say last night, but it’s their show and their decision. If you look on the Bravo website, the rest of America agrees with me. There’s a place to vote whether or not I should’ve been eliminated and everybody is sympathizing with me, that I should not have been eliminated.

Back to your line. Are you expanding your Andrew Christian line?
I’m expanding my “Almost Naked Line” of bamboo wear into sportswear, so I’m doing bamboo-fiber shirts, which are so comfortable. I can’t think of anything else that I would want to have against my skin, the bamboo fiber. The greatest selling point is that it’s eco-friendly, but for me the greatest selling point is that it’s soft. There's the Black Line, and I’m working on a small women’s collection for Spring 2010.

Do you already know what you’re going to design?
It’s going to be all sportswear, similar stuff to what I did on the show, similar aesthetics, well, similar but different.

Thank you so much, Andrew, for your time.
Thank you.



Some of Andrew Christian's designs:




















[Photos: BravoTV.com/AndrewChristian.com]


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61 comments:

Wow, I hope none of those underwear models had socks in their briefs, cause that would ruin my future wet dreams.

Nice interview ;).


He comes off as a attention seeking and narcissictic little queen.
Quit being so full of yourself!
You are boring and so are your underwears.


Is that a banana in your pants....?


You WOULD have to post those shots!

teehee...


LOVE his underwear line!


Hot HOT HOT stuff. I could look at his line all day.

Well, he definitely had the weakest design; it must suck to be number one one week and having to go home the next.

Thanks for the interview, Tlo! You guys rock.


As comfortable as bamboo fiber might be, the "hang free" concept doesn't necessarily translate universally.

For starters, bras above a 36-B... I'll let the menfolk speak for themselves, but I don't think athletes would like everything hanging and flopping about either.

But I wish him lots of luck. He certainly has a way with packaging up the nether regions.


"suzq said...
As comfortable as bamboo fiber might be, the "hang free" concept doesn't necessarily translate universally.

I'll let the menfolk speak for themselves, but I don't think athletes would like everything hanging and flopping about either."


I have to disagree with you, I own a couple of them (not his; another brand) and they feel like you're wearing nothing, it's so comfortable, and it shapes you know what so well : )

Definitely a hit at the gym locker room : )


Yeah he also seemed a bit full of himself to me. Stick to what you're good at. I like the men's underwear, it seems pretty unique but the girl's stuff is just generic bleh. If girl's wanna "hang free" we'll go bra-less, as for the fellows...well sure.


Well, you didn't ask the question that I wanted to know the answer to. Was that Manolo Blahnik sales rep totally scamming on Andrew? That was what I was feeling during the judgement session. Am I wrong?


Guys, we feel like it's time to lay down the law a bit.

While we've never been the kind of blog to shy away from having opinions or being critical, we can't help noticing that the tenor of the commenting lately has been a bit beyond what we normally allow here. We suspect it's because so many of the commenters are frustrated with this show, but there have been a lot of comments making fun of people's looks or making incredibly disparaging comments about their character. It's one thing to say someone acted like an asshole or that you think their design skills suck, but expressing outright hatred for people you don't even know is a bit much.

By all means, be critical, have an opinion, vent to your heart's delight, but don't use the anonymity that the internet affords you to say incredibly nasty things that you wouldn't say in real life.


Thanks for always giving us the chance to see a different side of the contestants. Gives them a bit more dimension.


I like his line better than I thought I would, and not just for the eye candy aspect (though that doesn't hurt). I will be interested to see what kinds of sportswear he comes out with. Bamboo fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable.


Those women's panties... he couldn't spring for the same makeup artist and photoshopper who cleaned up the male models' legs? If I want to see skin like that I can look in the mirror.


Thank you for this interview. I felt that Andrew's design may have been "boring", but I liked it. I did not think it would win, but I never imagined it would be in the bottom two.

The judging on this show is so arbitrary. Merlin's design was an exact replica of his shoe, and somehow he did not end up in the bottom two.

The only "problem" with Andrew was that he was a "boring" designer who did not give producers and judges enough crazy to work with. He worked hard, was quiet, and did not engage in misogynistic comments to his female teammates. And for that he was sent home.

Because of Andrew's character, I am not determined to buy some of his clothing to support his fashion endeavors. I'm certainly never going to purchase anything by Daniella, or Reco, or Merlin.


the not should be a now. now determined . . .


Funny, these people who got the boot always come off as so much nicer and more level-headed about their skills and future direction during your interviews than they do on the show.

The show's editing made Andrew out to be a copycat rat who looked vaguely guilty during the judging. As I mentioned before, these shows are more successful with a villain, whether real or artificial, and Andrew may have been a victim of this need to create drama.

After reading this interview, I've certainly changed my mind and think he just has kind of a hangdog expression when he knows his design is going to be trashed. He comes off as such a likable guy and astute businessman in the interview. I also appreciate seeing the photos of his obviously superior design talent in the range he's been working within thus far.

I hope he continues do to well and wish him luck.


I kinda feel sorry for Mr. Model Top Row Right (in the yellow stripe briefs). Somehow I have a feeling that after having to pose for pictures, standing next to Mr. Model Bulge Top Row Left, he ran into the dressing room and threw himself onto the floor sobbing.

--GothamTomato


I'll behave myself to say ...

Thank you for the pics and the links ... Andrew gets major points for underwear hotness ....

If I were xx years younger and xx inches thinner, I would be so wearing and flaunting my junk in some of those ...

But I am not in that demographic and I wish him the best, but I am NOT crying tears with his auffing.

La Nina would not have been impressed with that dress.

Just sayin-


I'm glad that he told the story about Daniella.

She bitched and moaned about his win.

She bitched and moan when Reco won, and when Merlin triumphed the first challenge.

No matter who it is, she's going to bitch and moan because she feels that she should win every challenge.

So it's not just Andrew. Next week it will be another designer.


""MouseAnony said...
Funny, these people who got the boot always come off as so much nicer and more level-headed about their skills and future direction during your interviews than they do on the show."


Because god knows what really happened. Our assumptions are all s based on what aired and is a product of editing. When you see someone rolling their eyes or giving someone a dirty look, who knows? That probably happened the day before or a week later.


Hot underwear, by the way.


I think we all need to keep in mind that we, the viewers, are being manipulated to hook us and keep us interested in the show. The editing may be deliberately slanted to imply that one or more of the contestants are a bitch, conceited, copycat, whiner, mental case, incompetent, or whatever, when they really are probably just pretty normal, nice folks who are experienced, proven designers in their own right.

Face it, the more drama the producers can create, the more advertising revenue will come pouring in.

I don't think we should assume that the advertiser revenue-fueled editing choices made by the producers necessarily present a true picture about each contestant's character and attitudes. We need to keep in mind that we don't know these people personally. We don't know from beans what they're really like. All we know is what we see on that little TV box. We've never met them in the flesh.

Thus, all we know is what the producers choose to show us, edited and manipulated from hours and hours of film.

I agree with TLo that we shouldn't criticize these contestants personally, because we just don't KNOW them personally.


Whoa!!

What the hell is going on in pictures 1 & 3?! Trust me, I've seen plenty in my time - large, small, and in between -- but those pictures are about as real life looking as Penelope Cruz's bodice.


Unless those are actually fabric cod pieces, which should come in very handy during jousting matches. And crusades.


"Brooklyn Bomber said...
Unless those are actually fabric cod pieces, which should come in very handy during jousting matches. And crusades."

I think they're like the wonderbra for men. My boufriend and I joked about that. I said, why not? If I have a wonderbra why can't you have a wonder brief?


He's obviously good at what he does, she should stick to it. Thank for the interviews, guys.


Fashion Fanatic --

Wonderpants, of course. I never thought of that.


I loved the interviews, I appreciate knowing more about their lives, their collections, and so on. Plus in the show, we only have one side of the story. The interviews humanizes (Sorry, English is not my first language) these contestants and give us a chance to see them as designers, real people, not just contestants on a reality show.


Jeez, can't type today: "boYfriend" and "ThankS"


I'm quite sure that's what they are, BB. I always felt like it's kind of like cheating, isn't it? You get home, and then what? You unveil foam? LOL


FF: "You unveil foam?"

Foam, kleenex, whatever. I don't know -- I've never been swayed by the whole bigger-is-better esthetic (for penises or breasts). It's not that I don't buy into cultural ideals of beauty -- just not that particular one. Go figure.


Andrew IS talented. Look, he even made his female models look like they have penises!


Those bulges aren't real... Unless they were photoshopped, you'd see more of an "outline". It's definitely padded (how much who knows) to make buyers think they will look huge when they buy it.

That said, bamboo fabric for underwear is amazing, owning several pairs myself, although not his brand.


"FashionFanatic said: I think they're like the wonderbra for men. My boufriend and I joked about that. I said, why not? If I have a wonderbra why can't you have a wonder brief?"




I've always thought that the Wonderbra is a bad idea (it's like a female toupe), because eventually (if all goes well) it's gonna have to come off, and then somebody might be very disappointed.

The first time a new guy sees you naked, you really don't want to see his face to drop in disappointment.

--GothamTomato


"Anon said: Anonymous said: Those bulges aren't real..."




So now we have bulge-gate.

--GothamTomato


GothamTomato said...

I've always thought that the Wonderbra is a bad idea (it's like a female toupe), because eventually (if all goes well) it's gonna have to come off, and then somebody might be very disappointed.
I'll credit you whenever I use this to explain why Wonderbras are a bad idea.

As for those bulges, I automatically assumed photoshop was involved. It seems to be the case more often than not.

Now I'm off to research where I can buy some bamboo-fiber undies.


I've loved the Andrew Christian line for a while now; even things as simple as tank tops and shorts end up being uber-cute. I was sad to see him go, but I can't wait for his bamboo-fiber sportswear line. Yay!


If Andrew Christian is reading this, I have a small request. Please bring back model Jax!! I used to drool over his pictures and that's how I found out about the company. The models on his current campaign just aren't as delicious as Jax.


Well HELLO Boys - looks like you're glad to see me! ; ) Very, very sexy underwear that looks super comfortable.

I'm pleasantly surprised at his successful line and company. I had no idea. I agree with the others that have said we are being played as to our impressions of the designers. I'm glad to hear (in these interviews) a little more of the real person. Having said that - Andrew does come off slightly as a whiner in real life too but nice enough. I wish him luck as he obviously has the talent.

Me


Sexy sexy underwear.


" bunnyplant said...
If Andrew Christian is reading this, I have a small request. Please bring back model Jax!! I used to drool over his pictures and that's how I found out about the company. The models on his current campaign just aren't as delicious as Jax."


I agree, the man is HOT as f**k!


I was putting my Metrosource magazines away and I noticed that Andrew is on the cover of the same issue you guys interviewed Tim Gunn. How funny.


One thing that disturbs me is that bamboo fiber is hawked as a natural fiber. Although bamboo is certainly a highly renewable resource, the process for converting it into thread for fabric is the same as that used to produce rayon. In fact, bamboo fabric is essentially rayon; it involves chemicals to process and breathes about as well as rayon.


I've always thought that the Wonderbra is a bad idea (it's like a female toupe), because eventually (if all goes well) it's gonna have to come off, and then somebody might be very disappointed.

The first time a new guy sees you naked, you really don't want to see his face to drop in disappointment.

--GothamTomato


Haha. Had a good laugh... BUT not everything girls wear is with the thought of taking a guy to bed.

For many married and seriously committed girls, who have significant others who know and love their "stuff, its just about looking and feeling hot when going out with friends or something.

Also if a guys face was to "drop in disappointment" either he has some serious issues or you do... because as women we are much more critical of ourselves than men are... and that's why I think the wonderbra is more about females feeling good about themselves than attracting guys.


That Girl said
"5/30/09 10:44 AM
Also if a guys face was to "drop in disappointment" either he has some serious issues... because as women we are much more critical of ourselves than men are... and that's why I think the wonderbra is more about females feeling good about themselves than attracting guys."

VERY good point, I know I slip on my "wonderbra" to make the clothes look better! And that makes me feel Fab!

I thought Andrew dress was well construsted, good design, something sellable!

The judging on this show is so 'screwie'. The lighting is AWFUL! and you never get to see the CLOTHES! (or shoes as it was this episode) Isn't this a FASHION show, isn't it about FASHION!

~sorry for the rant~ please accept my apology


That Girl said, "I think the wonderbra is more about females feeling good about themselves than attracting guys."

I do understand, and I agree that "as women we are much more critical of ourselves than men are." But I've never understood why bigger & cleavage = feeling good about ourselves.

When Wonderbras first came out I was curious and tried one on. It felt like my air supply was being cut off. It seemed all it did was take what you've got and cram it all towards the middle, then hold that in place with what felt like a boa constrictor. I couldn't get it off quickly enough.


I really think this show is largely a joke - and I had rather high hopes for it. I was particularly disturbed by this episode and Isaac's attitude. In one short sentence he pretty much revealed why his company ran into trouble. Who cares whether something might sell - clearly not Isaac. I've never been greatly impressed by him as a designer (strictly my opinion) but given some of the clothes he's praised on the show and then "aufing" Andrew's design make me question his basic taste level. I was doing my best to try to catch the show on a regular basis but after this episode it's definitely become a lower priority. As to the top three of this episode, I have to say that I found Daniella's dress to be rather a fright. There was a huge disconnect between the fabrics and how they met and the length was incredibly unflattering.


Meh
I guess I"M the only one who fins his men underwear a bit camp? The women's underwear won't fit anyone who has actually gone thru puberty or has boobs bigger than a B cup.


"That Girl said: For many married and seriously committed girls, who have significant others who know and love their "stuff, its just about looking and feeling hot when going out with friends or something."



You know Donald Hollinger is gay, right?

--GothamTomato


You know Donald Hollinger is gay, right?Stop killing my dreams, GT.


Very sexy underwear, I wish my husband would wear any of these. He only wears tighty whities and he will not change.


A friend who interviewed him some time ago says he was the first one who gave Andrew the nickname "The Panty Christ" as the title for the article, and I guess he's used it since.


Who's Donald Hollinger?


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Who's Donald Hollinger???!!!!Diamonds, Daisies, Snowflakes
That Girl!
Chestnuts, rainbows, springtime..
Is That Girl!

She's mine alone
But luckily for you
If you find a girl to love
Only one girl to love
Then she'll be That Girl, toooo!


Anonymous said...
I really think this show is largely a joke - and I had rather high hopes for it. I was particularly disturbed by this episode and Isaac's attitude. In one short sentence he pretty much revealed why his company ran into trouble. Who cares whether something might sell - clearly not Isaac. I've never been greatly impressed by him as a designer (strictly my opinion) but given some of the clothes he's praised on the show and then "aufing" Andrew's design make me question his basic taste level. g.

5/30/09 5:54 PM

Heather M doesn't even have her own line anymore. Heather is working for Liz Claiborne! Why would any designer go to work for Liz Claiborne unless they really needed a job. Tim Gunn, I understand because he is not a designer and I am sure he functions at Liz Claiborne in the same capacity he serves on PR.

TampaBay


Okay, I'll be the first to say it: those codpieces look like they may contain actual cod.


I got a chance to meet Andrew recently at an in-store appearance. He was so gracious about what had happened on the show. He didn't seem to hold any resentment for the way it was edited, and was grateful for just getting the chance to show his designs to the world. I own a lot of his product, and adore his underwear line. It has a lot of support and enhancing things in them, and that is why that top left picture looks a little more... um... full. It's like a Wonder Bra for men! I can't wait for the black line. Thanks guys, for the awesome interview.


bitchybitchybitchy

when I watched this episode on Saturday, I was nonplussed at the judges-nagging Andrew about his decision not to use color while giving to win to Reco's design, which also did not use color. Mind you, I did really like Reco's design, and the intricacy of the bodice, his smarts in creating the headpiece, which tied the outfit together, but the judges just seemed so arbitrary.

And wasn't Heather more than a bit bitchy with the Manolo Blahnik guy?

Ah well- at least we are free of the team concept,and that is definitely a plus.


"Wonderpants"... Brooklyn Bomber you make me laugh.

Andrew should snap that term right up!


"BrettC said...
I got a chance to meet Andrew recently at an in-store appearance. He was so gracious about what had happened on the show. He didn't seem to hold any resentment for the way it was edited, and was grateful for just getting the chance to show his designs to the world. I own a lot of his product, and adore his underwear line. It has a lot of support and enhancing things in them, and that is why that top left picture looks a little more... um... full. It's like a Wonder Bra for men! I can't wait for the black line. Thanks guys, for the awesome interview."



I agree, he's really a nice guy. I hope he enjoyed the experience.


The underwear/swimsuits remind me of stuff I used to find in the International Male catalog.
Anyone else?

NOT a fan of woman's panties that look like they are men's briefs.





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