Saturday, February 22, 2014

New Interview with Project Runway's Viktor Luna

I had the opportunity to chat with talented designer Viktor Luna about his time on Project Runway and what he's up to. Read below for more...

Q: I spoke recently with Elena (Slivnyak) and she mentioned how you’d been friends before All Stars and actually had no idea you’d be on the show together until you both showed up. So how did you feel when you realized you’d get to go around this crazy second Project Runway round with a friend?

A: It was definitely crazy. I met Elena during El Paseo Fashion Week in Palm Springs and we really clicked. It was like we were old friends just laughing and chatting! During the show I tried to maintain the idea that no matter what, it was just a competition and our friendship would last and thankfully it did! I think the competition actually made it stronger. 

Q: We have to talk about the wonderful punch of primary colors in your SS14 collection. Where did that pop of color come from? 

A: I have always been attached to these colors, but I guess a lot has to do with my new fabric that I had created in China. It feels amazing and looks radiant! These colors also came naturally from pictures that I’ve taken and used to create the mirrored manipulated print.

Q: What are your goals for 2014, professionally and personally? 

A: Professionally, I am focusing on my clothing brand and continuing to create clothes with good construction, design and quality; endurance is my motto this year. Personally, I want to be more in tune with my life and nature and I want to travel more! I want to make sure I experience life to the fullest!!

Q: A number of celebrities have worn your pieces, including Keri Hilson, Carly Rae Jepson and Ciara. Do you have any ultimate celebrities you’d like to see in one of your creations? 

A: It’s always fascinating to see my garments worn by my clients and celebrities. I admire a lot of celebs and would be thrilled to see a piece I’ve created on Tilda Swinton, ChloĆ« Sevigny, Cate Blanchett, and so many more! 

Q: I saw photos of your absolutely incredible costume for Heidi Klum’s Halloween party this year. How long did that look take to achieve, from beginning to end? 

A: I did it in such rush, so it took me 3 days nonstop! I was determined to make something that looked SO intricate, but with such little time I did cut some corners, as I’m sure you can imagine. I put a hard fusible buckram to maintain its shape and then glued the pearls in place. Inside I had a petticoat but I also added a pillow to the sides to create more of a shape of that era. I think it was one of my favorite costumes I’ve ever made, and it only raises the bar for next year! Oh, and Heidi was SO in love with the costumes that Jesus, Antonio and I made, that she requested to take a picture with us on the red carpet!! 

Q: Speaking of that fabulous and outrageous style, what is your opinion on the major steampunk and rococo-punk styles currently sweeping the alternative fashion world? 

A: I've never heard of rococo-punk?! But I've seen steampunk and I like it. I think our culture has become very boring and our music has no creative influence on our style besides a bra that has studs or leather jackets that you can purchase in H&M. I remember in the nineties I use to love punk and grunge and would make my own outfits from scratch, everyone was more creative! Now you can buy it at Givenchy, Balmain, or Top Shop. Those options all require no thinking and that to me is boring.. I am glad to hear that some people are still out there creating styles like steampunk and Rococo-Punk!


Q: What’s your greatest advice for the curvier fashion-loving ladies in 2014? 

A: I never see a person as curvy or thin, I only see personal style. We all have different body shapes and we all have to shop according to our style in ways that compliment our shape and have the right proportions. My advice is to learn your body and learn what works for you. Dressing is a form of adorning your body and celebrating life! Ultimately take risks and have fun!

Q: What music have you not been able to stop listening to lately? 

A: Marylin Manson, Smashing pumpkins , Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Pink Floyd!

Find out more about Viktor Luna over at his website: and follow him on twitter @ViktorLuna and on instragram @ViktorLuna

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