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Mondo Guerra on Adherence: How to Fashion Your HIV Treatment Plan

An Interview With Fashion Star and Project I Design Spokesman Mondo Guerra

September 8, 2012

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In closing, let's switch gears to your work on Project Runway and as a designer. What's going on there?

I was on the casting panel for the current season of Project Runway. I was on every single audition; there were 800-plus people; and there were some messy things that I saw, some real messy things. But it was very inspiring. Some people just want to be on the show to be famous, or for visibility; but some of them really want to be designers. But a lot of them are just not ready. They have good ideas, but they've never been designers. A lot of people would say, "Well, if I get on the show, I'll learn and I'll do it." You don't have time to learn when you're on the show! You have to come in here with the skills and ready to go.

And some of 'em are just delusional. Oh my gosh!

Can you give us an update on your fashion collection that's going to be at Neiman Marcus? How would you summarize the line?

It's inspired by 1960's pop art. It's minimal for what I do; there are definitely going to be prints in the collection but, I kinda pulled back. There's some really fabulous outerwear, it was really important for me, knowing who the Neiman Marcus customer is, and where their locations are, to make this collection kind of season-less. So it's not specific for fall or for spring or anything like that. This is how I always feel fashion should be: pieces that are transitional, and that can lend themselves to any season; you just have to be smart about what's in your closet. And there are also pieces that you can grab and add to your wardrobe right now to pump it up a little bit. So there's those quiet pieces, and then there's just those statement pieces.

I also have an eyewear collection coming out for See Eyewear in the spring. That line is inspired by 1960s sitcoms. And then I have a sock collection. So all these little things.

I'm also recapping every episode of season 10 of Project Runway for the Hollywood Reporter. So guess what? I get the episodes four days before everybody sees 'em!

Visit Mondo's website, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @LoveMondoTrasho.

Project Runway Season 10 airs Thursdays at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central on Lifetime.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

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