Wednesday evenings have been nail-biters for Kayne Gillaspie fans. Most couldn't breathe normally until they heard host Heidi Klum say, "Kayne, you're in."
Last Wednesday, fans learned he was out. Gillaspie, a Norman pageant gown designer and co-owner of Southern Charm boutique, was a contestant on "Project Runway," a reality series that pits budding fashion designers against one another as they compete in weekly design challenges. Since mid-July, when the third season of "Project Runway" started airing, he showed the country what a pageant designer can do â€” some weeks with better success than others. Week after week, he managed to stay in the competition, and his fans hoped if he couldn't win, maybe he would make it to the final three. Last Friday, the final four contestants showed mini collections to a standing-room-only crowd during Fashion Week. I caught up with Kayne just before he flew to New York and before learning of his fate. All the contestants returned to New York during Fashion Week to tape the reunion show. Q:ï¿½You introduced your new eveningwear collection, called Johnathan Kayne, at the Atlanta apparel mart in late August. How was it received? A:ï¿½Oh my gosh, so good. We're starting accounts in every state east of Oklahoma (and also) New Mexico and Texas. So, we just did super great. It was fantastic. Q:ï¿½Are calls still coming in from across the country? How about locally? A:ï¿½Absolutely. It's been fantastic, especially since we started taking orders. We have at least 100 accounts to produce by the end of the year, and we're still doing custom in the store.
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