Contestant #11: Alec Smith

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We're almost through the full dozen designers competing in the Tamarac Square Fashion Project. Here's to Alec, who loves Jackie O and Maris the Great!

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Alec Smith

Company name: Aki Getsu

Years designing: 10

Bio: Alec Smith's obsession with design started when he attended Denver School of the Arts and majored in costuming and stage tech. He produced his first collection and show at thirteen. Since then, Alec has been going almost non-stop. Currently, he is working on his associate's degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After graduation, he hopes to earn his bachelor's at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. Eventually, Alec would love to head my own design house.

Denver celebrity you'd most like to design for? Maris the Great and the Faggots of Death

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What inspires you? (No fair saying everything; be specific.)

All the normal things; music, movies, art, experiences I've had, etc.

Favorite Denver eatery? Sweet Basil

Favorite local boutique? Buffalo Exchange

Favorite fabric? Silk

Favorite way to finish seams? Zigzag stitch

Prints or solids? Fuck yeah, prints

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Dogs or cats?

Ohh cats, all the way

Kate Moss or Linda Evangelista? Miss Kate, of course

Favorite guilty pleasure? Guinness

Last book you read? Please Kill Me and House of Leaves

Red chile or green chile? Red

New York or L.A.? Osaka

Chloe Dao or Jeffrey Sebelia? Honestly, I don't have cable so I really don't know enough about either to make a decision.

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Loose or tailored?


Jacqueline Kennedy or Jackie Brown? Camelot all the way.

Town or country? Town

Silk charmeuse or silk shantung? Charmeuse

Couture or ready-to-wear? Couture

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Curvy or androgynous?


Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan? Parker Posey

Michael Kors or Zac Posen? Zac Posen

Jeans or slacks? Slacks

Bill Ritter or John Hickenlooper? Hickenlooper

Escalade or Prius? Prius

Vogue or W? Vogue

Favorite current couture designer? John Galliano for Dior

Favorite past couture designer? Alexander McQueen

Sleek or volume? Volume, Volume, Volume!!

Form or function? Form!!

Favorite place to travel for inspiration? Just out, I guess

Favorite place to travel for fabric? Thrift stores

Polkadots or camouflage? Polkadots

Pretty or edgy? Edgy

Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn? Tim Gunn

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