Michael Brambila
Season 16 Designer

Age 25, Oakland, CA
#DesignerMichael

When did you realize you had designer potential?
At about 10 or 11 friends and family started to notice Iíd put a lot of emphasis on the clothing in my sketches so I kinda just went from there.

What is your design training?
I studied at Parsons for two years and then ultimately decided it wasnít the right path for me, so I left school and began working with a few local designers in New York.

Strengths as a designer?
I have a very youthful eye but I bring an elevated luxury feeling to my clothing. I understand fashion and where it needs to go.

Weaknesses as a designer?
I can sometimes overthink a design and stop before I even begin.

How did you end up auditioning for "Project Runway"?
I auditioned twice before but never truly felt prepared for it, so this year I kind of just went full force with my work and started creating nonstop. I needed to do that to prepare myself and fully commit to my designs.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?
Iíve always loved the menswear challenges because thatís ultimately what I do. I loved the blacklight and Rainway challenges.

Challenge you hope they don't?
Iíve never felt like any particular challenge was so bad or intimidating. Iíd be happy with any challenge.

What's your take on team challenges?
It can go either way. I love working in teams as a collective, but I know that some people have big egos and itís all about them. To me the work always looks best when there is a clear vision that is cohesive and mutually agreed on. I donít like the dramatic ones.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?
I do think I can win. I have a very good understanding of what fashion means to the current generation and what they need and want. My work is about showing that even though there are alternatives in the world you donít have to be scared of them. There is beauty in strangeness and Iím here to properly shed some light on all the gross and freaky, tacky, sexual, and weird things that society isnít familiar with. Iím the normal kid with a weird vision and youíre gonna love it.

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