Stylepoints: Osorio still kicking despite 'Runway' roller coaster

  • Article by: SARA GLASSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 22, 2012 - 4:09 PM
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Local fashion designer Raul Osorio let his emotions get the best of him on “Project Runway.”

On "Project Runway" (8 p.m. Thu., Lifetime) one day you're in, the next day you're out. But even in fashion, there's such a thing as a second chance. Raul Osorio of Minneapolis was eliminated from the fashion-focused competition, brought back to replace designers who dropped out, then eliminated again a few weeks later. We caught up with Osorio, who is back in town.

Q You were "auffed" twice. What happened?

A It's part of the game. At least I feel proud of what I made this time. ... I'd rather leave that way, showing who I am as a designer.

Q How did you handle getting kicked off the show a second time?

A I exploded -- and I'm glad that I did. I went crazy on national television. I wasn't thinking, "There are cameras," I was just being myself. Yeah, it's who I am. Maybe some anger management classes would help.

Q So who are you rooting for now?

A Christopher [Palu, of Massapequa, N.Y.] is the one that I'm rooting for. He's just so talented and has a great point of view.

Q Most of the Minnesota contestants were eliminated early. Why?

A It was very easy to criticize them, but the game is very hard. It's very difficult to be part of that show -- you're under so much pressure.

Q Ven doesn't like you at all.

A I think he's extremely talented, but he does the same thing over and over. It makes me think he's a one-trick pony. I'm showing diversity.

Q You seem to be very direct.

A People who follow my work know that if I don't like you, I tell you. I know who I am, I know my work. I'm not in the show for everyone to like me.

Q Did you wear your designs for the last show?

A Yes. I made the overalls I was wearing [for the red carpet challenge].

Q You've lived in California and Honduras, why did you choose to represent Minneapolis on the show?

A It has to be Minneapolis. It's not because I don't love Honduras, but I believe that Minneapolis has given me so much. My portfolio was built here. This is where I started my career, where people have been supporting me constantly. It's home to me.

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