CG Interviews Fashion Star's Ronnie Escalante

Fashion has always been a huge part of Ronnie Escalante’s life. The NBC Fashion Star competitor has been surrounded by fashion design his entire life. His grandmother was skilled at knitting and crocheting, his mother was always reading fashion magazines and sketching and his cousin worked at a dressmaking shop. Growing up in a creative family definitely influenced Ronnie’s love of design; he has been sketching dresses since he was just seven years old!

However, Ronnie’s Fashion Star journey has taken an immense amount of determination, passion and hard work. It was not until week five that the buyers were interested in bidding for Ronnie’s clothing. But we’re guessing Ronnie didn’t mind the wait too much considering Macy’s and H&M went head-to-head in a bid-off for his sleeveless low-V sheath dresses. In the end Caprice Willard of Macy’s snagged the dresses with a $100,000 offer that left Ronnie speechless.

All in all Ronnie Escalante is proving to America that he has what it takes, and he wants to win. While it may have been a slow star for this up-and-coming designer, we have no doubt he could claim the final prize and earn the title of the ultimate fashion star! What will Ronnie bring to the table tonight on Fashion Star? The only way to find out is to tune into NBC at 10/9 Central p.m. to watch Ronnie Escalante’s dreams come true!

How old were you when you started designing?
RE: I started sketching at a very young age since I was surrounded by fashion. My grandma, an amazing knitter/crotcherer and seamstress, then my mom would buy these fashion magazines and sometimes sketch her outfit and take it to the tailor, and lastly my mom's cousin was a beader for a dressmaker. Age seven was when it all started I believe...I would just sketch gowns and dresses.

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
RE: The biggest advice I could give to aspiring designers is to be very passionate at what they do. Don't be afraid to try different things; be curious and take risk. I feel like it’s my duty to experiment at times, and make sure that you know who you are as a designer.

Who are some of your favorite designers?
RE: Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy and Haider Ackermann. These three can rule the world!

Have you always wanted to pursue a career in fashion design?
RE: I knew I loved drawing since I was a little boy, but at one point I wanted to be a doctor, architect, dentist, chef. When we moved to the U.S. at the age of 17, and a year and a half later I decided to join the U.S. Navy and get some college money because college is really expensive! It took me two years after the military to finally make that decision to take that risk and enrolled at a fashion school in San Francisco. The school challenged my classmates and me. I think as I was interning with Ralph Rucci and Zac Posen is when I realized I really want to have my own design company and launch a collection one day and dress a lot of celebrities in red carpet events. My senior collection gave me the high that confirmed to me that this is what I want to do and be. Fashion is not so glamorous as people think…lots of hard work, passion and perseverance to name a few. You will get knocked down and tested, but it’s up to you how you handle the situation. You need to have a tough skin and learn not to burn bridges. It’s a cut-throat business, but you need to stand your ground and be ready to work hard.

What are some of the personal touches you like to put on your clothes?
RE: I love my woman to feel special, sexy, confident [and] chic in my designs. I try to reinvent some classic details and add some couture touches to it. I want the clothes to speak to a woman especially when she sees it on a hanger.

What was the best advice that the mentors gave you on the TV show?
RE: I think John, Nicole and the buyers always give us great advice, but my turning point was when Jessica told me not to be a "showman," and I said to myself I was trying a little too hard. So on the fifth episode is when I dug deep and found that balance, and I think it all paid off as you can see, my dress is sold at Macy’s in all three different colors!

Do you have a personal favorite garment that you have designed on Fashion Star?
RE: I love the dresses I made on episode three, the corseted, draped asymmetrical dress.... I love the print, how flirty and fun it was. Too bad I exceeded the amount of yardage. I was suppose to use four yards.

What kind of women do you design for?
RE: My woman is chic, modern, sexy, elegant and a little powerful.

What did you learn from being on Fashion Star?
RE: Making quick decisions and knowing what you want…. or else you will be left behind. I didn't even know that about myself until I was thrown in the situation. I actually surprised myself because the sewing/pattern-making room said I designed the most complicated garments. I’ll take that as compliment.

What was the most exciting part about being on Fashion Star?
RE: Just the whole experience itself was amazing! I mean how in the world you could place all these people in one room! The mentors, the buyers, the production…so amazing!

What do you think it takes to win Fashion Star?
RE: To be very passionate, not afraid to take risks and also listen to your gut and show who you are as a fashion designer.

Which of the three stores do you think your clothing would fit the best in?
RE: I would love to sell my brand in all of those three stores!

What is your favorite Fashion Star memory?
RE: Just meeting and hanging out with all the crazy people! It was amazing.

By: Annie Robinson | Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

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  1. Ronnie is so adorable! I love him and his designs :)


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