'Project Runway Talk' with Carol Hannah: 'I don't think I've been that depressed in a really long time'

She didn’t trash talk. She accused no one of cheating. She never indulged in gratuitous self-aggrandizing. In fact, unless you consider crushing out on the hot guy or barfing on camera as high-stakes drama (okay, well the last thing kinda is), it’s fair to say that Carol Hannah sailed through her season remarkably crisis-free. The self-taught designer from Charleston, S.C. made it all the way to Bryant Park with her head down and her mind focused on one thing: her work. Well, and maybe a little bit on Logan, too.

As Dalton and I learned this morning, season six’s third-placer is every bit as level-headed off the Project Runway set. Sporting a new set of bangs (a suggestion from Logan!), Carol Hannah chatted with us about everything from being told she has the psychological profile of a man, to making goo-goo eyes at Logan in the workroom, to feeling massively depressed while designing her final collection last winter. Click below for the goods. Then check out our chat with Althea (CH’s new roomie!) and of course, our grilling of Irina.

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  • Jenn

    i think you mean Charleston, SC

    • model4444

      CH should have won, her designs were spectacular!!!!

  • Melissa

    Charleston is in SC, not NC. Sure that is just a typo…

  • Tarc

    CH should have won. Her collection was, by miles, the best of the three.

  • Greg McDonnell

    I really liked CH’s designs all season. I also liked her as a person-she was gracious and kind-a genuinely nice girl. Her 13-piece collection, to me, outhone the others and I think CH should have won!

  • Cindy

    CH collection is the best as far as I’m concerned!

  • Dan K

    Carol Hannah–you’re a cutie! Will you be my new pretend GF?

  • jezoebel

    Carol Hannah should have won. Her line was the most consumer-friendly of the three. The first dress and the 13th look were to die for. I’m still pissed that Meana Irina won with her black dominatrix/ski bunny line.

  • Violette

    I agree with everyone. Carol Hannah’s clothes were superior to Althea and Irina’s and she should have won. I cannot imagine why Irina was selected as the winner. How come the judge’s didn’t tell us why they picked Irina?

  • Dean

    Carol Hannah rules. I was rooting for her all seaon. She is just an exceedingly pleasant person. Seems like someone I would want to hang out with, be friends with. I kind of love her.

  • Jon

    Project Runway shouldn’t be about who is the most consumer friendly. Christian Siriano and Leanne’s designs are hardly wearable. Chloe has been the most “female friendly” winner designer. I thought Irina, put on a fabulous show. It was dark but it was far more interesting than Carol Hannah’s or Althea’s.

    • Tarc

      The trouble is I’ve seen it (Irena’s collection) multiple times before. I’m not even a real fashion follower, and I’ve seen this same collection multiple times, right down to the insipid riding hats with the chin chains. It’s just so overused and boring. It certainly looked well made, but it wasn’t on any level original or creative.

      • Jon

        And Carol Hannah’s draped dresses were creative masterpieces? Or what about Althea’s leather jackets and heabands? Irina’s collection isn’t for everyone but in terms of creativity I think she did a much better job than the other two. Just my opinion.

    • RyRyNYC

      Christian Siriano’s collection was horrid… Leah’s had a dreamy color palette with sophisticated whimsy… but Irina’s was absolutely boring and done, done, done SO many times… in fact i was thinking it looked just like that other chick’s collection from THE FASHION SHOW on BRAVO.

      • pool

        You have no idea what you’re talking about. Christian’s collection was awesome. I think he’s the best winner the show has ever had.

  • samigia

    i really was rooting for christopher or logan, but if they couldn’t win, i was hoping for carol hannah.

  • Kathleen

    Putting aside the fact that Irinia is a rather rude young lady, I feel that she won because she thought to make some hats and a bag. The judges had critcisim for her, but could only come up with a lack of ‘common thread’ from CH. REALLY?! So apparently creating 1 kitsch item and sending it down the runway each time shows creativity and talent. SNORE. Carol Hannah all the way. Quit trying to surprise the audience and pick the ACTUAL winner.

  • Karena

    Damn, I missed the final. I’ll watch online. Supremely pissed that CH didn’t win. That bitch Irina isn’t original at all. Well made pieces? Carol as the best seamstress and designer- once again this show let me down. I liked Fashion Show so much more this season. I bet if Carol had been on that show, she would have won- after all Isaac is a real designer, not a lingerie model! Now, if only Heidi could even say Runway not WUNway!

  • LISA

    CAROL H.W DO’T STOP HERE ! HER COLLECTION WAS GREAT ,WHIMSICAL AND FEMININE. SHE CRAETES WITH PASSION AND FROM THE HEART. ANY WOMAN WOULD BE PROUD TO WEAR HER CLOTHES .BUT ON THE RUN WAY THERE MUST BE A COMMON SHAPE,COLOR OR LINE THAT RUNS THROUGH EVERY DRESS

  • Bibi

    Carol Hannah had a lovely collection and she’s a lovely young lady. I wish her a very bright future. I’m so sorry she didn’t win. She should have.

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