Emily Payne Designer


San Francisco, CA

With a shock of blue/black hair, a red lip and a smoky eye, Emily exudes sexy cool. Her fresh designs encompass her inner coolness and edge in wearable designs for women who are as cool as Emily herself.

Growing up in small-town Texas, Emily played the role of the artistic, creative child. She started designing clothes in her 20’s and has hit many bumps along the road to becoming a fashion designer. She’s a woman who relentlessly follows her heart: In the early 2000’s Emily had a burgeoning brand that received a lot of attention from the press. Her eight-year-old daughter, Devon, for whom she loves to design clothes, continually inspires Emily.

Emily says being on Project Runway opened many doors for her – it gave her an audience and opened up doors to amazing collaborations, job opportunities, private clients and on-line sales. Since her season she’s been building collections for both women and children and put on numerous shows, photo-shoots and private events with other Project Runway Alums. She recently launched a new website for her kids’ line and is in the process of launching one for her women’s line as well. She’s also looking into starting a men’s line and hopes to open a boutique to sell all of her clothes this Fall.

When asked what we can expect from her, Emily says we should expect her to win.