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'Project Runway: All Stars': Wendy Pepper Reveals Her One Regret, Says She's Writing a Cookbook

The designer also weighs in on why she thinks she was eliminated despite the judges' less-than-harsh reactions.

Project Runway season one villainess Wendy Pepper was the second person to be voted out of the sophomore season of Lifetime's All Stars spinoff.

The challenge in Thursday night's episode called for the designers to create a garment inspired by the '70s -- and a Nine West shoe.

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Pepper created a two-piece outfit that featured black bell-bottom pants with a halter top made from a black, red and white print; both pieces incorporated a silver chain link.

While the 48-year-old from Middleburg, Va., expressed confidence during the episode, the judges weren't impressed by the outfit, but they didn't exactly hate it either. Isaac Mizrahi said he liked "the graphic quality, but it looks a bit theme park. It goes a little junior for me." Georgina Chapman applauded the use of color and said it had potential, but host Carolyn Murphy called it "Spanish Harlem."

While Pepper was unable to watch Thursday night's episode -- her power has been spotty due to Hurricane Sandy -- she said she talked to friends who told her they thought the judges were "pretty easy on me."

So why did she get sent home? "All the designers are really, really good at what we do, and somebody had to go home, and I just think the level of work being done was great," she told reporters Friday in a conference call. "Nobody wants to go home. We were all there to complete and we were all there to win. But I was fine with it; I had a great time."

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She did admit that there is one thing she would do differently if she had a second chance.

"Maybe I regret making those pants," she said, adding: "I think I would use different fabric. After I got back from shopping, I wasn't really sure I liked the fabric. Joanna [Coles, the show's mentor] echoed that, but I don't think I go back and rebuy."

While Pepper earned a less-than-favorable reputation for the first season of Project Runway, she said she made several friends this time around, including Suede, whom she said is now "like a brother."

Asked which designers stood out in her mind, Pepper demurred, saying every remaining competitor has the talent to win.

"There are no weak links there," she added.

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Pepper, who sells her designs in a "small boutique" in Middleburg and also runs a "small cookie business," says she is now writing a cookbook.

"I have a soup business, which you may or may not have known about, but I make soups from local farmers' produce and I am writing a cookbook to accompany that business right now," she said.

 

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