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Project Runway's Althea Harper: "I could have bought a new dress"

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

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Althea Harper was a finalist on Season Six of Project Runway—also known as the dreaded Los Angeles season. Althea survived the show and has slowly been building a solid career in fashion since. She sells her eponymous line in stores across the country, shows her collections at Fashion Week, and is even a spokesperson for Rowenta irons. We caught up with the always-charming designer, and asked her if she had a Buyer's Remorse story...

Racked: What have you had buyer's remorse about?

Althea Harper: I love little pieces of ginger. They're supposed to be good for you—it's a sweet way to get good treats. So recently I bought this whole big thing [she motions the shape of a giant bottle], which was not cheap, I could have bought a new dress with what I spent on this container of ginger pieces, but I'm thinking it's a deal.

It's literally the strongest ginger I've ever had. I can't even eat a piece this big [she motions a very small size] of it, it's so intense. So now I have this huge container in my cupboard that is probably going to sit there—and I just look at it. It's supposed to be good for you, if you actually eat it, which is probably not going to happen.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]
· Althea Harper [Official Site]