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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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Although Gretchen Jones was the winner of the Eighth season of Project Runway, it was fellow contestant Mondo Guerra who won viewers' hearts. Mondo's brilliant, colorful, often cartoon-like designs—as well as his bravery in coming out about his HIV status on the show— made him one of the series' most memorable designers.
Happily, Mondo has recently returned to television to compete in Project Runway All Stars. He's back with a design aesthetic that's even more sophisticated, without being any less innovative or enchanting. The designer, who also co-runs the HIV educational charity Living Positively By Design with fellow former Runway-ite Jack Mackenroth, shared this Buyer's Remorse story with us.
Racked: Mondo what have you had Buyer's Remorse about?
Mondo Guerra: I bought a computer. It ruined my life.
Racked: Could you tell us how this computer ruined your life?
Mondo Guerra: That's all there is to it. Technology kind of ruins inspiration for me.
Racked: So you like doing things by hand?
Mondo Guerra: I like doing things that I used to do as a kid, like playing with construction paper.