On The Cusp Of Reality TV Stardom, Designer Brandon Maxwell Is (Still) All About Authenticity

Brandon Maxwell is very busy. But he always makes time for a good cry.For the past few months, the Longview, Texas native has been planning his fall 2019 collection (an intimate show which took place last week), competing in the International Woolmark Prize competition, and filming the 17th season of Project Runway, where he’s serving as a judge.But Maxwell, who lacks formal training and calls fashion \"the joy of my life\", sees himself no more accomplished than the intern working at the end of the table. He begins most days by asking himself: What is authentic to me?Bella Hadid walks Brandon Maxwell\'s fall 2019 show.Photo: Peter White/FilmMagic/Getty Images.\"I\'m not a good faker,\" he says via phone from New York. \"In the early years, that was really hard to do because I was very insecure and young, and I didn’t necessarily feel that I was going to be good enough or acceptable for people in this industry, so I needed to bend in whichever way I thought was gonna make people happy.\" S