Congratulations Anya!

Anya wins project runway

And so she did! Anya Ayoung-Chee of Maraval, Trinidad won Season 9 of Project Runway last night with her collection “Tobago Love.” Inspired by “life in the Caribbean,” the collection featured a lot of prints, plunging necklines, flowing dresses, and bathing suits.

While I absolutely love all of her pieces (there is nothing sexier than a plunging neckline), I was certain that the judges were going to penalize the former Miss Trinidad and Tobago for reproducing the same look no less than 8 times!! I really think it’s important for a designer, especially on a show like Project Runway, to showcase their versatility..and in my opinion, that’s where Anya fell short. Big time.

Here are some of the looks from the 3 other contestants: Joshua, Viktor, and Kimberly..

Joshua looks..

Viktor Luna's looks

Kimberly Goldson's looks

That being said, from a commercial standpoint, Michael Kors summed it up best when he said, “I can picture what an Anya shoe will look like..what an Anya bag will look like. I can picture what her collections will look like season after season.” And I suppose that’s what the judges were looking for in the winner: commercial viability.

So.. all of this to say, congratulations Anya! You’ve made your country very proud!


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2 responses to “Congratulations Anya!

  1. I loved her collection, although you are right her pieces were not versatile. My second favorite was Kim’s looks.

  2. Mariam

    Well collections tend to have that- more than one similar piece. I liked her collection better than the others you showed. Good for her.

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