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..
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!