Project Runway Finale video: Why did Anya win?

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Why did Anya Chee win Project Runway season 9? What were the judges thinking? And how many fans are really done with the show?

The best explanation why and how Anya Chee won Project Runway Season 9 is that everyone from Heidi Klum to Michael Kors has a bit of a girl crush on Anya. She's pretty, tall, and she's got a fancy vocab interwoven with a really cool British Island accent.

And Anya likes prints.

Project Runway's season finale winner couldn't have been more disappointing for Josh. Josh, love him or leave him, did a great job on the runway. Everything about his show as "cool" in the true sense of the word. Not cool like a tropical breeze in the Bahamas, or Trinidad and Tobago, but cool as in can wear in Manhattan or Kentucky all day everyday.

Many fans expressed disappointment that Viktor (the new Mondo) didn't win. Viktor wasn't in the top two. His sheer fabric, Michael Kors noted, was runway mockery. Whimsically wrapped teens in goth, rock, hard core designs but sheer fabric didn't go over with the judges. Point blank, Viktor's dark side, or his evening looks, really were clothes for juniors with not so conservative parents or parents who don't pay attention.

Kim's collection was the more memorable of the four. Kim's colors were catchy, fresh and new. Even if the patterns weren't totally appealing. Kim is 35, but she comes across on camera a lot younger. On stage as she presented her collection, Kim seemed a bit unsure of herself.

So back to Anya. Why was she there anyway? As far as most watchers are concerned, she shouldn't have been in the finale. She had one design to show the judges and the other two were. Well. Hmm... Really bad.

Anya's runway collection wasn't exactly fun. Anya's collection was more of Anya. So it's a good thing that Anya is so Anya because quite frankly, had she been a mean girl or any other type of runway participant, Anya's collection and her win would be, for lack of better words, hard to swallow. But Anya's so cool. We don't really hate her. We hate that she just learned to sew.

But we love that she passionately put her stuff together at the last minute all season and made it work.

Okay, so back to the serious question. Why did Anya win Project Runway? Words can't really describe it, but the video from Fashion Week does. If we keep in mind that 8 designers showed at Project Runway (remember Bryce, Bert, Laura and Anthony Ryan?) and then pair their work against the four from last night, it's easier to see why Anya won.

Anthony Ryan's bright red and feisty colors matched Kimberly's equally feisty and fun colors. Bert's classic and clean collection made Viktor's work look somewhat week and juvenile.

The only unique perspective on the runway in sandals and espadrilles despite nine similar necklines was Anya's. And Josh's.

Watch for yourself. The 8 final Project Runway contestants at New York Fashion Week this September 2011.

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm sorry, but I was SO disappointed by the decision. Anya's looks looked like they took two minutes to make! They were not well constructed at all, and were Uli-Lite. Victor's wasn't cohesive, and Josh's collection was one of the most hideous I've seen on Runway?!? What fashion-forward woman would wear that???? Kimberly should have won. She designed for the modern woman, and she has such a classy and sweet personality. I LOVED her prints, and her dresses were TO DIE FOR. I MUST have that top with the cut-outs!! Anyway, I thought the judges blew it with this one.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think Kim had a very cohesive collection. I think the judges were blinded by favortism for a very beautiful, charming woman. However, I do not understand how someone who cannot make all the pieces of a basic wardrobe (jackets, structured pants) will be able to maintain a business without assistance. I also think it is a foul that she was sewing people into her garments. Is she going to have to show up with a sewing kit and sew her customers into their dresses when they go out? Her only strength is her taste in fabrics. I think the judges failed to judge technical ability, versatality, etc. This judging was definitely based on favortism---not objectivity.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Anya's designs (LACK OF DESIGNS) are like Uli's, except Uli used a lot of blue, the colors of the sea. BUT Kim or Josh should have won.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
that's the same thing i thought, Uli did those same type of dresses some seasons ago, more brightly colored & much better constructed i don't know why they kept saying her point of view was unique :\ there was nothing unique or innovative in what she did.

Submitted by Kate (not verified) on
Anya had no new innovative or interesting ideas or designs. It was the same look and silhouette week after week and model after model on the runway for FW. I understand that this is not Project Seamstress, but I think any accolade attached to winning Project Runway is knocked down quite a bit when the champion is someone with no construction skills or range.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I knew from the get go that Anya would win and that pissed me off. The judges kept making excuses for her over and over again and going on and on about how she just learned to sew. So pissed. IMO, Viktor or Kimberly should have one.

Submitted by Kate (not verified) on
Agreed x 100. They wanted the Anya narrative from the start. She was judged on a huge curve. I agree, Viktor or Kimberly showed a stronger, more innovative collection and designs all season (Viktor more so).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
what a joke are the judges senile or just that out of touch? if i were nina garcias boss she would so be put on sabbatical or the very least probation from marie claire. project runway has totally become a joke. from this moment on their opinions have no credence. i guess the old saying is true "etiquette is for those with no breeding just as fashion is for those with no taste." 2 years in a row talentless hacks who couldn't even design a dickey won. i will definitely not watch next season if they are lucky enough to make it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
what a joke are the judges senile or just that out of touch? if i were nina garcias boss she would so be put on sabbatical or the very least probation from marie claire. project runway has totally become a joke. from this moment on their opinions have no credence. i guess the old saying is true "etiquette is for those with no breeding just as fashion is for those with no taste." 2 years in a row talentless hacks who couldn't even design a dickey won. i will definitely not watch next season if they are lucky enough to make it.

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