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.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Everyone who hates the fact that Anya won is just jealous! Obviously the judges thought she had patentual and they thought she, out of the four of them would be the most successful. Anya has been in the top 3 for almost the whole show and who cares if she can't sew? It's not like she's going to be making all of her clothes herself. The judges made the right desision and I look forward to next season and all of you who think you know what fashion is and isn't are just lying to yourselfs. All of you who are being so critical of her are entitled to have an opinion but that doesn't mean you're right.

Submitted by edt (not verified) on
I am done with the show. Clearly Project Runway is not about the best designer anymore but about personal likability and beauty. Anya's clothes were generic and weak, I can go pick out nice prints and sew flowing dresses, did the judges seriously think this level of nonsense should even be on stage? What a dumb show now.

Submitted by Sandy (not verified) on
I don't understand why 8 of the contestants got to show at Fashion Week. I thought that "honor" was only for the last 4 contestants. Can someone please explain that one?

Submitted by really? (not verified) on
Yes, all 8 designers present at Fashion Week (which was in September) to keep the Project Runway finalists a secret until the show actually airs. Anya and the other three designers and Project Runway judges knew for weeks who won. But it's kept a secret until the air date. No one in the media knew who the final four designers were while they competed at Fashion Week.

Submitted by Karo (not verified) on
Fashion week is in september. Way before the actual show finale. If they only had the 3 or 4 designers show everybody would know who's in the final 3/4. In september there were still 8 designers in the running.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Anya won for one reason - she presented a BRAND. She and her clothes are one package and easy to market.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I will never watch this show again. After last year's fiasco I said I would not watch but my family talked me into it. This time I mean it. I actually believe that not only was it fixed from the get-go, but I think that Anya didn't even make most of her runway show-she just took things out of her own closet (and that is why she had nothing to show Tim back in Trinidad). What an insane game of favorites and considering that Nina rules the roost with judging, maybe she should host instead of Heidi. They should also get rid of the tagline "one day you're in and the next day you're out" because it is a load of BS!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Last year when Mondo was gyped out of his win, I said I'd never watch again. Until I met Mondo himself. I told him I thought he should of won and was boycotting the show never to watch again. He said I should still because it's a platform for budding designers. So I listened, and was disappointed yet again. I am with you. I am DONE with the show!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Last year when Mondo was gyped out of his win, I said I'd never watch again. Until I met Mondo himself. I told him I thought he should of won and was boycotting the show never to watch again. He said I should still because it's a platform for budding designers. So I listened, and was disappointed yet again. I am with you. I am DONE with the show!

Submitted by nuna (not verified) on
i can't believe anya won , what were the judges thinking , you have to live in the bahamas all year to wear her cloth since i did not see any jackets or sleeves on a dress, she skipped even having zippers on her garments, had to sew close on models or rip a seam to be able to go on models heads that is why she made all those v nicks garment to bypass this issue, on the other hand victor were awsome beautiful design classy so what if he made shear cloth he could line it, very disappointed at the choice

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