Friday, October 28, 2011

Caribbean Queen Anya Wins Season 9 of Project Runway

Former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Anya Ayoung Chee was crowned the winner of the 9th season of Project RunwayEverything She Wants spotted the stunning designer shopping at a New York City H&M in September during Fashion Week; and the $100,000 prize will buy a lot of trendy looks.

Anya Ayoung Chee's winning collection./Getty Images
From watching the show, I had a sneaky suspicion Anya would win this season's competition.  Her underdog story -- she reportedly learned to sew only a few months before her Project Runway audition -- was a great fit for the pro-girl-power stance the show has taken since it moved to the Lifetime network.

Although Anya has great taste in selecting prints and her clothes are well-crafted for someone with basic sewing skills, not every woman lives in a tropical climate year-round. So her flowing caftans seem limited to resort wear for spring break and summer vacation.

But what do you think?  Did Anya deserve to win over more seasoned contestants like catty Josh McKinley and uber-tailor Viktor Luna (I love Brooklyn girl Kimberly Goldston but agree with the judges that she needs more time to evolve as a designer)?  

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