PR: Ripping the Collections: Anya

Posted on November 03, 2011

Anya makes fairly pretty clothes in an extremely narrow range. There’s no crime in any of that nor is there any reason to think she’s less likely to have a successful fashion design career as anyone else who ever appeared on (or even won) Project Runway. You never know. There were plenty of pretty, if underwhelming, looks in her collection. But even her best work here is nowhere near design competition-level. Her shapes and techniques are as simple as possible and she repeats the same ones over and over again.

 



This is a very pretty dress, but our reaction now is exactly the same as the one we voiced to each other in the tent at the time: “The fabric is doing all the work.” It’s relatively shapeless and flowy. It just hangs off her. The fabric is gorgeous but there’s not a lot of technique.



This is kind of pretty. We think it looks heavy and overworked, though, and we don’t like the asymmetrical hem.



It’s pretty much exactly the same bathing suit and coverup she showed last week, except cut slightly more flattering and in a more expected fabric. Not a bad look, though.



For us, this illustrates the fundamental flaw with Anya’s design style. She lets the textile do all the work, so when she chooses an ugly (to us) textile, the shapelessness of her pieces stand out. This is horribly unflattering; making her boobs look small and her hips and legs look huge.



We feel like she was trying to do something here. There are some half-assed design element, although nothing that strays too far from her tendency toward sleevelessness and plunging necklines. Once again, you take away the eye-popping prints, and her work falls apart. The only difference between this collection and the mini-collection the judges hated last week is that she changed the fabrics with the conveniently supplied 500 extra bucks.



Pretty fabric, exactly the same shapelessness and lack of design. Look how badly the print is matched at the seams. With such a simple garment, it’s not too much to expect the seams to match up.



Yawn.

We’re sorry. We can’t.


Not bad. The shape of those shorts is awful, though.


Also not bad. And credit where it’s due, not badly executed.




It’s like she cut a hole in some fabric, pinned and stitched it in a couple places, and called it a dress.

And that’s our issue here. There’s nothing wrong with most of these clothes. It’s just that you could buy them in a million shops on a million boardwalks or resorts or cruise ships the world over. There’s absolutely nothing new here and there’s absolutely nothing that demonstrates a superlative sense of fashion design. As we’ve said before, no, this show isn’t Project Seamstress, but execution has always been a criterion for moving forward in the competition. Plenty of designers have been auf’d or had the final prize taken from them because their execution was poor. The reason for this is not because they were looking for a designer who could sew, but a designer who had a real understanding of how garments are constructed and what they can do on the body. A skill and knowledge base like that naturally implies a broader range for the designer as they evolve and change over time. We care less about the fact that she can’t sew and far more about the fact that she doesn’t seem to know or care about construction or technique. It’s got the whiff of a dilettante all over it. We wish her well, but we did not agree one bit with her win and we stand by our assertion that the producers got carried away this year with behind-the-scenes story crafting. Project Runway should be about the search for the next great fashion designer, not the next enthralling reality TV character.

Don’t forget, we’re going to be on Sirius XM radio’s Derek & Romaine show on OutQ 108 tonight at 7 PM Eastern. You bitches better call in (866-305-6887) and scream and yell at us about all things Project Runway. And what the hell, we’ll open the T LOunge tonight so you can all get drunk while we chat on the radio and then we can all watch the “Behind the Seams” reunion special thingie together.

[Photo Credit: David M. Russell for myLifetime.com]

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      BTW, did anyone but me notice that at the very beginning of the competition season, Anya was shown in photographs wearing the black and white dress that is number 6 in this runway show?  interesting. 

      • Anonymous

        I remember that maxi dress in black and white that she wore in the publicity photos, the first episode (when they all “arrived” and had to prove to the judges one last time), in her audition video and in the opening credits. Let me find a picture. Ok, here: http://www.poptower.com/anya-ayoung-chee-project-runway-picture-58548.htm Is this what you are talking about? I noticed it before the show even started that she wore it a LOT and thought–great day, does she have anything else?

        Answer: No.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          My error in memory, clearly.  So thanks for the correction!

          • Anonymous

            But yes–it is VERY similar. I can see where you thought that. I just remembered it because it was worn. so. much. and I was kind of sick of it!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

            Hard to fault you. Most of her clothes look alike, just with different patterns.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

          On a side note. I made 2 versions of that exact dress in the early 80s after I had my daughter. I’m sure it was a vogue  pattern. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

        ooo….links??

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        She wore a red version of the same dress (the original b/w dress, not the runway one) when Tim visited, on the boat. I noticed it because it is a striking design. Maybe it’s something from her Pilar line?

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Possibly so.  I betcha she didn’t sew it though, since it was better made than the stuff on the runway.

        • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

          Oops. I just went to try to find a Pilar website and all it shows is lingerie, or maybe bathing suits, something along those lines anyway.

          • Anonymous

            What a bizarre website for a fashion designer.  Just Anya in underwear riding a giant bug.   Seriously, it looks more like an attempt at high-class porn.  

            • Anonymous

              yeah, I just went to it and it’s kinda creepy actually. No. Just no. {shivers}

            • Anonymous

              She has 2 lines- the anyaderogue one does custom lingerie and swimwear, Both sites, pilarbyanya.com and anyaayoungchee.com have been undergoing ‘adjustment’ since October and are now only showing a few looks; before there were looks from both her previos collections there, Navajo and Bobshanti.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

              What’s with the bugs?  And what is the first site selling?  The second is obviously not sewn by her, which is fine….but not what she was on PR for.

            • Anonymous

              WHOA.  WTF?  That is odd.  I don’t think that is Anya though.  

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

              Completely agree. Weird, but it’s not Anya.

            • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

              It’s not actually HER personally. the bugs are weird though.

            • Anonymous

              I have to admit (and I was pulling for Anya all the way to the Finale), Tim’s meeting with her where she didn’t have a thing done but gave him a yacht ride of the Caribbean reminded me of something out of a Bond movie. All it needed with Tim on deck wearing a white dinner jacket, sipping a martini while exchanging loaded banter with her.

              Approps of nothing, I’d watch the Hell out of a spy movie starring Tim as 007, Bert as Felix Leiter and Anthony Ryan as Q – going against Queen Anya taking over the fashion world from her Trinidad Island Lair. Maybe Kimberly could be the CIA’s “Woman on the Inside”, and Laura Anya’s mind-controlled sex slave…?

          • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

            that’s her anyaderogue website. i’m not sure what the point of it is. the pilar stuff is on this website: http://www.anyaayoungchee.com/

      • Anonymous

        No, because it’s not the same dress.  That was a black and white jumpsuit with this kind of corn cob print running up it vertically.  The look and the effect are pretty damn similar, highlighting how narrow her range is, but it’s not the same garment.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Thanks for the heads up.  I got the two virtually identical dresses, (what a huge surprise) confused.  (EG)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

        SHUT UP!!!

      • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

        I don’t think it’s the same though is it? It’s the same concept as look number 4 though. the pants that look like a dress and have pockets.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      The only one of note is the first dress, because the prints and colors are striking. But let’s face it – I could also pick beautiful fabrics and pin and drape them around a model. I could also make ill-fitting shorts with some cheek hanging out. I am not a designer.

    • Anonymous

      hiddy hiddy hiddy

      If I wore any of those, I’d be constantly adjusting, hitching it up at the shoulders because I’d be worried I’d fall out (if ya get what I mean). Just awful. No woman with any amount of, let’s say, flesh–could wear these clothes. They are all for the super skinny. That first dress is just terrible because it reminds me of those extremely tiny bikinis hootchie mamas wear–3 tiny triangles only covering what they legally have to cover–just horrible.

      I fear my favorite show is no more and PR is like another network’s version of PR. So sad.

      • Anonymous

        Her dresses are made to fit on some one with a body type like Oliveiererere.  My boobs would be smacking me and you and the camera in the face if I wore that crap.

        • Anonymous

          sounds like fun for the viewers (and the camera-persons), but unfortunately not for you and “your girls”.  

      • Anonymous

        Your description of the hoochie mama bikinis is spot on!

        It also reminds me of that horrible green dress J Lo wore to whatever awards show (the Oscars?) years ago.  Was it Versace?  I can’t remember.  I just know it required a hell of a lot of boob tape.

        • Joseph Lamour

          The Green Grammy Dress?

    • Joe J

      I still STRONGLY disagree with Gretchen’s win last season.  Having said that, I look at her signature/final look in her collection here:

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/TIl6Ih7nXGI/AAAAAAAB_tk/JaYo1hTRImk/s1600/Project%2BRunway%2BSeason%2B8%2BFinale%2BGretchen%2BJones%2BCollection%2B19.jpg

      ..and I think it shows ten times as much thought and technique as Anya’s signature/final look above, which looks like my old bedspread from college lazily pinned around the model.

      • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

        I think the producers wanted to do the same thing last year and create a marketable “Brand” around Gretchen but unfortunately for them she seems to have Aspergers and not particularly socially-skilled.

        • jeneria

          This is an excellent point.  By giving the win to Anya, Lifetime and PR now have an eloquent, pretty, likeable spokesperson to brand both the show and the network.  Clearly her charisma overrides the logic centers of the brains of those around her.

          • Anonymous

            I will refuse to buy anything or watch any show with her name on it. I’m sure I’m not alone.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I wouldn’t refuse to buy things from her… if she ever learns to do anything I’d actual pay for.  But since I could make anything in that collection in about 15 minutes, I really don’t see why I’d pay her to save me so little time.:)

            • Anonymous

              I feel like we should demonstrate this!  

              All the bitter kittens who know how to sew should buy a couple yards of cheap, pretty, printed fabric and film themselves making an Anya dress, never taking a break or turning off the camera so there’s an accurate measurement of time elapsed.  We could then put all the videos on a youtube channel (AnyaSewing101?  10MinuteAnyaDress?  HowToWinPRin15Mins?).  It’d be pretty damning to have videos a bunch of us — people who are NOT designers by profession — making replicas of Anya’s winning Fashion Week dresses in less than half an hour.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Now are we making the Anya dress CORRECTLY or are we making it Anya-style?  You know, pattern wonky, fabric cut wrong, improperly fitted…  ‘Cause doing it correctly would tack a TINY bit of time on, but I’m not sure that I could bring myself to do anything that wrong without fixing it…

            • Anonymous

              We could do both to demonstrate just how lacking she is in knowledge of garment construction, but I was originally thinking Anya-style.  

              Of course, by “we,” I mean other people because I’ve unfortunately never touched a sewing machine in my entire life (I really want to learn, but machines are expensive).  Nonetheless, I can provide moral support, do techy things, and be a fit model if anyone’s in the DC/Baltimore area since I’m ludicrously tall.

            • http://www.shnugi.com Shnugi

              I think it’s ironic that you as a person with no sewing skills or experience wants to try to humiliate someone for having limited sewing skills.

            • Anonymous

              I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that you had to have direct experience with an art to be able to recognize shoddy craftsmanship.  See, even though I’m a classically trained opera singer, I always recognized other people’s opinions on vocal performance as valid — regardless of their personal singing ability — but I clearly should stop doing that.  Fellow bitter kittens, I’m here to announce that unless you went to a conservatory, your opinions on music don’t matter!

              I bet this principle works fantastically in just about every single field.  The Occupy protests should just close shop, because they’re trying to demonstrate that economic inequality hurts Americans, but most of them aren’t even ECONOMISTS!  Turns out, you can’t demonstrate support — or lack thereof — for anything at all unless that “thing” is your occupation.  I get it now!  I’ll be sure to talk only about the things I’ve studied: physics, politics and voice.  Anyone here into quantum mechanics?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?  

              Clearly the fact that I have, you know, functioning eyesight is not enough for me to determine whether prints line up properly.  Because I am not a fashion designer, I have absolutely no ability to recognize that the output quality of Project Runway winners has sharply decreased over time.  I certainly have no right to conjure up ideas to depict my frustration — OUR frustration, because there are a lot of people who agree with me — with what has happened to the PR franchise in a way that the producers might potentially notice.  Obviously.

              Finally, as far as I know, Tom and Lorenzo don’t have any sewing experience — just like me.  Should they stop “humiliating” Anya, too?  Should they shut down this blog because they’re unqualified to give criticisms on others’ technical ability?

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Oddly, I kinda dig quantum mechanics and politics, both theory and practice, so that works for me:)

            • Anonymous

              That’s awesome!  Most people I know are either really into politics or science, but not both.  There need to be more of us :)

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S43DT2MS2TQ3ALMNBTNYUULXTA Leielle Davis

              I’m sorry but eyesight isn’t enough. I go to Parsons and I have to say, there is a world of difference between someone who can see clothes and someone who understands them. A dog can see clothes, that doesn’t mean its qualified to make judgements on them. There is a difference between someone with visual design talent and construction experience and someone with neither. That’s kind of the whole premise of the show.

              Do you really not understand why Obama isn’t hiring the average hipster
              protesting on Wall Street as his next chief economic adviser? You can spew your opinions until you’re blue in the face, that is your right. We can all say whatever we want; just don’t expect people to take your opinions with the same consideration as they do from more qualified people. And quite frankly, if you don’t understand that then I feel sorry for you.

              And even if Tom and Lorenzo have no formal experience with visual design (which I actually believe they do, you can’t work in advertising without gaining some of that) they are STUDIED. As in they took the time to learn the terms and the formal aspects of design and dressmaking and have been paying attention to and writing about fashion long enough to have developed a deep understanding of it. I have no problem with that. I believe being self taught is just as valid a way of learning as being formally trained in a school. But don’t pretend you are either.

              The truth is I agree with your opinions about the show, but I feel
              rather indignant at the manner in which you have been saying  them, and I
              find your sarcasm annoying.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              There’s also a difference between someone who sews and someone who can understand construction — your comment shows you don’t understand that. 

              Just because someone says they don’t sew doesn’t mean that they can’t tell you anything about construction;  I could find flaws in the construction of garments long before I could correct them with a sewing machine. 

              And frankly, having eyes and the ability to form an opinion (which a dog can’t due to a lack of higher cognition) DOES qualify one to express an opinion on clothing.  You don’t have to be an expert to have a valid opinion on an art form — art is meant to provoke an emotional response rather than an intellectual one, and every human has emotions with the possible exception of sociopaths. 

              Plus, if you hope to make clothing, you have to sell to customers more than to experts, so when a potential customer says they hate something, it’s valid.  Too many of those and you’re out of business.

              And the snark and sarcasm from previous poster was in response to someone attacking her comments regarding Anya’s collection (and eyes are all that’s required to tell they aren’t hemmed!) because she doesn’t sew.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S43DT2MS2TQ3ALMNBTNYUULXTA Leielle Davis

              Don’t you know anything about the way the fashion business works? You sell your clothes to experts and experts tell the masses what they like. Maybe on a local small business level that assessment would work but in terms of mass-market global fashion not at all. Trends are decided by experts and handed down to consumers.
              And we are not talking about art we are talking about DESIGN. Sometimes fashion straddles that line but it is always in principle design. Design by definition refers to a plan or the construction of an object or a system. In order to talk about design intelligently beyond the scope of ‘I like that’ or ‘that’s pretty’ you need to understand how to practically carry out that plan- your friend may be expert on construction, I dont know- but she herself implied she was not. And most people have trouble understanding how to make something without actually having tried making it. You dont know this type of stitching will snare on that type of fabric, or how long it takes to do this or that without having done it. Maybe you can earn it secondhand but most people don’t. Kudos to you if you did but it was not unreasonable of me to assume otherwise.
              And yes I know a dog cant form an opinion, that was the point of that metaphor.

            • Anonymous

              you have four months to learn before you make your collection.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              You can pick up a small cheap machine at Wal-mart for 75 or 80.  And that’s what you want for learning on anyway — you don’t want a good machine for that because if you’re going to screw one up, it might as well be the cheap one. 

              Just make sure you use lightweight fabrics, because a cheap machine can’t do things like leather.  It will break.

            • Anonymous

              Really?  I thought they cost more than that; then again, I guess those are the nice machines, and I definitely don’t need anything fancy.  I may have to play a little!  :)

            • http://twitter.com/zombuki Brigitte Coovert

              Re: not buying anything related to the show, I actually picked up one of the “bird” palettes at Walgreens and walked around, intending to buy it, then  I remembered this whole season and put it back because I refuse to support this nonsense. So, they lost my $10 at least …

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I prefer Revlon anyway — their long-wear eye make-up last forever:)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

            In the way Lifetime for Real Women competes with, say, HBO to bring you edgy movies of the night, maybe.The substance level is about the same. Anya isn’t in the same workroom in terms of Siriano’s creativity and ability. My goodness, she isn’t in the same galaxy. Siriano is an annoying little git, but he is an incredibly talented young man; he worked for McQueen for goodness sake. Anya, well, she might be able to get a job selling clothing at McQueen. Might.

            • Anonymous

              he worked for McQueen for goodness sake.

              Frankly, that means little.  The question that should always be asked when someone says they worked for a designer is, “Exactly what sort of work did you do?”  I’ve seen enough resumé-puffing in my time to know that job seekers can be very talented at making “I was the kid who got the coffee” sound as though they were the CEO’s right-hand man.

            • Lori

              There’s a lot more to be learned by fetching coffee at McQueen than by entering pageants and making sex tapes.

            • Anonymous

              Depends what you want to learn! 

              But, in any case, that wasn’t the point of my comment.  The point is that you can’t assume that a person has talent just because they worked for someone else, particularly when we’re talking about working in a large company.  You need to know more than that.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              I disagree, at least as it comes to McQueen.  Christian Siriano is a talented young designer and he did know more. Because he worked at McQueen, you know his talents have been noticed by other people in the business and taken seriously, even if it is to fetch coffee. They surround themselves with the best interns. I know people who have worked in the large French houses — He wouldn’t have been there is there hadn’t been some talent; those houses have as much to lose in the money game as anyone else.  Look at LaCroix. Whether you stay longer at a lower station is generally the question; too long and you get stuck and if you aren’t as brilliant as Phoebe Philo or Sarah Burton or even Stella McCartney, you aren’t going to magically get the plum. Still I know a lot of young designers who would kill to work at the large French houses, especially at the early stages of their careers. It’s a really tough business. Even the smallest amount of exposure to them is a good thing and can only help one’s resume.

              Whereas, I felt the judges took one look at Anya’s pretty face and excused a multitude of sins, including the fact she knows little to nothing about design.  (I take that conclusion from Bert’s interview — even designer’s who can’t sew need to know conceptually how it works if they are going to explain it to their seamstress.) That’s fine. It happens all the damned time in the world and I don’t blame Anya for working the system. She has tried branding herself as the beauty queen with a heart, and it has worked. Fashion is a shallow business. Having a pretty face and people with money willing to back that face is, unfortunately, just as respectful a way of rocketing a person to a personal label, if not more so. Jessica Simpson springs to mind, as do Baby Phat and Paris Hilton. That’s a lot of money and name-building built on a celebrity. Even Monica Lewinsky managed to produce a handbag line. Anya will make some money for herself, no doubt, but if I want a caftan I won’t be looking to her (Calypso is much nicer). No, my anger is not at Anya, it’s at Michael Kors and Nina Garcia for participating in her win and not granting the final six even judging.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

              I thought it was an internship and was directly related to his schooling. Maybe I’m wrong but that’s always how I’ve seen it presented. In which case they couldn’t have just had him getting the coffee, assuming it was a properly supervised internship.

            • Anonymous

              Once again

              The comment was directed at the general statement made by the original poster that “working for X” allows an assumption of talent.  It was not a comment on Siriano’s talent or lack thereof.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              You can see McQueen’s influence in his designs, especially in the attention to detail. He picked up more than a few tricks there, many more than someone like Anya with her limited understanding of fashion design and history could pick up.

            • Anonymous

              Is there something you want to tell us? Because you make it sound like Siriano is a hack blowing smoke up everyone’s asses and we all should suspsect he’s padding his resume by saying he worked for McQueen (which, by the way, this is the first time I’ve ever heard).

            • Anonymous

              Reread my post. In context.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I understand what you mean:  Siriano should be judged by the quality of work he has shown — both on the show and since — and by the work ethic he has CLEARLY demonstrated, not by “I worked for McQueen!”  Sometimes that kind of experience is deceptive: you don’t know what they did (though even if he only got coffee at McQueen, I think he was motivated and driven enough to pick up some knowledge just by hanging around and keeping his ears open, and probably made some valuable contacts as well!)  You also don’t know how someone got their job;  maybe they just had a relative or close family friend that could pull some strings for them — which is not a sign of incompetence, merely a sign of using whatever method works to get a valuable opportunity.

              I’m sure Christian himself would agree;  he’s worked very hard to get his name recognized for his work, after all, so I strongly doubt that he’d take kindly to people ONLY being able to point to his internships as evidence of his talent.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              I still don’t feel that he was resume puffing. I did read you comment in context, but to be honest, if I didn’t know (from a friend’s experience) how difficult it is to swing a job at one of the big houses, I might assume the same thing.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              You’re basing that difficulty on getting the job on merit, though.  I can promise you that Anna Wintour’s niece can score one no matter how talentless she is, for instance. 

              Most people in that job are talented and hard-working, I’m sure.  But there are always a few… :)

            • Charis G

              Christian mentioned working for McQueen (and IIRC Vivienne Westwood) several times in his season.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              I would have loved to have fetched McQueen’s coffee. Imagine getting to see the way his mind worked — because the man was an artist and a designer. Even being around a designer of that caliber brings up the quality of ones’ work, and quality is something Siriano has. It bothered me during Christian’s season that he was so referential to the McQueen look (dark, gothic, well-constructed pieces with stunning details), but I found myself wishing this whole season that someone, anyone, would step up and step out. The only one who did — to me — was Bert. I loved his decoy collection more than the final four. And Laura’s decoy collection is stunning; who would have thought such a bitter little kitty could make such lovely things; it didn’t show during the season, possibly because she was too busy playing the game.

          • mrspeel2

            I seriously doubt she’ll be anywhere near the success that Christian has become. She may have personality, and if I was shaped like a willowy model, I might buy a couple of her pieces to take on vakay, (not!) but other than that, there is no there, there.

          • Anonymous

            oddly enough, her charisma’s not working on this site.  most unborn fawns and bitter kitten minions seem to hate her.  anyone know what’s happening in this regard on other sites? someone must like her, since she won fan favorite.  that can’t all be from her public relations team.  or can it? 

            • Anonymous

              I actually like her work mainly, though I think her final collection was lazy and hastily put-together – my housekeeper, who’s also Trinidadian, said she works on “Island Time” and laughed.

              I think Anya has a great sense of style and taste – unlike Viktor (who feels like a style copycat to me) or Josh (who has a point of view – and it’s horrendous!), say. Maybe in a season against Christian or Austin she’d lose (and I kind of figured Kim had a stronger final collection than her, bubble dress aside) – but given this season I think she’s the best designer, if not the best seamstress (that’s Viktor).

              If Anya’s smart, she’ll team up with somebody who has stronger construction skills when she does her line for real. She worked well with Bert – I think an Anya&Bert line would kill, since she’s got modern aesthetic, and he’s got the sense of fashion history and ability to translate designs.

        • Anonymous

          Interesting — they did seem to drop her like she was hot — didn’t see her involved in the casting-judging –but then again, I don’t believe Irina’s ever shown up either since season 6, when she won.  

      • mrspeel2

        “..and I think it shows ten times as much thought and technique as Anya’s signature/final look above…” Sad but oh so true! I was upset that Gretchen won too but even I have to admit her work is, and was, head and shoulders above Anya’s.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

        Ugh, I still HATE it.

    • Anonymous

      There were only two pieces here I like. The first dress, which is all about the fabric, and the brown dress with the gold collar, which is the closest she got to doing something with design instead of fabric. The fact that she won was a joke. A very, very bad joke.

      • Anonymous

        I KNOW! And the fact that these same judges deemed Uli’s resortwear  “one note,” despite her range and technique is just laughable. 

        • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

          Amen! The only thing I thought of, looking through this “winning” collection, is that Uli must be shaking her fist at the sky..

        • Jan Lundgren

          I went back and took a look at Uli’s work, and it was miles above Anya’s final collection.

          • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

            I did that right after the show and became hugely depressed.  Uli’s final collection was amazing.

          • mrspeel2

            I did that too and you’re absolutely right. Uli’s designs were gorgeous!

      • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

        The first dress was very striking, but I have to admit it loses me the more I look at it. The final look seems to have a little more going for it as far as design, wearability, and working with the print. But I do agree that brown dress with the collar is actually well done.

        What’s irritating me so much looking at these is how many of them would totally fall apart without a belt. I’m not talking the look or silhouette or whatnot, but literally they’d fall right off the model. The look with the shorts is one of the worst offenders; I have a hard time believing there’s even any sewing in that “top” and fail to see how it’s any more designed than Carmen’s imaginary menswear shirt from Season 4 (and at least Carmen bothered to make a jacket to go over it). And the one with the swimsuit is just ridiculous. A leather belt with swimwear? Really?
        And that still probably beats that shapeless fifth look that looks like a losing entry from the burlap sack challenge.

        Looking more closely at this collection just makes me more mad. She simply could never have won a design competition, and so obviously PR is no longer a design competition. She could never even have placed on previous seasons of this show, so obviously this new PR has little/nothing to do with the PR I originally liked; it’s about as closely related to old PR as the flashy movie adaptation of a classic novel: same character names, a similar plot if you squint a little to see it, but a disregard for everything that made the original any good.
        I followed this season on blogs, which worked for me because then I didn’t have to watch any of the drama and could just focus on the work. After last season, I needed to see this one prove the show is still worth watching, and it’s not. I think that’s even closer than I’ll be getting to it next year. Gone are the days that I’d actually tune in and watch the show live, or catch it on the website the next day, or re-watch any episodes, or watch any episodes at all. If TLo elected to stop blogging about the show, I wouldn’t miss it.

    • Anonymous

      Last night on the premier of Top Chef they had all the contestants prepare and cook a dish while being watched by two of the chef judges. There was one contestant that ruined a cut of meat by butchering it totally incorrectly and they sent him home – he didn’t even get to cook his dish – his lack of understanding one of the most basic techniques of being a chef got him “aufed”.

      Anya doesn’t understand fabric, construction or sewing – how can she be a top designer?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        And when Michael and Nina went on and on about how “ready” she was to step to the next level I laughed out loud.   Sure, she has a point of view and there is definitely a customer base out there for the sort of things she does.  But she needs years of learning under her belt before she’s ready for the next level.

        • Kristen Sallee

          And what got me was that their reason for dismissing Kimberly as a contender was that “she’s not quite there yet”. Not that I think that Kimberly should have won, but if not being there yet is reason not to win, then how can they reward Anya?

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            cuz Bunim-Murray told them to.

        • Anonymous

          They could have altered the prize and given Anya a scholarship to Parsons.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            A surprise second prize would have been a great answer to this.  You’re so right!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

            Like on Hell’s Kitchen when Gordon Ramsay is so impressed by a chef’s raw talent that he offers to send them to culinary school? I like that idea.

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t she already have a degree from there?

          • grouchywif

            She’s actually already graduated from Parsons, albeit not with a fashion degree.

          • Anonymous

            Anya already went to Parsons! It’s on her website.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              So it wouldn’t take her long to complete a second program — one that gave her additional skills in her new career path.

              But that would involve actual EFFORT so I don’t think she’d go for it.

          • Anonymous

            Great, she went to Parsons. 
            My point:
            She could use some more education in garment construction from wherever.

        • Anonymous

          Bert had a line in the T Lo interview yesterday about today’s fashion industry. He said something to the effect that runway shows are just a way of creating a brand for people who can’t afford the clothing but can afford the sunglasses and underwear. That is basically what Nina and Michael said about Anya. They talked up the “Anya brand.” My butt puckered at that point because I knew she had won…and for the wrong reasons.

      • Now I am The Bee

        I saw that as well.  I thought “good for them” when they told him to leave.  It actually showed some integrity in the competition process.   Remember when integrity was part of PR?  Why, oh why, cannot the Top Chef producers take over PR??  Pllllleeeeeeze???

        • http://dcmoosings.blogspot.com LouC

          Thanks Harvey Harvey Weinstein, for taking it away from the Magical Elves and giving it Murray-Burnham. Yeah, that’s worked out real well.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

        Excellent comparison.  I also watched TC and found his dismissal totally justified (and I wanted to smack the arrogant smirk off his little face).   The PR designers were showing at NY Fashion Week with all the big names, for cryin’ out loud.   Several recent designers’ (and Anya’s in particular) appearances smacked of an unspoken disclaimer that “they’re here to show their ideas, please ignore technical mistakes – after all it’s a learning curve for some.” 

        • Anonymous

          I watched the first episode of TC Texas last night, and was really surprised that they eliminated that chef over his lack of butchering skills, but good for them for having standards.  That guy did come across, albeit it briefly, as more than a tad full of himself.

          • Anonymous

            Oh my GADS yes he did.  Every season of TC I nudge my husband in the opening scenes of episode one and say “there’s the douchebag.” That guy would have been the clear d-bag of the season if he hadn’t gotten his ass handed to him before he was allowed to cook.  That was a beautiful thing.

            PR and TC used to be practically the same show, only I felt like I had a greater understanding of PR in those days because I could SEE the clothes (can’t taste the TC food so I have to take their word for it)…now PR is just me shrugging my shoulders and rolling my eyes and wondering with each week if it’s time to unsubscribe on my DVR…

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

        That’s why I love that subtle dig they put into the Work of Art commericials: “From the producers of Top Chef.”

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Maybe next season they could go with “From the former producers of Project Runway… you know, when it was still good”

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Doesn’t take as much practice to smile and take a picture for a label/signage/banner ad/etc. Then sign off on someone else’s design. Really, does anyone think that Anya will be anything other than a figurehead for the PR-Piperlime-created “Anya Brand”?

      • Anonymous

        I was incredibly happy to see that, partially for the reason you cite, but also because he was INSANELY IRRITATING.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I have been thinking about Anya. I believe her to be genuinely nice, intelligent,  relatively sincere, and somewhat self-aware–genetically blessed between the ears. She knew she was a long shot even to get into the competition and she said a couple of times towards the end that she had not expected to get as far as she did. Part of her cheerfulness and energy came from a what-the-heck-relax-and-enjoy-the-ride attitude.
      So, what were her wins? The HP challenge, with a dress Viktor seems to have designed. I believe that dress had set-in sleeves, too, so somebody did the sleeves for her. She was part of a team and just lucky to have been associated with the winning look. Her next win was the 70s challenge, which involved the lost money, the extra money for a second look, and the split in the judging, with the guest judge going for Bert’s dress. Then she won the bird challenge, pretty much on her own, and despite the problem of having to sew her model into the dress (not a drawback to winning that particular challenge, but only because the goal was editorial not wearability). Finally, she won the mini-collection, but she and everyone else knew that Bert had a hand in that.
      So she KNOWS her limitations. She knows what she can and can’t do, and she knows that for example Kimberley or Laura, to say nothing of Bert or Viktor, deserve the win more than she does. I am wondering if  her “designer’s block” and the lack of effort in her final collection are a response to the question we have all been asking: if Anya sent models down the runway naked would she still win? Maybe she was wondering that, too.
      I do love her fabrics, though.

      • Anonymous

        She did do that pretty cool jumpsuit for Nina that was in the top three. 

        I think Anya’s designer’s block had to do with the fact that she is very competitive and needed the workroom atmosphere (and perhaps help) to push herself. Her design ideas did progress during the course of the show, probably due to what she saw being produced around her. But when she flailed for 5 weeks and showed that load of crap to the judges, she never should have made the final 3. Never.

        • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

          Competitive people don’t need the presence of others to produce quality work.  They just need inspiration, a target, and a deadline.  Procrastinators, slackers, and wannabes need the energy of other, more inspired people to motivate them in their efforts.  Anya has a limited creative scope and works best when surrounded by other, more creative people.  

          I bear her no ill will, but I don’t respect her either.  I do not value the “by any means necessary” mentality.  I value integrity.  And someone with an agent pushing for more ducks to pose as the beautiful and charming underdog of this season does not have integrity.  Especially considering that means it was set from the get-go.  How can you successfully negotiate for more money unless you know you have longevity???

          So I will never in a million years even if I had a million dollars buy anything by Anya.  Not just because I do not respect her, but because there is nothing she is capable of that hasn’t ALREADY been done by someone else.  

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I tend to do better work under pressure myself — same reason I’ve always tested well.  But how is showing at FW not enough pressure?  Oh wait, that’s right… you’d have to have some respect for what you’re doing to feel it was important enough to create pressure…  Nevermind

    • Anonymous

      Uli did it before, and better IMHO. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PMAPJYMO5AC6GMONR6NQFURAXE bebo

      Uli did the same collection,ten time better.

      • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

        And Uli didn’t rely on belts to cinch in the waists.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Yes–I said so, too.  And some of Uli’s garments had sleeves and facings and darts and other details! 

      • Anonymous

        And the judges criticized Uli for all the things Anya did

    • Anonymous

      The clothes are obviously bleh.  The thing that strikes me, though, especially after TLo’s fabulous interview with Bert, is that Anya’s “story” is pretty damn boring too. What’s the story? Pretty girl who is new at something wins prizes for being pretty? Beauty queen makes sex tape? These are old, tired stories that you can get anywhere. I’d much rather have had Bert’s story – he’s at least had a life of truly interesting experiences (some of which are dreadful, others of which – designing for Halston – are awesome).

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        Don’t forget the dead brother. Though, bless her, she seems to have avoided getting misty about him on camera.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

        Her story is as old at time. Them that’s got, shall get. Thems that’s not shall lose.

        • Anonymous

          Bingo.  The “Anya as underdog” story has been making my eye twitch all season, considering her relatively privileged background.

          • Anonymous

            A to the Men

            How on earth is she an underdog? She’s rich, conventionally pretty, and thin, and a Beauty Queen.

            (I held my nose and looked at some of that sex tape. Not a session with a partner recorded covertly and then released, which is what I was expecting. She was clearly performing for the camera)

            Ugh, please make her and her modified Bea Arthur caftans go away.

      • Anonymous

        Yes! I would love to have heard more about Bert’s Studio 54 days, or see some of the footage of Michael Kors getting excited at his referencing Julio. I think Lifetime knows their audience though, and it’s not necessarily the one that will get an older gay man going through hard stuff. I was surprised that they actually let Austin and Santino have a show at all. Although, they did cancel it after one season.

        • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

          I actually really loved On the Road with Austin & Santino.  It was so cute!  And it was refreshing to see Santino behaving like he actually learned manners in kindergarten.

          • Anonymous

            I loved On the Road with Austin & Santino, and mainly because while it was a “reality” show, it was so pleasant and fun. They clothes they came up with under there artificial deadline of one day were not always so hot, but they were so much fun together. There was no snarkiness or horrible behavior, and I felt like the two of them were also having fun. And like you say, it was refreshing to see Santino being polite and gracious,  I got the feeling that it was more like his usual personality than his PR shtick. I think in his season he tried to do like Jeffrey Sebalia did, and create a character that would get him through to the end. All in all the whole show was just a nice little interlude of happiness and fun, and I wish they had given them more seasons.

    • Anonymous

      stupid judges, stupid producers.

    • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

      This, plus the judges’ twitter reactions to criticism have really soured me on this franchise. Trying to make fetch happen and insulting people when they don’t agree earns PR a big middle finger with an acrylic talon on top.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t twitter — what was said?

        • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

          Basically anyone who disagreed with Nina (and there were a lot of people who really were out of line, though) were told they were not wanting to participate in the discussion. What it was is that Nina didn’t want to hear dissent, and there were a lot of people who provided polite but firm criticism of her judgement. My advice to Nina is either don’t respond to people or stay off twitter.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I want to know the reaction of the rest of the professional fashion community to Nina and Michael’s judging.  They could really damage their reputations by so blatantly spewing this crap.  I mean would any of us take them seriously based on the stuff they have said this season?

            • Anonymous

              that’s what I was wondering, too. But I guess that PR is simply a complete nonentity within the fashion world that it doesn’t matter how ridiculous they judge on the show.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              I would suspect that it is.  I’ve been on record before that Marie Claire is hardly a top of the pile industry mag.  I would ask our lauded TLo, though, how many really high level Fashion people were at the PR show in the Park?  I sure can’t imagine Andre Leon Talley showing up.

            • Anonymous

              Although ALT has lost all credibility since becoming a judge on ANTM!

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Got say he never had a lot of credibility with me in the first place… but I have issues with the industry in general.  I love the product, I just don’t understand why you have to be an ass to be in charge of producing it….

              Sorry, carry on:)

            • Anonymous

              I agree with LovelyJane that PR is “a complete nonentity” in that it’s accepted as entertainment with the merest nod to fashion.

              I do think, though, that it’s probably considered marvelous public relations for an industry that’s often been criticized as elitist and irrelevant. Even if your audience is disgusted with the show, or entranced by poor performance, or just flat out pig-ignorant – there IS an audience, and an audience of millions. That, alone is probably enough for it to be seen, on balance, as a positive.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              What a wonderfully adroit assessment. thanks!

          • Anonymous

            Nina also cut and pasted the same stupid statement about Viktor (after saying that his first look was her favorite of the season). Basically she said “Viktor had 5 missteps.” As opposed to Anya’s 9? or Josh’s 8?

            • Anonymous

              Another TLo commenter pointed out that Viktor’s 50% success rate was still better than Anya’s 33% “acceptable” rate when they previewed the three looks from their final collections.  Yet Anya’s 33% justified bending the rules to avoid her elimination…

            • Anonymous

              grrrr…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

        Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!

      • http://twitter.com/Theatrechick73 Theatrechick73

        Yeah I’m done with PR.  I can’t watch it anymore when the fix is so obviously in. It may have always been fixed before, but at least it wasn’t so obvious.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, and it was FUN to watch! FUN! I almost feel like I watch out of obligation now…like a relative you don’t like who comes to visit and you have to go to dinner with them or something. isn’t that weird? I’m going to dvr next season and check in from time to time (and read T Lo religiously, of course). If it seems worth my time, I’ll start watching, if not, delete, delete, delete.

          • Anonymous

            YES, EXACTLY.  I watched it because, for some reason, I felt compelled to do so, even though after just about every single episode, I turned to whomever I was watching with and said, “Well, THAT was boring.” It sounds so weird, but it was like a highly structured (with regards to schedule) version of doing the laundry or something: I watched it because I HAD to, not because I enjoyed it.

            …not that I do my laundry once a week (I own approximately 8000 pairs of underwear so I can stretch it out more), but I figured it worked as a simile.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      those shorts in look 8, as part of the winning collection in the project runway finale, are a giant ‘fuck you’ to everyone who’s ever been eliminated by showing the slightest bit of butt out of their dress/shorts. 

      they. do. not. fit.

      • Anonymous

        There’s entirely too much tootie being exposed!

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Poor Emmett!! But not poor Emmett. He’s done well for himself. He should give the finger right back.

          • Anonymous

            In Emmett’s case, his success is definitely the best revenge.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      There’s a reunion special tonight? I’ll pass. 

      I am so Project Runwayed out, it’s ridiculous. I almost didn’t even open this post, I just wanted to see up close how bad it really was. And it was bad.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      I said it before, and I’ll say it again, this was a fabric show. The fabric designers should be named the designers of this collection. This makes me sad. I hope Tim redeems himself tonight and doesn’t dig any deeper into the abyss.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

        Right? I love that ocean textile. I can haz in a real dress plz?

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          It really is a beautiful fabric. But no, that is not a “real dress” by any means! LOL! :)

    • Anonymous

      There’s a reunion/special thingy?  How did I miss that?  And miss it I will. Handel tonight.

    • Anonymous

      I can kind of see the Uli comparisons too…but more like a really depressed Uli meets an exceptionally exuberant Gretchen.

      • Anonymous

        That is hilarious.  You made my morning.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        Before any sewing lessons were taken by either Uli and Gretchen…

        • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

          And sewn by Ping. LOL

          • Anonymous

            OMG, Ping!!

      • Anonymous

        Wow!  Very perceptive–and very funny!

      • Anonymous

        You must have a better imagination than I have – I’m having a hard time visualizing an “exuberant Gretchen.”

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to “like” every comment this morning.

      • Now I am The Bee

        I like that!  :) 

    • Anonymous

      Still the same question re the bathing suit–who made it? Anya who couldn’t set a zipper or actually sew much more than a (semi) straight seam? And of course the pattern on number 4 (the black & white you called out) and to a lesser extent several of the others didn’t match–how could they when they were being thrown together in a few hours rather than weeks/days? And I don’t care if this IS all resort wear–I can not believe that the majority of women whether they are at a resort or a party really choose to have a wardrobe of dresses that barely cover their bare mammaries. And did you notice on that same black & white look with the lousy seams we got navel as well? I know I’ve ranted throughout the season and everyone probably calls me a hater but honestly, I’m not, just terribly disappointed and feeling impotent about the direction PR has gone.

      • Anonymous

        You know, it really ticked me off that she made 3 of these looks the night before. THE NIGHT BEFORE showing at freaking Lincoln Park! That is the equivalent of an actor learning all their lines and blocking the day before Opening Night on Broadway, or an artist painting the day before showing at the Guggenheim. It’s a huge honor that is not something you go into half-assed or without putting your heart and soul into, which you can’t do in just 3 days. They handed it to her on a platter and she made (I will NOT say designed) 3 of these the day before, its really a smack in the face to the others in the final, with their years of training and work and experience. She sweeps in and takes it. Its an insult.

        • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

          This is exactly what keeps me from watching the finale. I’m afraid I would explode seeing them hand over money, AGAIN, to be able to give Anya the win, AGAIN. I. JUST. CAN’T. 

          Total slap in the face to those designers who worked their asses off to get to Bryant Park. 

          • Anonymous

            Anya made three dresses the night before she showed? Get out of town! That might explain the sloppiness of execution, but since she was the chosen one, it didn’t really matter, did it?

            One thought that keeps repeating in my brain about this season is that Heidi, in championing Anya, seems to be ov

        • Anonymous

          well said!
           

        • mrspeel2

          “It’s a huge honor that is not something you go into half-assed or
          without putting your heart and soul into, which you can’t do in just 3
          days.”

          You can if you know ahead of time that you’re going to win! She would have had to be blind to not see B/M was doing everything in their power to get her to the finish line.

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

        As you already know, I wholeheartedly agree. Even the women who theoretically could wear this stuff are a breeze, a shrug, a turn away from way more exposure then they bargained for. I don’t have a problem with exposed boobs if you intend to expose them, but all these clothes are an accident waiting to happen. 

        I don’t hate or even dislike Anya, I just don’t see how she made the finals, much less won the whole dang thing (except for that producer intervention and Lifetime we want a story line thing). 

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Frankly, HOW COULD THEY NOT MATCH?!?  It’s not a hard pattern to line up and it’s not a hard design to cut!  It would have taken MAYBE five extra minutes to line it up — any halfway competent seamstress could have done it easily and quickly.

        • Anonymous

          The key is that it would take a haflway competent seamstress to do that…and we all know that Anya has so many other, better things to do, such as working on her “brand”.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed. According to people who sew (me not being one of them so I guess I’m a likely candidate for PR 10) the fabric was cut incorrectly to start with–half of it was cut upside down. I think even with my limited skills I learned that in Jr. High Home Ec class.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I remember when my grandmother first introduced me to a sewing machine.  She had me make pillows (the second was a heart shape, so according to the new standards of PR, my 8 year old self was over-qualified — I could sew a CURVED seam) and I complained that I wanted to learn to sew CLOTHES.  Her response: “You already know how to sew clothes — sewing is sewing.  What you need to learn is how to CUT clothes.”

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      I can’t decide which schmatta I like the best!
      Sigh. I don’t understand how this is a collection; there is no common theme except for the dress shape. No color story, just random prints.
      Execution was horrible. People commented about how nicely the clothes flowed on stage. All I could notice was the gaping back of the dress as it came away from the body. #6 was such a hot mess: mismatched print, serious garment alignment issues, and a bellybutton view to boot. #5 is also a wrinkled horrible mess. Why would anyone wear that? It reminds me of Daniel Franco’s craft paper suit jacket from Season 1. Blech.

      • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

        That’s another thing that’s bugging me; aside from being the same dress over and over, there’s no real cohesion. The black and white looks don’t mesh with the gold don’t mesh with the blue/green. It’s a really appalling collection, and any number of these dresses would have landed her in the bottom 3 on a real PR challenge, let alone the finale.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’ll be the lone dissenter.  I liked Anya’s collection.  Yes, I get the fabric makes the clothes, etc., etc., etc., but Anya’s collection was the only one I’d wear.  The others were high fashion, forward thinking, whatever, whatever.  At the end of the day you’ve got to sell the clothes to someone and I’d wear Anya’s over the others and I have a sneaking suspicion that most “regular” women feel the same way.  I like pretty, high fashion clothes but they’re just not realistic for the life I live and as much as I ooh and aah over the pretty, the couture, the ridiculously expensive? I need and buy clothes that work for my run of the mill little life.

      • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

        that clothing would seriously have to be altered in order for me to wear it in my everyday life. i don’t think plunging necklines such as those are ok anywhere but the beach. 

      • Anonymous

        Are you honestly saying that in your “run of the mill little life” that you routinely wear dresses cut down to your navel? That you wear bootie shorts with sleeveless tops cut down to your navel? That you wear sleeveless dresses day in and day out without ever considering pants? Or sleeves?

        Do I think that Anya’s cloothes have a place int he market? Sure. Do I thniink that Anya’s clothes should have won her the top prize in a design competition? not a chance.

        • Anonymous

          Not day in and day out, but I’d wear more of Anya’s collection – than I would of anyone else’s.

          Green day glo shorts – nope.  Backless tops that look like they’d be hell to keep up – nope.  Sheer blouses a la the 80s – nope.  If that’s what you like, rock on.

          I did like Viktor’s first dress and Kimberly’s last dress. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

            Bert’s was the most wearable for “regular women.”  Laura’s was the most successfully fashion forward.  Anya’s was the same unstructured beach coverup for stick thin women over and over.

        • Now I am The Bee

          To be fair–I’m planning a cruise trip in the winter, and I would certainly pick up a couple silky caftans or dresses  such as Anya’s first dress for wearing around the ship and on the beach.   But–that’s about the only place I could ever see wearing any of her garments. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        Not to be crude, but I’m a standard issue “regular woman” body shape, and no way could I wear many of Anya’s clothes.  That means I’m a size 8 and have bigger than A cups.  I just don’t buy that a regular woman can wear these clothes.  Anya could wear these clothes, and models can wear them.  So unless you’re a genetic lottery winner, not so much IMO.  I can see many of them as beach coverups or special occasion dresses for a cocktail hour on a cruise ship if you’re 25 and thin, but can we recall that Laura Bennett (by far a superior designer in every way) was criticized hard for all her plunging necklines?  And didn’t win?  Anya showed no range whatsoever.  Making one flowing dress over and over shouldn’t give you the win on PRW.

        • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

          “but can we recall that Laura Bennett (by far a superior designer in every way) was criticized hard for all her plunging necklines?  And didn’t win?  Anya showed no range whatsoever.  Making one flowing dress over and over shouldn’t give you the win on PRW.”

          exactly

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, this.

          Wanna bet what the judges would have said to Viktor if he had made eight of his trademark jackets in a row?  Or Kimberly if she had made eight killer pairs of pants?

        • Anonymous

          Yeah. I once was (in today’s sizes) about a size 2/4 and an A cup and went bra-less a lot,  and let me tell you – without boob tape I couldn’t have worn most of these in public. Because it’s hard to have fun when you have to be exceptionally aware of your posture & potential exposure at all times.

      • Anonymous

        Do you like to show your navel and side boob and flirt with ass cleavage in your clothes?  Are your boobs small enough that you don’t need a bra?

        I’m not trying to bitchy or anything, but 95% of the women who have ever nursed a baby could never wear these clothes based upon the boob issues alone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

          Maybe boob tape or sticky cups are part of her daily dressing regimen…

          • http://twitter.com/meg_a_wo_man Megs

            I can’t imagine those dresses don’t come with a pack of boob tape.  As a flat chested female, I can only imagine that wearing a silky dress that hangs so low with such a plunge would cause a nip slip if I even turned around too quickly if I thought someone called my name.

            • Anonymous

              YES!  As I said in a reply elsewhere, even as a thin A cup who often went bra-less I wouldn’t have worn these (without boob tape) because you can’t have fun if you have to think about posture and exposure at all times.

        • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

          I am also a regular sized women by the above definition and I have a few dresses like Anya’s. Here’s the thing, you’re safe if they’re cut well. If Burt or Vicktor made a low cut dress, you could expect it to stay on. Anya? Just gravity and prayers, chile.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, I’d buy Viktor’s clothes. That first dress is actually a good professional day / evening dress. It really is. And his other clothes are great as well. I am a regular woman and couldn’t wear Anya’s dresses. I’d look like a freaking hobbit. Her clothes are for the long and lean, hardly the “average” woman.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Where would you wear it?  honestly, I’m boggled.

        • Anonymous

          Vacation, girls night out, date night with my husband…anywhere I’d wear any other sundress. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        And would you pay designer prices for them?  Does your “run of the mill little life” lend itself to paying $900 for one of those dresses? 

        I think a lot of women would buy some of those dresses (with an altered neckline) — and already have, at Macy’s, for about $50 each — that’s not a designer price point. 

        • Anonymous

          Um, no I wouldn’t pay $900 for a dress.  Ever.  All I am saying is that I (key word being “I”) like Anya’s collection the best. It is the one that I – tall, flat chested, and thin would look the best in. And it’s the one I’d wear.

          I don’t have $900 to spend on anything besides my mortgage.  Calm the hell down. 

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            Was I in some way overreacting?  Because it was a legitimate question.

            I have no problem with you liking Anya’s style at all.  In fact, when my husband saw the finale collections, he liked it the best, for the same reason — it looked like clothes.  It looked like what I would buy (providing it met MUCH higher construction standards, like having the hems finished.)

            But when you’re talking about a designer doing their own line, you’re talking about doing it well enough and uniquely enough to justify (to those who spend that kind of money on clothing — like you, I’m not one of them:) the price point that designer clothing is sold at.  Which is one of the reasons I see a GIANT problem with Anya’s win — I saw nothing from her that could hit that price point and sell.  Even her Piperlime jumpsuit wasn’t priced at ANYWHERE near what a “designer” line would ask.  And Kors especially should be aware of that. 

            Now if she wants to build a downmarket brand, doing things like Target — that she could do quite easily, providing she alters the necklines to suit more women. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

              And this is the problem.
              Ideally, designers can make some outrageous, high fashion looks to sell to the super rich elite, and then have those designs adapted to more manageable price points and wearability concerns. This is why I thought Viktor was a shoe-in. I would wear very little of his collection in my everyday life, but showcase some of his prints in shirts or dresses with less high-fashion silhouettes, or tone down some of his jackets a bit, and I’d totally be on board. He would have been a fabulous winner, and I think there’s a definite upstream and downstream market for his work, regardless of whether I would personally wear a sheer mirrored top to work (and I wouldn’t).

              Anya’s stuff could be adapted to be wearable, but she’s in the wrong market for it. Her stuff worked for Piperlime, but these are almost essentially the same design with a significantly higher price tag, and are most definitely not worth it. There’s a reason the starlet critique of “I would totally wear that” or “I wouldn’t wear that” is so eye-roll-inducing; it’s a bad critique and absolutely not a good standard of judging design. Ease and wearability aside, most of Anya’s stuff flat-out isn’t designed.

      • Anonymous

        Ahahaaaa! I don’t really mind that you liked the collection but writing “regular women” will like it/wear it is insane to me. The average woman living in the U.S. is 5’4″ and 160lbs. These clothes are not made for average women. My body is not “regular” (whatever that really means) as I am 5’7″, 140lbs, 39-27-38. (yay I won some sort of genetic lottery and I have youth! Nothing will stop me now!) I wouldn’t even grab any of those dresses to try on. And I LOVE a good, flowy maxi-dress. My boobs would not be contained! Like someone else said, even if you didn’t have large breasts the way the tops are cut, nipples would be released. Release the nipples!

        • Anonymous

          “yay I won some sort of genetic lottery and I have youth! Nothing will stop me now!”

          Laughing out loud! You go, woman!

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        Clearly you come from Anya’s clown car of hired support.  Because if you claim that any of the collections –decoys included– that walked the runway at Lincoln Center are “high fashion,” you obviously haven’t actually SEEN them.  You’re just here to say, “oh but Anya’s are so wearable and all the ‘regular’ women are too afraid to voice their opinions to these high-fashion, couture-loving harpies.”  

        I have no idea why anyone bothered to respond to you seriously.

    • Now I am The Bee

      Oh my gosh.  How did this happen, this collection winning PR??!?  This is the first time I’ve seen this–it is awful.  While I love the fabrics–all soft and flowy and certainly Carribean–the worst looks are just poorly made and thought out, and the best are so derivative of what Uli sent down the runway years ago.  And Uli did it so much better.  
      I did see the beginnings of a collar on one dress–that’s it as far as design details. 

      I am (still) acrimonious. 

    • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

      currently listening to an interview with kimberly and low and behold she auditioned for season 6 (maybe) of PR after just beginning to sew and tim told her she needed more experience. how times have changed…

      • Anonymous

        I listened to that too!  I was struck that Kimberly sounded appreciative that Tim told her that.  And she never asked the judges for special consideration for her inexperience (of course, she knew she wouldn’t have gotten it).

        • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

          and she also said that she would never have gotten as far as she did in this season, if she had been accepted then. sometimes making people wait is the best gift you can give them.

          • Anonymous

            And sometimes, you push someone through too soon and they win. Grrrr!

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately, Tim wasn’t at the auditions this year.  When they did the initial cut of four designers, he wanted to send her home due to her lack of sewing experience, but was overruled.

        • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

          drunk, indignant heidi will always be my single specific memory of the season 9 auditions. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      Nina got this right about her: She’s someone who got good tastes. And that’s why I think she’s better being a stylist or a friend you wanna hang out with when you go shopping.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      NB Look #7 is the “robe” she showed the judges as one of her 3 looks, over the black bathing suit. She just belted it up and got rid of the black suit. 

    • Judy_J

      The only dress that is interesting to me is the second to the last look (with the gold collar).  Everything else looks like the same dress done in different fabrics.  Oh, and those shorts….hideous.  I’d hate to have to sit down wearing those.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Be sure you don’t sit on anything vinyl…you’d stick. 

        • Judy_J

          I was thinking more about the inevitable wedgie.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, and maybe carry some of those paper toilet-seat covers around, just to be safe.

    • Anonymous

      You nailed it with the phrase “A Whiff of the Dilettante” about Anya.  That is EXACTLY it.   I think she just wants to be famous somehow – Miss Universe, Project Runway, what have you – and that she doesn’t give a rats ass about the art of designing clothing.   UGH.  I hate her even more now. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t hate her. She did not deserve to win, but it’s not her fault she won.  I seriously doubt that she will use the money to launch a design career.  She may put out a line or two.  But once she realizes not everyone thinks she is the next great designer, she will be on to something else.  Dilettante.  Once again, TLo, you guys got it right.

        • Anonymous

          It’s not Anya’s “fault” that she won, but she still chose to  participate and walk off with all the prize money.  While she’s not the main culprit for how this season turned out (I blame the producers/judges), I don’t really assume the purest motives on her part either. 

          I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually respect her less than Gretchen, who at least appeared to take designing seriously (in her own horrible bug-eyed narcissistic little way).

      • Anonymous

        A whiff of the dilletante, indeed.I think you’re on point about Anya wanting to be famous, and this was the ticket she picked to further her ambition. I don’t hate her. I dislike Bunim/Murray and the judges for turning this season into a cheesy mess.

    • Anonymous

      “There’s nothing wrong with most of these clothes. It’s just that you could buy them in a million shops on a million boardwalks or resorts or cruise ships the world over.” 
      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw her “collection” — before leaving Trinidad, she stopped by one of the tourist gift shops and picked up a few dresses. 

    • Anonymous

      There are pretty fabrics here but not pretty clothes.  The only thing I like is the dress with the gold collar, which looks nothing at all like her work. In these pictures it seems to have a strange crotch bulge, which I assume is due to faulty construction making it ride up when the model walks. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: The fabric is doing all the work.”

      Exactamundo. 

      In any of the early seasons of PR, these dresses would have gotten a contestant Auf’d pretty early on.

      That bustline she keeps using (I’m sure, because it is the easiest to construct) has got to be one of the most unflattering bustlines of all time. And she cannot see it. And she has no sense of color or fabric. And I don’t even want to speak about the potato sack dress.

      Think back to what Uli did with this same category of resort wear. ‘Nuf said.

      Bottom line: She is NOT a designer. Period.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        If the fabric is doing all the work , it needs to be fired! Because if you cut two lengths of  (apparently) $1,000 fabric upside down in real life you would be.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Hahahahaha… EXACTLY! 

          Doesn’t it just kill you to hear about how “they move well” too?  How would you even go about making that fabric move BADLY?!?

          • Anonymous

            Line it with acrylic felt?

            • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

              sacrilege!!!! (but that would certainly do the trick, lol)

            • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

              sacrilege!!!! (but that would certainly do the trick, lol)

    • Anonymous

      Hello, my name is Anya. I use beautiful prints and beautiful women to hide the fact that I have no design skills whatsoever. I also use  my beautiful looks and back story  to win over reality tv judges and Lifetime producers. 

      (Ah, I’m being mean – I don’t particularly dislike the girl – of course she’s gonna take the win if they hand it to her. I’m just so frickin’ peed off at the judges for being so obviously manipulated. Project Puppet Show for sure). 

    • Anonymous

      1.  Pretty. But it would be better if that inverted pleat wasn’t repeated so many times in the collection. Plus the print could have been matched a lot better in this one too.
      2. The inverted pleat at cb and cf is very unflattering on this one. Plus the stripe mismatch at the seams is Fashion Bug level bad.
      3. Same bathing suit as the preview with no fit corrections. Who set the zipper. And the cover up is just a length of pretty chiffon.
      4. This is a one way print. It is cut upside down on the left and right side up on the right. No one on earth could match it as it was cut wrong.
      5. What is this supposed to be. Mess.
      6. Another one made out of a one way print. With the fabric cut upside down on one side.  If a small business makes a mistake like that in production , it will cost you your business. No way to correct.
      7. What? Topless, Really? It looks unfinished.

      8. The top is two pieces of fabric sewed into the waistband flung over the shoulders and belted at the waist. Why would anybody buy that?
      9. Tried to recreate the stand up “Bert ” collar and failed. The fabric is too limp.
      10. Kimberly’s finale dress in tie-dyed chiffon.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Thanks for the play-by-play, SS.  I thought #6 was the wrost.  Not just the badly cut and matched print, but also the model’s belly-button hanging out there,   A little ickky. 

      • Anonymous

        WOW !
        Thank you for the review. I love reading your insightful comments.

        I still don’t know why they loved the first dress (besides the fabric)  The cut in the front, the triangles start so low that the nip is barley covered. Plus the way they are sewn (?) into the waist band when she stops walking the front comes aways from the body  because it doesn’t fit. It just hangs.  Huge yuck factor.

        cheers,  parsnip

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for the detailed explanation of why the execution is so poor for those of us that don’t sew!

      • Anonymous

        Amid the badness of this season, Tim Gunn being utterly un-bowled over by Anya’s inverted pleat still makes me giggle.

    • Anonymous

      You guys must be relieved that this was the last time you had to type your Anya critique.  Hope it doesn’t get ugly in here.

    • Anonymous

      When you can’t even design and sew a sleeve, that’s pretty bad. I really only see her collection in a women’s boutique on cruise ships. Lots of mumus.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

      Anya reminds me of nothing so much as Jon Hamm’s character on 30 Rock. For those who haven’t seen it, Hamm’s character wasn’t very smart or good at things, but they let him become a doctor because he was so handsome.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Yes!  And when that bubble of his good looks was gone–there was nothing there–no substance–no talent–no nothing.  Perfect analogy! 

    • Anonymous

      i really like the straw coloured short dress, and the last short print dress with the satin collar. i wish she had done more short dresses.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a puzzlement.  She was smart enough to wow the judges with that first look which is basically about the gorgeous fabric, the lovely model, the breeze created by the runway, and the music creating a mood. Still don’t care for the second dress though I like the fabric.  The bathing suit is pretty–like the wrap. The turquoise-ochre jumpsuit badly made–and garish.  The little gold tunic is cute — again, love the fabric.  Looks like something I would want to buy if I saw it at Pua here in Washington, DC.  (Organic fabrics, South Asian artisans). Don’t care for either of the black and white nightgowns.  Her last look is right up there with the worst of Josh’s.  An instance where the beauty of the fabric was not enough.

      It’s upsetting to see people win when they don’t deserve to.  And it’s also upsetting to see judgments made so unfairly against folks who do seem to have put some skill and real effort into their collections when these same judges are sitting pretty and have nothing to lose beyond their reputations.  The disrespect shown to Viktor was really stunning.

      The idea that this show would ever really produce the next great American designer, whatever that means, was always laughable, but now the thing has devolved into we’re going to do whatever we want and justify it in any way we can.  Maybe they figure the bigger the controversies, the better for ratings.  It used to be fun and satisfying to see people who deserved it be given that “once in a lifetime opportunity.”  I remember feeling great when I saw Leanne win, for example.  Or when it became clear that Korto and Mondo and Daniel V were being given a chance for real exposure.

      This is just wrong. And sleazy.  It sucks.

      To Josh’s credit, at least he had the courage to make the point on a couple of occasions:  this young lady cannot sew at a level the competition calls for. 

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      I do have a theory that Anya might be Malcolm McLaren’s last protege.
      She has the looks/mohawk of Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow. She kinda dresses like a female version of Adam Ant. And she’s a relative designing newbie thrust onto the world stage before learning much in the way of her craft (like how the Sex Pistols came about).
      I just don’t think she’ll have the impact on fashion that the Sex Pistols had on music. Her product is just not that good.

      • Anonymous

        LOVE

      • Anonymous

        awesome!

      • Anonymous

        I dunno.  Vivienne Westwood did pretty well out of her collaboration with McLaren…

        • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

          True. I guess that Vivienne Westwood could also be considered a Malcolm McLaren creation, but I think of her situation as more that Malcolm was her benefactor.

          Westwood did some schooling for fashion and had been sewing for years before she met McLaren. And from what I read, in the beginning Malcolm was the Anya, giving design ideas to Vivienne (the Bert) to make into a reality. But I guess this was all a springboard for some fashion greatness later on. Would her life be different had she never met Malcolm? Most likely. But was she created by Malcolm? I don’t think so.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

            Vivienne Westwood had a lot more schooling than Anya. I would say she was a more complete package as she studied art, silver-smithing and fashion. She had been selling her jewelry on Portobello Rd for a long before McLaren, but he definitely showed her the underground punk scene. She designed what he wanted, adding her own flavor and experiences to the mix. I’d say it was an even collaboration between the two in terms of talent and vision.If Anya found someone who can interpret her ideas — or better, actually go to school and learn how to construct a garment — then she might be able to make it work. She makes a great face for a brand, as Nina and Michael pointed out.

            As for Westwood, I have a feeling she would have made it one way another, just later. (As it was, she was in her late 20s when everything started happening, but she was working class English and the punk movement would have effected her anyway given she was still selling her jewelry collection in that scene, prior to McLaren.) Of course, my favorite “collaboration of hers with McLaren is her son Joseph, who founded Agent Provocateur. :)

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          NO NO NO NO NO.
          THIS WAS A TEAM EFFORT FROM THE FIRST. no benefactor, no nothing. for heavens sake.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        MALCOLM McCLAREN IS DEAD.

        edited to add:
        & he was ANYTHING BUT stupid when he was alive. he wasnt likely to get bought by something as minor as anya!

      • Anonymous

        My mind read “Malcolm McLaren” as “Marshall McLuhan”. It still kind of works, too.

    • Anonymous

      I doesn’t make any sense to talk about Anya’s collection. Not if you want to talk fashion design. It’s not what they judge anymore. They judge what they think an average suburbian housewife would consider good fashion design. And what the production company might milk for money. And what will make “good” reality tv.

      The judges are the ones who lost credibility here. And really? They were pissed when they were criticized for it? Like they actually meant what they were judging on that show – and not – like I was convinced – just cynically playing along with the producers’ decisions?  Weird.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        To be fair though, they would hardly be willing, (or legally able) to admit that their judging decisions were not their own.

        • Anonymous

          EzzzzzzACKly.  If you get paid to spout producer nonsense, you have to insist that you meant every word when you’re challenged. 

          Still waiting for Nina to wear Clinique Counter’s “editorial” shorts to prove that she really meant it.

          • Anonymous

            Doubt that’s gonna happen.  She still hasn’t worn Gretchen’s granny panties.

          • Anonymous

            I’m still waiting for her to wear Ra’mon’s neoprene shift dress she actually SAID during judging that she’d wear. Tim, who was not as impressed, *thoughtfully*  purchased it for her as a gift. (God, I love Tim Gunn, still.)

            • Anonymous

              Maybe Nina had second thoughts, as Ra’mon dyed that neoprene in the old commode…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK26PHQATX3VMJXUJDYLOC24GE K

      Gown #1 is a nip-slip waiting to happen. Gorgeous fabric. On the swimsuit, you could see labia trying to bulge out. Not what I want to be showing. 5th look (4th flowy gown) is another almost nip-slip.

      I saw a lot of similar gowns on my last vacation to Hawaii. I’m guessing when I go to Florida this month, I’ll see more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      The reason Anya won is because the judges were picturing Anya herself in all those clothes– she designed a collection for herself to wear, and they were in love with her.  Pretty nauseating that Bert and Laura, both of whom had better decoy collections than Anya’s winner, didn’t even get to the final 4.  The show’s a joke. Laura’s output on the show was pretty meh, so I can understand her not making it (even though she’s just as “cute” as Anya, I guess her personal narrative wasn’t being told forcefully enough by her publicist to the producers). Bert, OTOH, seems to not have made it because he’s an older person and not as fetching as Anya. That’s insulting and that fact is what has made me want to drop the show entirely.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, and I’m mystified.  I don’t understand what it is about her that they were in love with anyway.  Her back story is not particularly interesting and she doesn’t seem particularly special in any way. They sacrificed their show and their credibility for her, and I can’t see why she was worth it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

          Agreed.  And I for one was just as inspired by Bert’s story, and I think the average Lifetime viewer would also have found it inspirational.  I guess they just can’t picture people buying Bert Keeter sunglasses or underwear.  I for one would love a Bert Keeter dress, because it might actually fit my body!

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            He’d have to name the label something else — Bert Keeter is not a terribly fashion-friendly name. 

        • Anonymous

          I smell money. Maybe we can’t see it yet, but I can still smell it. Barring a personal relationship with someone in power, it’s the only thing that can explain it. Someone decided she had cash cow potential and sold that idea to everyone else in charge.

      • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

        “Laura’s output on the show was pretty meh, so I can understand her not making it (even though she’s just as “cute” as Anya, I guess her personal narrative wasn’t being told forcefully enough by her publicist to the producers)”

        Did I miss that reveal? Laura is the one with the publicist? As in “the publicist that wanted more money for the client” per Tim Gunn?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

          No, it was Anya who had the publicist.  Laura didn’t, so she didn’t get the mileage out of her cuteness that Anya did.  Also, Anya had that exotic thing going for her, while Laura was just the run-of-the-mill blonde American with a bad attitude.  I’m pretty sure Tim was talking about Anya when he made his comment. 

    • King Dex

      It’s much worse than I remembered. I think when I first saw the collection, all of the flowy fabrics disguised (even more) just how bad all of this really is. It’s embarrassing. Even with the simplest of designs, these garments are made very, very poorly. All of it just reeks. 

    • Anonymous

      Funny this is, I always thought that Kimberly had the better back story. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes!  Plus, Kimberly was so down-to-earth, sane and funny.  If Lifetime was purely interested in selling me a “story,” I would have been most interested in her, Bert, Viktor and of all people Becky (who IIRC was raised in a cult?).

    • Anonymous

      I’m out of words to express my feelings on this. I think a Liz Lemon “Blurgh” about sums it up.

      Ok, am I ever really out of words?

      Wow. As others pointed out, that last dress really is a Kimberly rip off. When I first saw the collections, the other three finalists had flowy, breezy dresses. I thought that was a response to the overwhelming love the judges gave Anya for her designs.But damn, that high neck AND the T-strap down the back are ridiculously similar to Kimberly’s final dress. I can’t believe BM didn’t wring the drama out of that.

      The judges would have torn any other designer a new asshole for the model’s ass hanging out of those shorts.

      i do like the first and second looks. I agree the fabric is doing the work in the first dress, but it is still very pretty. Don’t like the hem on the second dress. (What is up with that hem? Josh had that going on, too.) But overall, it is a good looking, wearable, versatile piece.

      The only way Anya was able to bring definition to her looks was to belt everything. Reminds me of those old  SNL Gap skits.

      I guess I do have words…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

      Anya makes me wish for Uli, who knows how to tailor a piece and make simple, pretty clothing with gorgeous details. These dresses are all so meh it is hard to get excited about any of them. Yes, the first dress is pretty. It helps that the model is drop-dead gorgeous; it does not help that there is v little design to the dress itself. Just meh. Some in BM decided ages ago Anya was going to win. Good for her for taking advantage of the system; bad for us though.

    • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

      i don’t hate anya but she is an unfortunate symbol of the downfall of project runway in an incredibly unfortunate season.

      i wish her much success and happiness but even she understood that a win for her wasn’t warranted. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Viktor and Bert were robbed. These “clothes” are a joke.

      The ONLY thing that will make the judges and producers see their mistake is when nobody buys this collection on Piperlime. Follow the money, my friends.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      Half of the dresses are just the scarf dresses you see being sold on any rack by any street vendor in NYC, but in much higher end fabrics, obviously. Bleh.

    • Anonymous

      How long before Anya gets her own reality show?

      • Anonymous

        Not long.  Hard to imagine what it will be, though.  Anya tries to create a collection that will sell in New York while making sex tapes on the side?  So to speak?  BM could sell it to Lifetime and Spike at the same time!  MO’ MONEY!

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Women with boobs that require any support beyond sticky cups are absolutely excluded from wearing nearly all these pieces. I have boobs, and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say not everyone is built like Anya and the models, but I like plunging necklines because I’m sort of an attention whore but these would be impossible to even consider wearing.

      Look 1 – lovely, lovely fabric, impossible to wear with a bra.
      Look 2 – cute dress, again, you’d need to throw a tank under it to wear it with a bra.
      Look 3 – bathing suit, s’ok
      Look 4 – plunging neck, backless, again, only for the bra-less set
      Look 5 – kinda cute, really low but has a back so perhaps something could be done there
      Look 6 – so low her belly button shows, I’m only surprised you can’t see butt cleavage in the back
      Look 7 – hahahahahahaha
      Look 8 – that isn’t a top, it’s a long scarf belted in place, tucked in in front and left hanging in the back. I almost feel like trying that at home to see just how ridiculous it is for an average sized woman with tits. We won’t discuss the shorts.
      Look 9 – Almost wearable, the back is super low but there might be a bra that would work with that.
      Look 10 – I just can’t. Unwearable.

      Out of her 9 looks, not counting the swimwear, only two are maybe wearable by anyone with a boobs larger than Anya’s. Is that really considered so marketable? I know I’m looking at this through a different lens so I sincerely want to know if there are enough people built to wear these clothes for them to work on a marketable level. Let’s leave out the actresses and celebs, I don’t see them flocking to these pieces either.

      Sorry for the insanely long comment, her win just rubs me the wrong way. Viktor, doll, you were robbed.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, agree all the way. See my comment very early in the comments.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, they claimed that’s how they dress in Trinidad. So she should have won the Trinidad Project Runway. All that shown above is may be a sleep wear for the rest of the world. Ugly sleep wear.

        • Anonymous

          I seriously doubt this is how T&T women dress, to be honest. 22% of Trinidad is Hindu and 8% is Muslim, which are quite conservative religions as far as women’s dress is concerned. The remaining population is mostly Christian and Catholic, and my experience living in Miami (which is populated entirely by Caribbean expats) leads me to suspect there’s probably a very visible minority that dresses in a revealing way, and a far less visible majority that dresses conservatively.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Honestly, women with larger sizes can still wear a plunging neckline IF THE DRESS IS CONSTRUCTED WELL.  These aren’t.  (Basically, a bra is just another garment, so if you know what you’re doing — and are motivated enough for the headache — you can build support into the dress)  I’m a DD cup AT LEAST, and I do it all the time, both with things I make for myself and with pieces I buy that I’ve altered to work on me.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, exacty. I’m a size 16 and C-cup and I love doing the plunging neckline because it’s slimming and I have great tits, so it draws the attention the Nice Twins and not the not-so-nice-twins (the children I’m carrying around, I lovingly call them Food and Booze). But as Shannon said — it’s got to be done CORRECTLY in order to work.

    • Anonymous

      What the hell is going on in the crotch of that brown/gold collared dress?

      • Now I am The Bee

        It almost looks like two pieces–and the skirt underneath is riding up right at the crotch.  Not very well tailored, I guess… (hee!) 

    • Anonymous

      They’d better put the 4 that were cut from the first episode onto the show next year without having to reapply. This was as much a disgrace to them as it was to the final 4. Poor Gunnar Deathrage (the only one whose name I remember!) and the others didn’t have a fighting chance against Ms. Trinidad Can’t Sew

    • Anonymous

      She spent $9500 producing this?

      I think my biggest problem with this win, is the lack of respect that people who should know better (Nina, Kors and Heidi) showed for the art and craft of fashion. You had 3 other contestants that, love them or hate them, clearly put in a great deal of thought about design and construction and crafted a collection over a period of 5 weeks. In fact, the same thing can be said for the decoy collections, even the worst of them. Some of them even managed to create some beautiful, well-constructed garments.

      Then here comes Anya, whose only skill is, apparently, picking pretty prints. She communes with island nature for 3 weeks (or whatever the heck she did) and throws together with spit and a prayer (probably literally) a series of garments in the last 2 weeks; in fact, one third of the collection is hastily pinned together in the last 2 days before the show. In what universe other than the Project Runway one, is slapping two pieces of commercial fabric together design? Would Kors accept work like that from his studio? Of course, not.

      Anya gamed the system big time and the judges/enablers looked – and acted – like fools.

      • Anonymous

        throws together with spit and a prayer (probably literally)

        No, that was Elisa!  Who did better work that this.

        • Anonymous

          I remember Elisa and her spit markings! I think Anya’s garments are literally held together by spit, plus a little luck, a belt and a great many pins.

      • Anonymous

        “Would Kors accept work like that from his studio? Of course, not.”

        THIS A THOUSAND TIMES.

      • Anonymous

        Well, non-chef Rachael Ray was successful with “30 minute meals”, so why not try to sell  “30 minute dresses” by a non-designer?

    • Anonymous

      What is really evident in these photos is that she really has no idea how to cut fabric.  Which is why when Michael said “Anya really knows how to cut fabric” (or clothes or whatever he said about her cutting skillz) I was left SMH.  Look, I’m a terrible sewer.  I can sew in a straight line and that’s about it.  Enough to make curtains or pillows but nothing else.  One thing I DO know about sewing is that if you can’t cut the fabric properly, it doesn’t matter how well you can use the machine because it all comes out just looking like someone who doesn’t sew made a dress.  

      That’s what her clothes look like to me.  I don’t know if it’s the movement in the gowns she created, but half of them appear to be very poorly fitted, and the first one (with the super pretty fabric) is all wonky in the hips.  

      “It’s like she cut a hole in some fabric, pinned and stitched it in a couple places, and called it a dress.”

      Yes TLO – it’s JUST like that.  Also, show of hands – how many ladies want to show side boob in clothing?

      • Anonymous

        When I was in college and til I was in my late thirties I made some of my own clothing, sticking to basic A-line skirts, dresses,
        occasionally casual pants.  I learned enough about fabrics to know what you’re saying about the importance of cutting fabric properly.  And this goes back to understanding fabric-how it drapes, knowing what fabric to choose to successfully construct a piece of clothing.

    • Anonymous

      Feh.

      Really, is there anything left to say?

    • MilaXX

      I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say. This season was just a comedy of errors and the win is a joke.

    • Anonymous

      Really really really poor man’s Uli. 

    • http://www.anuttierlife.com/ Tillie

      It’s like Chloe Dao said on twitter…it’s sad that THIS is where this show has gone. I am so disappointed with the judges. If Uli didn’t win for a collection that was a million times better than this HOW DID THIS WIN!?!?!

      So sad. I really doubt I will be watching this show anymore. I will still read your recaps, but seriously, what happened to this emmy award winning show? 

      • Anonymous

        Llifetime, Bunim/Murray and a group of ‘judges’ who decided to follow the $ is my guess.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think PR has ever won an Emmy.  It’s been nominated many times, but it’s been beaten out by “Top Chef” and “The Amazing Race.”  I could be wrong about this–and if I am, I’m sure someone will let us know! :)

    • Anonymous

      Worst. Winner. Ever.

      Yes, worse than Gretchen. Anya’s POV is just as narrow and uninspired. And at least Gretchen could sew. And there wasn’t anything stealthy and underhand about Gretchen: I’d take her out-in-the-open obnoxious, oblivious villainy over charmingly manipulative cunning any day.

      Anya is the Ilan Hall of PR. She’s even got the shaved head.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Yeah–I agree.  I wanted Sam to win that season on TC…

        • Anonymous

          I was a fan of Sam that season of TC, too.  That season of TC had a scuzzy feel to it, with the drama around Marcel, and the way that several of the cheftestants banded together against Marcel.  Granted,  Marcel was definitely a bit of a dork.

    • Anonymous

      We’re sorry. We can’t.
      On a post-it?

      Actually, I think you guys were too kind. The collection looks worse in pictures. The one disagreement I have with you is about the shorts outfit, which made me gasp in horror.  

      I found Anya likable and I think she does have a concept and could be kind of designer; she wouldn’t be the first successful designer to be more idea person than hands-on designer. It’s no crime.

      But Kors’ commentary during judging explains it all, and I think they should change the name of the show to:

      PROJECT BRAND

      or

      PROJECT COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL

      or, simply,

      PROJECT WE NO LONGER GIVE A SHIT

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Used to be “commercial” was a kiss of death on this show.

        • Anonymous

          Yep, as Kors acknowledged (was it the week before?) when discussing Viktor. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s seems like, after the Mondo debacle last year, TPTB said “Okay, the audience revolted when we gave the prize to the villain instead of the plucky likeable underdog designer, so this year we are going to make DAMN SURE we have a plucky likeable underdog winner who comes out on top against a totally unlikeable villain.”  (Putting on my tinfoil hat, I sort of wonder if Hissing Viktor was positioned for this role before Josh upstaged him in the villain department, or if he turned out to be a genuine dark horse.)

      And yes, Anya is very likeable and charming – but they missed the fact that people were enraged about Mondo’s loss because he was actually talented.  If Mondo had been a one-note designer who couldn’t make a sleeve, people might have been sad to see a nice guy like him get eliminated, but I think the audience would have pretty much accepted it.  And if Anya had been evaluated fairly on her own merits, as someone with genuinely good taste and an eye for drama who still has a lot to learn, I think she would have emerged as a much less polarizing figure than she is now.  But then, she’s got the money and the title so maybe she doesn’t care about that.

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        Yes. Mondo was gold–he emerged after a few challenges as someone who really MIGHT be “the next great American designer.” The way to ensure a win for the designated girl is apparently not to find a really talented girl but to make sure nobody in the competition will actually stand out as massively talented.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like cheap-ish cruise wear line to me. It’s a sad testament to how fundamentally different B/M-Lifetime PR is from the old Bravo version that this WON. Nothing against Anya, she seems like a nice enough person, but this isn’t fashion design, and she’s not a designer. Or if it is, then, hey! I’m a fashion designer, too!  I can sew like this, plus I can think up simple stuff and pick pretty fabric! Imma call my label “Minionette” and lots of sell stuff to Nina Garcia! 

      That oddball burlappy onion sack thing is hiddy to my eyes. It looks stiff, awkward and unflattering.

      I think it wasn’t just Anya’s backstory that got the producers lathered up. After all, a bunch of contestants had good backstories (Bert for one). I suspect it was mostly how she looks and her beauty pageant stage presence, plus her obvious ambition. They want a showcase, promote-the-brand winner, and she has a lot of the right personality traits to make one. Unfortunately, she doesn’t do actual fashion design, but at this point with PR that’s evidently no longer a critical consideration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

      On #10: My thought exactly.

    • Anonymous

      Is anyone planning to watch the “unfiltered” Tim Gunn special tonight?

      Since I’m sure it will be filtered to within an inch of its life, I don’t think I can stand to watch.

      • Anonymous

        I’m watching because I’ve no life and I’m curious to see how he spins it.  After all these years as a loyal viewer I don’t think I’ll ever stop watching the show though I wish I could quit it.  I feel kind of like that old junkie who keeps complaining to her dealer that the product just isn’t good anymore while she forks over the cash.  I wish The Fashion Show would get a whole helluva lot better–you know, methadone.

        • Anonymous

          “I feel kind of like that old junkie who keeps complaining to her dealer
          that the product just isn’t good anymore while she forks over the
          cash.  I wish The Fashion Show would get a whole helluva lot better–you
          know, methadone.”

          PERFECT

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I’m hoping against hope that Tim will finally tell us what the bloody hell has been going on.  The fact that whatever he does have to say is being released through ‘official channels’ is a bad sign but – like a fool – I continue to hope.

        • Anonymous

          I’m praying for at least telling silences.

    • Anonymous

      The most important question is: how and is it possible to influence the producers of PR against the idea of turning that show into above well said joke versus the search for a real talent? The more we talk about it, the more we convince them to go on with that direction… 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      One of those dresses is practically a burlap sack dress, and this is the winner??

    • Ledasmom

      Look number 6 – it’s just so bad. Same issue as the others regarding women with any significant degree of frontage (note to Anya: when your model looks like she has flesh bulging out in the armpit region, your fit may not be good), and do I see a strip of fabric across the front keeping the top from flinging itself open? It looks like somebody’s thrown together at the last minute out of what was left in the closet after everybody else had a go, Halloween costume: held together by tape and prayers.
      And 7! It’s not a bathing suit coverup, ’cause there’s no top under it. It’s not a dress. Nobody wants to wear that.
      I couldn’t stand Jeffrey, but at least when I looked at his collection I was okay with his win. But this!

      • Anonymous

        And Jeffrey’s collection had an actual theme! As much as he bugged me, his referencing Japanese demons (I can’t remember the term) was really pretty cool. The judges got that then. Last year, when Mondo referenced Dio des los Muertes (sp.), the judges called it clownish. Like they don’t get cultural references anymore? And Viktor’s urban / tropical fusion just apparently went over their heads. 

        • Anonymous

          Jeffrey’s collection had a theme, and he created that dress with the zippers that was quite eyecatching. He was a horse’s ass throughout the season, but he was skilled.

    • Anonymous

      That’s exactly what I called her: a dilettante. I’m angry all over again looking at this collection because it’s horrible! I for one will never, ever buy an Anya shoe, bracelet, necklace, maxi dress, bathing suit, wrap, or any other of what Nina called “her branding.” Bull to the shit. This isn’t design. At all. And with this, I wish Viktor all the best all over again. And I even hope Josh does some soul searching to find his element because at least he can (over) design.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Once again, I thank you, gentlemen.  You pinpointed EXACTLY my problem with Anya: her total lack of effort or interest.  I don’t mind  that she hasn’t sewn that long or that her execution sucks — I mind GREATLY that she doesn’t seem to mind it either! 

      I’ve had this conversation multiple times this season, regarding her lack of fashion education.  That’s a copout.  Laura Bennett was self-taught as well, and her construction was impeccable.  Because she cared enough about what she was doing to learn what she was doing. 

      Anya isn’t just inexperienced — she uses that inexperience as an excuse.  She doesn’t spend her 3 uninspired weeks practicing her skills, she goes on vacation.  She doesn’t ask her fellow designers for tips or to explain terms to her, even in team challenges, she just makes the same shapeless dress and thinks that she should get a pass because she hasn’t been sewing that long. 

      I think the judges were right about a couple things: she does have taste and she definitely knows how to put a look together and sell it.  What they were wrong about is her future in fashion.  Fashion is an EXTREMELY demanding business that requires an insane amount of work and dedication, and Anya has shown very clearly that she isn’t interested in either of those things.  Getting a producer to give you your 15 minutes because you’re pretty and charming and interesting is an entirely different thing than getting a buyer from Saks or Nordstrom or Neiman’s to give you a big break, and they aren’t going to give a shit WHO you are or how much the fans liked you!

      • Anonymous

        Laura also has a killer sense of style, and knows how to make something beyond a sarong.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          And based on her final collection, WORKS HER ASS OFF! 

          Even IF Anya were an artistic genius, (and Lord, she is not) she still wouldn’t have what it takes to make a career in fashion because she doesn’t have the work ethic — look at the pieces that were her “branching out”.  They are not only shoddily made but they are lazily designed as well.  She couldn’t give Bert sketches?!?  For her FINAL CHALLENGE?!? She left it THAT MUCH up to his interpretation of her instructions and intentions?!?  I’m sorry, but that’s disrespectful to everyone involved and pure laziness! 

      • Anonymous

        Here’s the thing she went to Parson’s and Central Saint Martins for Graphic and Communication Design. I’ve known graphic designers that can eyeball a 1/32″ mistake. She sent two dresses down the runway at Lincoln Center with the fucking fabric cut UPSIDE DOWN on half dress! And another two with the pattern cut 5″ or 6″ off matching . This would be unacceptable even for student work.

        • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

          Speaking as a current student, 1/4″ is unacceptable in student work! (I know because I just had to fix a print in my senior collection that was off by that much. I’m a religiously careful cutter, but this black and white optical-esque print I am using makes my eyes cross and my head spin. Nonetheless, between my instructor and me, we finally got it to work.) It BOGGLES my mind that this collection could be so full of outright construction ERRORS and be allowed to win. Pure bullshittery.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            Measure twice, cut once…

            I’ve had a few of those prints — on a dress it’s usually not so bad (for me personally) but lining it up on a sleeve or on pants can be murderous!

          • Anonymous

            My ninth and tenth grade home ec teachers were more demanding than Larry, Moe and Curly were in judging Anya’s collection.  That badly mismatched fabric is eye-searing.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          How do you cut anything that badly?  I don’t get it!  Did they forget to mention her glass eye?!?  Or that she’s legally blind?!?  ‘Cause I can’t imagine that kind of detail would have slipped past the producers in their quest for “America’s Next Great Sob Story”!

          • Anonymous

            ‘glass eye’ I can’t stop laughing!!

          • Anonymous

            “How do you cut anything that badly?”

            As you well know, it’s oh so easy to do it wrong if you’re not really good enough to be on this show in the first place.

            You’re in a hurry. You don’t know any ‘rules’ and you are too ignorant/rushed/lazy to think through how the pattern pieces will line up in the finished garment. You just fold the fabric over itself, or stack up a couple of lengths and cut away.

            I’ve done it. When I was maybe 12 or 13. And then I cried and ripped it out.

            • Anonymous

              And that $500 “gift” from the producers to buy new fabric only goes so far.

              And who has time to recut when you’re down to the last day of your 5 week time frame that you spent 60% of vacationing and waiting for inspiration to wash over you?

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              It’s especially aggravating in light of that fact that one of the dresses (second to last) has its pattern lined up to meet at the center seam.  Clearly she is aware of the CONCEPT of lining up one’s fabric! 

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          i am a graphic designer. i sell clothes now but that was my profession. a 1/32″ mistake would drive me nuts. a 1/2″ mistake is more than a mistake– it’s something that needs to be redone. anything more than that is a ruin. in the flood of all the patterns in her fabrics some of her mistakes are, yes, difficult to see but some are just glaringly egregious. the first dress [which is, i guess, the best dress she has here] is so bad in that way. i just keep looking at it & looking at it trying to figure out how it is off. thats not what i’m supposed to do.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Sarah Palin of fashion design.  Knowing enough to skate by and make a pretty picture isn’t just for political candidates.

      • Anonymous

        I suspect that Neiman’s has an arrangement to sell Anya’s designs on consignment.

      • Anonymous

        I think Anya viewed PR as a vehicle for breaking into the North American media market and furthering her own career, whether that be on TV, as a celebrity stylist, whatever will make a bigger mark. 

        Given that enough people respond to her charm and physical attractiveness, she’s been able to play those cards very successfully thus far in her life. As you say, fashion is very demanding, and I can’t think of many, if any designers who have made it big on personal charm alone. They’ve had to put in the time and effort to design collections and sell themselves to the retailers.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          If charm were the criteria, then Lagerfeld would not have a career.

          • Anonymous

            You got that right!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I’m sorry, I just find it hard to believe she won with such a simple collection.  When you put her next to Jay McCarroll or Christian Siriano, this looks like something straight out of kindergarten.  They had layers of intricate design and thought.  Its not exciting or anything new or fresh.  Glad the only thing I did was follow TLo’s reports instead of wasting many hours of my life watching this season.

    • Anonymous

      Project Runways emphasis on draping has always irritated me. I have never bought a dress because “it was beautifully draped” But I have because they were cut well and flattering. Which none of Anya’s clothes are. She has major boob exposure on every look except the last one. In past seasons that would have been considered vulgar. 

      And the model’s butt cheek is hanging out of the shorts. How many people have been auffed for that?

    • Anonymous

      She should not have won. Period. That shorts look that you thought wasn’t bad is an apron with a belt. The construction on all her garments is terrible. The designs are something that a middle-schooler could do better. I still haven’t watched the finale and I am not going to after seeing the stills. Good luck to Anya. If she gets some staffers in who have real design chops, then maybe she’ll make a go of it. But she is no Christian Siriano.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Did you notice there was nothing on the sides of the top?  no fabric.  Bare side boob, exposed pits. I think we used to make no-sew Barbie clothes like that when I was 8.

        • Anonymous

          Sweat minimizer for the hot Carribbean weather no doubt…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

      Check out Nina García’s tweets. She compares Anya with Cavalli because of her “good eye for prints”. According to her there’s a great market for pretty prints used for flowy dresses. Well… Nina dear you are talking about Cavalli! of course everybody is going to buy his stuff because the man is actually a great legendary designer who ha a wide range of well crafted silhouettes and does structured stuff as well. Ugggghhh…. these judges like to smoke a lot of crack!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

        omg nina really?! she has always been my favorite judge, but this season she is really pushing it…

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

          I really don’t know what happened to her. She used to be very particular about craft in previous seasons. She auf’d designers for bad tailoring in the past…. 

          • Anonymous

            Money happened to her.  Money money money money money!  Greed.  Fame.  MONEY! 

            She was willing to sell her soul for a few bucks. 

            What I don’t understand is how she could have imagined that people wouldn’t notice and call her on it.

            This is what happens when you live in the bubble.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

              Yeah, it seems she’s not an impartial judge anymore…. I highly respected her opinion…

          • Anonymous

            Nina went from working for a 2nd-3rd tier fashion mag (Elle) to a 3rd-4th tier fashion mag.  Marie Claire is doctor’s office waiting room.  Selling out, cashing out.  I’m sure she’s weighed the pros and cons of it all.  In terms of reputation in all this, she’s taking the biggest hit.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

              Even Nina’s boss Joanna Coles, the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, liked Viktor’s collection the best. She called his collection exquisite, creative, fresh and new! 

          • Anonymous

            Does anyone remember the Top Chef episode which had Isaac Mizrahi on as judge for a quickfire and the sweet contestant, who bombed the challenge, told IM that his favorite designer was Cavalli–Isaac rolled his eyes and was all horrified about it.  Funny moment. Man gets NO respect either on Bravo or Lifetime. 

      • Anonymous

        Cara Nina — STFU per favore.  baci mille — Roberto

      • Anonymous

        Wow. Keep going, Nina. Pretty soon you’ll be the laughing stock of the fashion world. I’m sure we PR fans aren’t the only ones already snickering at the bs that flies out of your mouth.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        If there is anything good in the universe, Cavalli will guest judge next season, just so he can look at her mid-judging and go “What the hell do you know?  You can’t tell the difference between my work and that of a beauty queen who can’t sew and spends 10 seconds on a garment!”

    • Anonymous

      So…not one single design for any woman who wants to wear a bra. What?

    • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

      Last year’s win didn’t incense me as much as this years. Mondo’s collection was heads & shoulders more amazing than Gretchen’s but at least Gretchen had a point of view, and some actual talent to it–Even though it wasn’t to my ascetic. If anyone can make a case that this wasn’t pure producer manipulation through & through could win a prize from me because this is the worst ACTUAL final collection I’ve ever seen. That black & white dress with the slit to her belly button –that she couldn’t even be bothered to line up her fabric marks- is one of the most unflattering & poorly executed designs.
      Last year I had no illusions about giving up on one of my favorite shows, but I may have to wait for TLo to give it to me straight on the next new cast of designers. (Of COURSE I’ll be watching All Stars!)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jzishka Jeff Zishka

      I have to say I was pissed that Gretchen won last season, but I understood it.  The producers chose a winner that was guaranteed to have people ranting and raving throughout the off-season.  Unfortunately they have taken it to far.  I realized about halfway through the season that I just didn’t care about the cast, the designs or the competition and only seemed to watch out of habit.  I watched with disbelief while the judges deliberated and discarded my favorite person on the show (Kimberly) and IMO the best designer (Viktor).  I shut it off when they decided to reward Anya and Joshua for bitchery and incompetence.  I think the bext thing to do right now is to stop discussing this season, stop the buzz, and stop watching PR.  I don’t know about the rest of you but that is my take and my plan.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Honestly — and I know I was in the vast minority — but I believed them when they chose Gretchen.  Their arguments were sound and reasoned and they made a freaking case for her.  I preferred Mondo and I thought they were wrong, but I also thought they were believable;  when Kors pushed for Gretchen I believed he truly saw something in her. 

        And I could see something too:  she was very hard to like and I found her collection dull, but it WAS a collection with a lot of thought and effort into and there may be a market for her style somewhere. 

        This year?  No, I’m sorry, but Micheal Kors knows better.  Nina… well, I’ve always found Nina’s opinion somewhat odd and unpredictable, but I know damn well Kors doesn’t believe any of that nonsense.

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          i cant say i agreed w/ them [anyone who was here last year & screamed at me {you know who you are} can vouch for that], but i actually did believe they chose her for, more or less, the reasons they said they did. since this is pretty much buried in the comments mid-section now i will throw in that i am absolutely positive, & this from serious understanding, that, right or wrong, they wouldve believed mondo too odd a duck to get real work done [a point w/ which i vehemently disagree, btw]. but, elsewise, yeah, i mostly agree w/ you. i didnt see as much manipulation there– certainly not on the part of the contestant.

          what worries me is that anya will do much much better than the more pathetic gretchen– & even gretchen, of all people, was a better worker than anya. there was no reason whatsoever that PR needed to reward someone who has already arrived, money-filled suitcases & loads o’ lies in hand. just bad form all around.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I think a lot of it was that Mondo didn’t listen.  Leaving aside personal pettiness (and everyone — no matter how fabulous and objective — has a little bit when some young new-to-the-business kid essentially ignores their advice), I think it raised some concern about “could he be flexible enough?”  Because no matter your vision and how much you believe in it, when the buyer from Bergdorf’s wants a particular design element changed in exchange for picking up that design, YOU CHANGE IT… or you go out of business mighty quick. 

            Especially after Jay McCarroll, who has what is possibly the best runway collection ever presented on the PR stage.  He is a brilliant designer… he also has not shown the ability to play the game on the business side of it.  Because he was the first, that experience stuck as the “we wouldn’t want to do that again” one.  Ignoring that Chloe Dao was chosen SPECIFICALLY for her business acumen, and she hasn’t set the design world on fire either! 

            And Gretchen, while annoying in oh so many ways, WASN’T FREAKING LAZY!  (Sorry, it’s been 3 weeks since I washed my hands of Anya due to proof of that very character flaw, and I’m STILL pissed about it!)

    • Anonymous

      “I know exactly the girl Anya designs for…Mrs. Roper” – things I wish I heard the Duchess say this season. 

      • Now I am The Bee

        Ha–that is so true.  I haven’t thought about her in years! 

      • Anonymous

        Yea except Mrs. Roper would need more boob support :)

    • Anonymous

      Reading your thoughtful critique just makes me mad all over again!!

    • Deborah Lipp

      You know, it’s really worth going back and revisiting Uli’s finale collection. It’s so much more beautiful, so much more finished, it has such style. This stuff, at its best, is merely pretty.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

        Not only that. Uli’s collection had various types of garments: http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/2007/spring/main/newyork/womenrunway/ulrikeherzner/#slide5&ss1

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya
      • Anonymous

        FINALLY someone noticed.  Anya totally ripped off Kimberly’s design.  Anya knew her collection was a pile of garbage coming into the finale.  Her winning totally discredits the judges for me.  I’ve missed Tim Gunn this season.  I really used to look forward to his opinions.  I am aufing PR from my viewing schedule.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

          The judges also raved about Anya’s dress. If I remembered well Michael thought it had some edge. I wonder if they actually noticed the striking similarities…? It is basically the same dress done in a different fabric.

          aaah, poor Kim… It was her best dress :(

          • Anonymous

            Except that Anya had been using that element all season long… 

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

              I didn’t see that same back line on any of Anya’s work…

          • Anonymous

            They had to have noticed. Nina & Micheal look at clothes critically for a living. They can probably tell you  more about how a garment is constructed, & why, & the plusses & minusses of the fabric used, after seeing it on the runway for 70 seconds than I could tell if I had the sew-at-home pattern for it in front of me. ETA: ESPECIALLY Kors. He also has to understand the economics of how something is made, how much fabric an effect requires, etc.

            I don’t know if Heidi knows as much about how clothes are made, but she’s worn enough of them in her life.

    • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

      Another thing someone pointed out to Nina on twitter on Friday night: So what if Anya has a great eye for prints and patterns-she lacks in design skills. It’s not Project Stylist.

    • Anonymous

      This won’t be a popular opinion, but Anya reminds me a bit of when Diane von Furstenberg first burst on the scene in Europe. She wasn’t taken seriously either at first – a wealthy socialite who focused on one dress shape (the wrap) executed in different gorgeous prints. And she hasn’t done too badly for herself, though to be fair, her dresses had sleeves.

      I do think Anya has a level of taste and a flair for design which is far above any of the other contestants on the show this year, so I don’t have as much of a problem as some with her win.  She needs to go into partnership with a Bert-like character, a jobbing designer with fabulous construction skills and use some of her prize money to do some courses at Parsons.  Then I think she could be quite formidable.

      I don’t think she will though.  We weren’t told the whole story of how she came to have nothing to show Tim, but she strikes me as being quite lazy and used to skating by on her looks and charm for the whole of her life.  If she really works at it, she has the potential to be something special, more so than any of the others on the show, which is why she got the win.  That’s a pretty big ‘if ‘though. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

        I agree with the three last lines of your comment, but comparing Anya to DVF is almost as ridiculous as her winning.

        • Anonymous

          I was teenager in London in the 70s.  I remember how DvF was universally criticised as being a ‘one-note’ (wrap dress) designer with an eye for pretty prints who was being bankrolled by her high society husband and only got publicity through designing for her socialite friends. There was actually a lot of truth in those statements.

          DvF though worked hard, apprenticed herself to clothing manufacturers, learned her craft and created her empire, though that has always been based more on her taste and the commerciality of her clothes and accessories rather than on cutting edge design. http://biography.yourdictionary.com/diane-von-furstenberg 

          I’m not saying that Anya will be the next DvF – she comes across as too lazy and unlikely to do the necessary work.  I’m just saying that there is a precedent for someone, whose main attributes are a good eye, a killer instinct and a penchant for pretty prints, making it big.

          • Anonymous

            “DvF though worked hard, apprenticed herself to clothing manufacturers, learned her craft and created her empire”

            Yup. And Anya, I suspect, will also work hard and create her empire, but not by learning any tedious technical skills in fashion design or any other field.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        The difference is that DVF did amazing things with the wrap dress, which is already a ridiculously flattering piece to begin with.  Anya took a dress that is literally nothing to make and made it badly, and in such a way that it won’t work for most women.  

        If Anya wants to be DVF, fine.  When she has managed to make that many women feel and look that good for that long, I’ll be happy to say that I was wrong about her.  (Though I will NEVER say I’m wrong about this collection!)

        • Anonymous

          Made it badly with -despite what the judges say- UGLY prints.

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          it also needs be stressed that DVF made her wonderful dresses w/ her own money. NOT w/ a hundred thousand bucks that she didnt need which could have gone to someone w/ more talent who really did need it.

          sorry– make that $130,000.

    • Rand Ortega

      Wait. This collection WON Project Runway.
      Jesus.

    • http://twitter.com/monkeytoe monkeytoe

      I think the Anya win stinks on ice, but what is the amazing construction difference between Kimberly’s finale dress and Anya’s? Everyone is amazed at Kimberly’s finale dress and is ragging on Anya’s. Difference in the collections overall between Kimberly and Anya: Kimberly by a million miles; finale dress, a few inches at best.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

      The ugly brown “dress” looks like she took the cover-up from the horrible bathing suit in her mini collection, stuck a belt and hot pants under it and sent it back out. Ugh.

      • margaret meyers

        That’s exactly what she did.  It’s the same garment, just coordinated differently. 

        I think she made the best of a bad situation.  Did we see her buy gold sequined fabric at that “extra trip to Mood for Anya.. errr… everybody!” or did she pull those off of one of Bert’s mannequins?

    • Anonymous

      zzzzzzzzz yawn………Oh, I love a pretty, floaty tropical dress as much as the next girl; but, though I like the *fabric* in some of these, I really don’t like the design. There’s no way Anya should have won a design competition with what we’ve seen. And I find it hard to believe she won fan favorite without it being rigged. 

    • Anonymous

      For all that I ragged on Josh for not knowing how to design for women’s bodies… Anya really doesn’t either.  Or rather, she knows how to dress *one* type of woman’s body.  She can do that one type pretty well, but still.  Actually, even Josh managed to show some feminine and cute tailoring for his LBD in the Real Women challenge.

      I know that not all fashion is supposed to be “wearable,” and I’m totally OK with that if you have some amazing mind-blowingly conceptual piece to show me.  Not a one-seam wonder.

    • Leslie Carver

      Yawn. The only thing vaguely interesting to me here is the striped dress with the gold cowl thing. Otherwise: Boring, boring, boring.

    • Anonymous

      She’s just lucky that “big flappy sack” is the height of fashion this year.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so tired of it being all about tits with Anya. Baring a woman’s chest does not a design make. And at this stage, it doesn’t detract from her lack of design, either. Oh, well, Anya will ultimately find exactly the place she should be. When money is involved, winning this so-called contest doesn’t mean squat.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Hello, I could see the woman’s belly button in the unmatched black and white strip dress!  If she bends, I’m sure more will be inadvertently revealed! So baggy lingerie.

    • Anonymous

      This is a freaking travesty.  That is all.

      Actually, that’s not all. Next season might actually be the season I say, “Sorry, PR, that means you’re out.  Auf Wiedersehen.”

      • Anonymous

        Oh, honey–don’t put yourself through another season of agony.  I know it’s hard, but quit NOW (OK–after All-Stars) and don’t give Season 10 a glance. 

    • Anonymous

      Any chance we could see this closet of clothes (a collection? Non) against Uli’s collection? Anya didn’t even try! That black and white dress with the mismatched lines! WTH?!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya
        • Anonymous

          ~sigh~

          That was such a beautiful collection.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            To me, one of the biggest differences between Anya and Uli during their seasons (which I’m watching Uli’s right now on DVD:)  is shown in Uli’s final collection.

            Look at Uli’s work on the challenges:  there’s a very specific look, until the judges started wondering if she was a one-note.  Now look at her final challenge look and her final collection.  Very different silhouettes, very different fabric choices (not for all, but for some) but still very recognizable — if it had been a S6 situation where the designers weren’t identified and you saw those pictures after watching even a couple episodes?  You would have known without a doubt who had made them.

            When Anya decided to branch out on the bird challenge and the final challenge at Governor’s Island, the work was UNIDENTIFIABLE!  If you saw just those pictures after the first few episodes, you would not have thought of Anya.  If she can’t grow while still being unmistakable, then she can’t really grow as a designer with her own line — it doesn’t work that way!

            • Anonymous

              Interestingly, the two “branched out” looks you cite actually were identified as having a design signature.  Unfortunately it was a signature belonging to other designers (Bert for Governor’s Island and Viktor for the bird dress). 

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I *wish* I had Sirius!

      • Anonymous

        Me too.

        • Anonymous

          Is there ANY way to listen in to your Sirius chat for those of us without it? Cans with strings, extendable ears….anything?

          • Anonymous

            I give you a like for extendable ears….

          • Anonymous

            Your reference to extendable ears has just clicked in my brain- Anya put a “confundus” charm on the judges-that would explain the win!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Me three!

    • Anonymous

      “With such a simple garment, it’s not too much to expect the seams to match up.” — it is if one has only been sewing for 4 months…. many novice seamstresses are painfully unaware of the concept of matching stripes, plaids, etc.  it can be difficult when using a soft, flowing fabric, but that garment doesn’t even look like an attempt was made —  just another example of how truly NOT ready anya is for a professional career as a designer.  the whole collection was boring — just the same thing over and over again.  not one sleeve, not one jacket, not one pair of pants and one pair of ill-fitting shorts.  no real design elements.  at least some of them were pretty (unlike gretchen’s collection which was downright fugly) but they still don’t strike me as a winning collection worth $100,000…..

    • Anonymous

      I’m still mad at everyone who called her “Uli Lite”. There is no comparison. Let me repeat. No comparison.
      Just because you design loose, flowy looks, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a technique for fitting the garments properly and it certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have to have an understanding of shape and proportion. Uli may have had a narrow range when she was on the show, but her garments all fit beautifully and flattered the wearer.

      The mismatched seams at the back of that black and white dress were a glaringly obvious example of her lack of attention to detail.

      Whatever. Congratulations to her, I guess, but the judges should be ashamed of themselves.

       

      • Melvis Velour

        I am so with you there, attempting to compare Uli and Anya is ridiculous!  A friend of mine bought an Uli crazy prints dress a few years ago and the workmanship is just stellar compared to the hack job Anya did.

        I got to see the details on the Uli and there was an amazing amount of precision and thought in putting it together.

        • Anonymous

          *gasp* I’m so jealous of your friend!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        As one of the Bitter Kittens who used that term I do apologise.  In my defense it had been a very long time since I’d seen Uli’s work and I’d forgotten just how incredibly detailed and impeccably made it is and also her jaw dropping ability to combine prints.

        Perhaps a more fitting term for Anya would be Uli-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite-lite.

        Fair enough?

      • Anonymous

        In our house, the term is “No Sew Uli Wannabe.” 

    • Anonymous

      da train da train !!  Who the hell wears a chiffon train besides Ru Paul and Maude?  mmmmmK,  be adam lambert. 

    • Maria Acosta Cruz

      I’m so glad I didn’t watch the season finale (mostly for my own well-being). It’s a disgrace that she won.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

      So Viktor was criticized for making “two collections” – but isn’t Anya’s collection basically the same thing in two different ranges of fabric (ie, black and white versus caribbean colors)?

      Feh. I give up. I will NOT be watching “behind the seams,” but if you blog, I will read.

      • Anonymous

        In retrospect, it would have been hilarious if Viktor had gone all civil disobedience and sent ten flowy tropical clavicle-baring caftans down the runway for his collection. 

    • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

      It’s just embarrassing, from a style and execution perspective. What’s the point of even pointing out the bad seam matching, the rippling hems, the amateur seam binding?  It clearly doesn’t matter, in the pursuit of DRAMA.  Anyway, I’m out.  After all these years, I’ve removed PR from the DVR.  It’s a sad, sad day.

    • Mariah Warnock-Graham

      Uli should be pissed that Anya won with a half-assed version of the stuff she was doing.

    • Melanie S.

      I was annoyed when the judges went on about how beautifully her pieces moved–did they not notice that all of the models with long flowing skirts grabbed them and swished them back and forth a little as they walked?  It was kind of subtle, but not really…

      • Anonymous

        Anybody can take a three yard length of chiffon and hold it over their shoulders walk down a runway and it will float. 
        It really irks me too when they make that remark as a  complement to the designer. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          I really wish there was a way to “Like” this more!

    • Anonymous

      It’s both pretty and pretty disappointing.  I think those shorts deemed ‘not bad’ are one of the worst atrocities of this collection though. 

      There is a lot of stuff I like here but I agree 100% that it’s the prints pulling all the weight and the prints I am reacting to.  I like this kind of silhouette and easy style but I’ve been saying all along there is nothing ‘fashion forward’ about it or all that unique. I’ve been sewing things like this since the 80’s. Using store bought patterns, at that. 

      The kind of thing that kills me is that Kors got on Josh’s case about the little strap on Josh’s black gown. It was crossing his plunging neckline. Josh’s dress didn’t need that strap to function, he just thought it looked good, apparently and took it out for his finale.  

      Yet Anya has the same damn strap on with her blk/wht gown that walks in the middle of her collection.  Hers obviously would be scandalous without that little strap to hold the fabric over the breasts because she doesn’t have the skills to make it work without that band-aid. Yet, hers was fine, and she wins the season. 

      I think she has talent and seems like a nice person, but I also think there was more talented designers this season that, given the chances and help Anya received, would have made better winners this year.  Kim needed more feedback and critiques.  Victor needed to be noticed at all.  Bert should have been in the final four for sheer talent and skill.  Laura also needed productive critiques to get where the judges wanted her to be. 

      • Anonymous

        I think one of my favorite lines from the Atrocious After the Runway show is Viktor’s: “If I made a pair of pants, the judges would be like ‘OK, Viktor made a pair of pants,’ but if Anya made a pair of pants, they’d be all ‘Wow, Anya! You made a pair of pants, and you’ve only been sewing for 30 minutes!” Priceless, timeless, and spot on.

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          & the pair of pants she did make, of course, had the bottom falling out. un-f’ing-believable.

    • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

      I agree with everything you said here and it’s a date.

      One more comment:  the khaki throw thing secured (as is most) by a belt is like a reverse snuggie.   You don’t want to get warm, you just don’t want to be nekkid.  No neckline, no collar, no buttons, no zipper.  One size fits all in Pilar’s braless paradise.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Boooo

    • Anonymous

      TLo, your critique of Anya gave me an idea for a challenge on PR Season 10.  Make an outfit out of muslin that cannot be dyed or embellished.  The look must stand on design and technique alone.  Or if muslin is too hard to work with (I have no idea; I’ve never sewed anything in my life), then make all the contestants use the same white fabric.

      • Anonymous

        They should totally do this!  They make muslin in different weights so it can be used for planning garments in a variety of fabrics so this could totally work.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Actually, making something in the SAME fabric would be more difficult, because there are only so many things that a fabric is acceptable for — if you want something that flows nicely, for instance, corduroy would be severely problematic.  Muslin might actually work… or, you know… the judges could just pay a modicum of attention…

    • Anonymous

      The look with the gold sequin panty shorts is similar to Gretchen’s god-awful green granny panties.  Blech to both of them

      • Anonymous

        And to all the other granny panties that have been “gracing” the runways for the last couple of years.  Whoever started that trend should be barred from fashion forever.

        • Anonymous

          Totally-granny panties are NEVER stylish or “fashion forward”

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        panties should never be on any runway other than that walked by victoria’s secret. & victoria’s secret should never have a runway to be walked. or, if they do & they must, it should only be available to be critiqued, if that is the word, hereupon. [i couldnt think of a good enough synonym for be made fun of. i mean, mocked was just not enough.]

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Or bikini bottoms for actual swimwear. 

          You know, hot pants don’t do a whole lot more, but I find them far less objectionable.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIQJKUWFMABQ4O7A7J5TLMN6OU Ella B.

      The first dress is beautiful from the front because of the material and the way the model worked the hell out of it, but the back looks like a flap of material was pinned over and partially sewed down in order to get it to flow the right way.  The model probably had to work the bejeezus out of it and toss it around so all of the construction flaws were disguised.  The bum cheek shorts and top look like they would utterly fly away like scarves in the breeze if the belt fell off.  And the chiffon wrap over the gold granny panties outfit from the back — is that an off-center keyhole or the backside of the belt, where it was looped under?  Just sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Kay-Sanceda-Gadon/725256919 Colleen Kay Sanceda Gadon

      Damn you, Heidi! 

    • Anonymous

      Another thing that I find puzzling is , How did she manage to make:
       1. a bathing suit with a center front zipper (very expertly) applied down the center front.
      2. A chiffon cover up.
      3. A charmeuse gown.
      4. A chiffon gown.
      5. Gold sequin hot pants.(?) or did she already have those?

      In two days time with many interruptions for interviews, model casting , and make-up /hair consults? When she had many times unable to finish even one garment iin the same time during the rest of the competition.

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to see an accounting breakdown of Anya’s expenses to produce this “collection.”  As another person mentioned earlier, more or, “This cost $9500.00?”  I mean it.  I’d really like to see what everything cost, because I sure don’t see anywhere near $10K worth of value in the components here.  Do the contestants (designers, if we are being charitable….) keep the finale-collection-production money they don’t spend?  We remember Season 3’s finale kerfuffle over Jeffrey Sebelia’s expenses and receipts.

      Show us where and how the money was allocated.  Jes’ wondering.

      All the best,

      NDC

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        she actually flew back & forth from trinidad to new york at least one extra time to buy fabric. or thats what she says. i’m sure she has the money for it w/o needing the nine thousand bucks, however, & i’m not sure that airfare would be considered a proper expense even at this devolved state in PR’s existence.

        • Anonymous

          Air fare. Priceless. Whatever.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        She paid exorbitant fees for her models from her modeling agency…..

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Do the designers get to select any models they want in addition to the muse model from the show?

          • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

            Remember they used to choose their models?  At least they did in the first season.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I know they have some models, but do they have to go with those from a selection made by PR or can they line up their own?  If you want a plus-size model for instance?

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      I actually think this manipulation has less to do with Anya’s “story” (although that certainly helps) than the producers/judges looking around and seeing what’s happening with fashion and reality TV and such. With the success of people like Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, JLo and (gawd help us) Kim Kardashian, there is a huge market for selling what amounts to a personal style. Anya fits that mold perfectly. She has great taste and style to spare. She will sell because people want to be like/look like her. The image is so powerful who gives a crap if the clothes are cheap or poorly made? I think Lifetime and the producers/judges are banking on that being a more successful venture than the prototypical weird-looking designer with amazing skills.

      What’s really sad is they could have HUGE success in that mold with someone like Kimberly, but I think they just don’t care about the customers to whom she appeals.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

      Dress #9 makes me very uncomfortable with the way it looks like the front is tucked into the crotch of her panties and the way the belt buckle resembles what is inside her panties. I think its the worst one up there.

    • http://www.memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com Jesse

      I’ve been an Anya fan this entire season, but the bf can vouch that there were a number of looks in this collection that I did NOT approve of (“wait…. are those… pants?  Oh yuck”).  If I’m honest, despite the craftsmanship issues, it came down to a taste thing for me.  To my eyes there were some major taste issues on display in Viktor and Josh’s collections (and to a lesser extent Kim) that just aren’t present in Anya’s.  Unlike a lot of the Bitter Kittens whose interest in the this show is its technical elements and the art of sewing, I have no knowledge of sewing beyond what I’ve gleaned watching nine seasons of this show and following this blog and so it ultimately comes down to aesthetics for me, and Anya won that in my eyes by a mile.  That’s just where I’m coming from. 

      But I don’t really buy the argument that Anya won just because she made for good reality TV, that she was pretty, that she worked the game, etc.  Reading through Bert’s TLo interview, what he says about the current state of the fashion industry was a lightbulb moment for me–my suspicion is that Anya presents the best chance for the PR brand to cross over and “make it big” since Christian.  You can totally see an Anya swimsuit line for Target, an Anya sandal line for Payless, an Anya purse line for Macys and an Anya sunglasses line for… and on and on, infinitely.  If Bert was correct about the current state of the industry (especially in this recession with its emphasis on token luxury items), Anya is tailor-made for it.  I know that it’s not what we want to see on this show, but it totally makes business sense for all involved (BM, PR, Lifetime, Heidi, Anya herself and on and on and on).  And honestly, I think this show needs a few more successes like that–because nine PR winners in, one thing is clear: winning PR is certainly no ticket to fame and fortune.  But I suspect that Anya is going to take the bull by its horns, and I say go get ‘em, girl!

      And that’s all I have to say about that.  Sorry that it got so lengthy!

      • Anonymous

        I think you’ve managed to nail it and have offered me some relief from the minor torment of trying to figure out what in hell has been going on with the show.  What I’m looking for as a viewer and what they’re offering as a corporate conglomerate thingie are two different things.  It’s interesting to note that Tyra Banks has taken her America’s Next Top Model circus and turned into a straight-up branding exercise this year.  She’s at least had the chutzpah to say so and make that point clear over and over again.  Certains models, generally not the “winners,” are working as runway models and appear successful enough but the supposed dream of the next top model of course has never happened because that’s not the way the world works–certainly not the industry.  That being said, ANTM has gone from being an entertaining silly hour to a kind of Grand Guignol spectacle this year.  And I agree that Bert told us all we need to know.  Anyway, thanks.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

          I’ve been watching the trainwreck. It’s not even about modeling — because “pretend you are Snooki/Nene on the back of a motorcycle on a night out” is sort of giving up right? If that hideous Lisa win its serves La Banks right.

          • Anonymous

            Last night’s epi was definitely acid trip insane.  Pot Ledom?  I mean that’s just from another planet of crazy ass reality show goodness.  Project Runway needs to run and catch up or it’ll be left in the meta hallucination dust.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Allison for the win!

            • Anonymous

              Definitely Mrs. Game FTW!  That man fell in love–most amazing ANTM moment evah!  “You are the most beautiful weird looking woman I have ever seen!”  I thought I was having a flashback.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I don’t know anything about Game or his music but I liked him and I loved the way he treated all the models; he seemed to know his stuff.  He was very cute with Allison, she’s completely fabulous so who could blame him!

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        That misses the point of why would someone want a brand x wallet.  People want them because the brand is supposed to represent something that denotes quality.  I can’t afford a Burberry trench coat but may like a scarf.   I can’t afford Louis Vuitton luggage but a wallet….

        That is.. .if I were a person motivated to spend for designer labels. 

        Even if one were not a label fanatic, that still leaves the question: is the product quality, is it functional?  If it is not, no one will buy it.  There are hundreds of wilma dresses  and maxis sitting on clearance racks right now for good reason.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          To be fair, the product would be constructed by people far more competent than Anya, so it might be better.  And maybe she’ll design much better stuff when she’s not limited by her construction skills.

      • Anonymous

        I think that Michael Kors said something very close to this in the “chat”; that he could envision what an Anya product would look like. This show is now about products, not fashion or design.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I think your branding analysis is spot on. But the “good t.v., pretty, worked the game, etc.” is, I think, an aspect of why she’s a prime candidate around whom to brand.

    • Anonymous

      Outside of the fact that all of this is really crappy, commonplace designs, here’s my problem….the pieces aren’t finished. You can see the bottom of the black and white ‘bathing suit’ cover up fraying.  Things flow beautifully if they don’t have a hem weighing them down.  If they were constructed correctly, would they even be the same pieces? The flow of the fabric would look entirely different which is why MK always critized construction until this season.  I’m just so sad about what this show has become.

      • Anonymous

        Oh my god. Raw edge hem at Lincoln Center. I think the whole design is just two yards of 60″ wide chiffon with the top edge pulled over the shoulder and tacked down to the selvedge edges. Belt it and go.

        • Anonymous

          “Oh my god. Raw edge hem at Lincoln Center”

          And when you think of the blood sweat & tears that go into a *student’s* final collection. The one (unless you go to one of the premiere fashion schools in the world) that’s shown in an auditorium on a college campus that had to be wrested away from the performance arts department for maybe long enough to do a single full tech run through, if you’re lucky.

          It really doesn’t do to think about this runway as if it were actually happening during Fashion Week. It creates such cognitive dissonance. And I need my head in an unexploded state.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            Even worse — think of all the struggling designers out there who really do live off Ramen so deeply in debt from buying fabric that they are beyond destitute, who have been giving EVERYTHING to trying to break in, with a show at FW being their big dream moment. 

            And she sent down 10 ridiculous similar looks that were sloppily made (and even more sloppily conceived) with raw hems and unmatched patterns on incorrectly cut fabric. 

            Think of the as-yet-undiscovered Lee McQueens out there (having been down that particular mental state road myself, it hits me harder than most) pushing through EVERY FREAKING DAY just waiting for that moment.  The one she THREW AWAY!  And then made 100 GRAND on! 

            Damn straight I take it personally.  Not that she won when she didn’t deserve to because of her skills.  But because she couldn’t be bothered to make the effort — it’s ridiculously disrespectful to the viewers, to her fellow designers (both on and off the show), her own pride (seriously, how does that not burn her up?!?) and the general notion of a work ethic! 

            I am an incredibly lazy person, but if I ever went on this show (and at this point I’m tempted, just to scorch the earth if possible) and was showing at FW — even if I intended to never design another piece or sew another single stitch, you can be damn sure what I’d be showing would be my best.  Because IT’S POLITE AND MY MOTHER WOULD STILL SPANK ME IF I DID ANY LESS!

    • Stephen Trask

      Hey T Lo,  What do you think of the looks demonstrated here, on Anya’s website from before Project Runway?  Same critiques?
      http://www.anyaayoungchee.com/

      • Anonymous

        There is no way she made any of those outfits.

        • Stephen Trask

          Unless she did “refrain in any manner from using or displaying (her) knowledge or skill” in an attempt to deceive the audience and the judges to affect all or part of the outcome of the contest in violation of Section 509 of the 1960 Amendment to the Federal Communications act of 1934.  

          • Anna Maria Diamanti

            What on earth are you talking about? Are you suggesting the content of her website had something to do with her win?

            • Anonymous

              I think he’s setting up an either / or. Either she didn’t make any of those outfits, or if she did, she willfully and knowingly lied to the producers and judges, thereby getting a sympathy vote (she’s only been sewing for 4 months, what a savante!) thereby violating the FCA of 1934. Which means she’s lying somewhere.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              She doesn’t have to be lying at all!  She may have DESIGNED the outfits without CONSTRUCTING the outfits — a very common practice outside of PR.

            • Anonymous

              OK. But I was just explaining the other guy’s point, though, not making a claim of my own.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Yours was just the last in the line to tack my point onto:)

            • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

              Shannon, how many young, just-starting-out designers don’t develop their own pattern blocks. How many don’t pattern their own stuff, fabricate it for a showroom?  Even if they were bankrolled well enough to hire out the pattern-making and the prototype construction, there are still many changes that get made with a new design.  I can’t help but think that drawing some pretty vague pictures is enough to call oneself a fashion designer.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I honestly can’t tell you, because I don’t work in the traditional fashion — I don’t create a line, I do custom wardrobe collections for individuals.  And I don’t do the boutique thing at all, because I’m not particularly fond of the mass market model — it’s too rigid to fit 95% of women correctly to start.

              However… I would assume a lot of young designers probably have to make samples themselves, which would require them to make a pattern.  And without the seaming in detail, there’s an awful lot left to a pattern maker.

            • Stephen Trask

              I’m amusing myself I suppose and pointing out that I think that we were all the victims of a deception and that that deception may in fact run afoul of the law.  

        • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

          Anya was quite upfront at the audition about being a designer with very little experience in actually sewing the clothes. She has at least one line of her own, which the judges knew. But let’s face it Michael Kors doesn’t sew the clothes he designs, either. One of the artificial things about Project Runway is that you have to be able to construct a garment really well as well as design it. That’s been true from the first season. 

      • Anonymous

        We think she didn’t see them? Is this a trick question?

    • margaret meyers

      A very thoughtful analysis of what so many of us felt when we looked at her garments.  Her best looks are mostly about what someone else did:  the graphic designer or tye-dyer who made the great fabric, the many competitors who helped her make her clothes (whether it was just doing some sewing she couldn’t do or taking her description and making the garment) and her beautiful models.  Take one of these away and her designs do not work. 

      That first b&w floaty dress and the b&w clown suit are just awful.  The dress has a modesty tab (Josh got reamed for that), ill matched fabric that makes one breast look bigger than the other, and the neckline plunges below her belly button — a great and practical look for so many women, right?  The clown suit makes the model look hefty.  Is that pants at the bottom or what?  And where do you wear that?

      Think of how beautiful and graceful Bert’s tan shift was and then look at Anya’s tan shift.  She has so little experience she cannot even anticipate what having that front seam is going to do to that dress (make it inelegantly stick out like the prow of a ship).

      • Anonymous

        She has so little experience she cannot even anticipate what having that front seam is going to do to that dress (make it inelegantly stick out like the prow of a ship).

        There is no center front seam on that dress. Astronomically bad.  The pattern is made wrong.

        • margaret meyers

          I’m talking about the short beige dress with the spread collar — there’s a seam down the front and it is causing the dress to hang badly. Terrible construction.

          • Anonymous

            Margaret, 
            I wasn’t trying to call you out, I am more or less agreeing with you. But you’re talking about #5 right? Look at the close up where you can see the hem. No center front seam. It is cut very badly with all the flair coming from the center front neckline. It’s so bad it looks like there is a seam (when none is there) tTHat is a special talent indeed.

            • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

              Thus why does everyone think she has design talent?  I just don’t understand this.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Maybe it’s like when you see someone dance really horribly (in a comedic way, where it’s intentional) in a movie?  It usually indicates quite a bit of actual skill — it’s hard to suck THAT MUCH:)

    • Anonymous

      If you have breasts, you can wear two of these garments – if you don’t mind putting the back of your bra on display.  At least Precious Moments was upfront about his distaste for boobs.

      • Anonymous

        And yet even Precious Moments ended up constructing a respectable top for his DD-cup client!  smh.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      I agree completely. The judges have said about a million times “we like a designer who understands a woman’s body and how to flatter it”; “we like a point of view and matching colors and all the same style does not count as a pt of view (Michael Costello learned that); “we like range..not just the same thing over and over again. Repeat does not equal collection.”  So why did these rules only apply up until the last 2 seasons?

      Have the respect and integrity not only for your own professional image but for the sake of the industry you so highly covet to stand by your words and critique with honesyt! I’m talking to all of you: Michael, Nina and Heidi!

    • http://twitter.com/Kaptain_Killjoy Nimith

      There have been decoy collections that were of a higher quality than this. The powers that be over at Lifetime ought to be ashamed of themselves.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Hell, there were decoy collections THIS SEASON that were MILES better than this!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Blimey – you snooze and get here late, then take the time to read all of the comments and before you know it there are 276 of them!

      I’m struck by how often commenters say that Anya “seems nice” or “seems like a nice girl” or “seems nice enough.”

      seems

      seems

      Clearly the Beauty Queen Pheromones are capable of reaching through the tv screen and disrupting the critical faculties of some viewers.  Perhaps we shouldn’t be quite so critical of the judges, producers and the other designers; the dose must be incredibly powerful in person.

      Maybe we can use Tim’s resistance to manufacture a vaccine?

      • Stephen Trask

        Yes, she is rife with “seems” but falls short in the seams department.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          niiiiiiiiice!

      • Anonymous

        Well said!  Beauty queen pheromones!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I like to assume that everyone is a decent human being unless I have definitive proof otherwise.  Naive, but it helps my insomnia not get worse…

        • Anonymous

          I always tell people that I worked hard to develop cynicism and suspicion because, by nature, I am very gullible and take people at face value.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I’m with you:)  I always thought I was very cynical and pessimistic. 

            Then I realized just how many times I keep hoping for the right thing, and I’m pretty sure I’m secretly an optimist. 

            Of course, it could just be that I’m lazy and coming up with the worst explanation takes more effort than assuming the best one.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Seems… well, perhaps she does not come across as genuine and people are not quite sure about her.  I thought something was off about her from the beginning audition videos.

    • Anonymous

      WTF is going on with the legs on that bathing suit? They are cut across that point on a woman’s hips/upper thighs that it shouldn’t, because it makes her look much wider than she is. 

      Overall, Anya has a few decent ideas, but not enough to win the season. She has serious construction and fit issues. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1007327979 Sara Frankart Finn

      These “clothes” all remind me of a little girl playing dress up with a bunch of large scarves, just wrapping them and attaching them with belts or pins.  Or the clothes I used to “design” for my barbies in the same manner.  

    • Anonymous

      If anyone needs a laugh at this point, here’s a link: http://racked.com/archives/2011/10/28/project-runway-season-9-ep-14-the-finale.php
      I especially appreciated the Top Ten Moments of Project Runway Greatness.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya

        Epic!

      • Anonymous

        Oh my god, Bodyglove!  That is so perfect for those horrible Josh shorts.  I had totally forgotten (or mercifully repressed) that whole line.

    • Anonymous

      It would seem that Anya has a talent and modeling agency called Fuse the Agency..”.Not only was the public’s eyes peeled for things to criticize in her collection, her new modeling and talent agency Fuse The Agency, had screened and selected all the Fashion Week models! Pressha!……”..
      Hmmmmm………explains the Love.????                                                                

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        are they representing her or is she the owner of the agency?

        • Anonymous

          {edi} ilovetrash……If the websites are correct she is the owner.  She started them in 2009 and her PR machine promotes her agency etc….

          So all of the runway models….and what is not clear is if…. all of PR’s fashion week models were chosen by her agency or if it was just HER runway show………..and were the models on the show representative of her agency??? If they were it sure explains some “stuff”.

          • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

            i bet they chose her model for the show too.
            her model on the show really looked like her. same face shape, same proportion of features. i’ve thought that all along, actually– but i thought PR picked the model so they would both look so much better when stood side by side. now i think she & her agency chose the model [of course] & that the fact that she not only has two lines already up & running but a caribbean all-purpose fashion agency– oh for heavens sake. that has far far more to do w/ her “win” on this stupid show than that she, um, um, yeah just learned to sew four months ago.

            • Anonymous

              Just makes me sad for the other designers if they went into it not knowing…..or found out sometime early on in the show. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

              me too.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI Anonymous

            This is heavy duty stuff –Anya’s modeling agency couldn’t have chosen all of the models for PR fashion week without there being a severe conflict of interest.  Even if her agency provided models for only her collection, that would be an unfair advantage.  I doubt the other designers had their own stable of models–I thought the models were provided by Project Runway.  I hope I’m not deeply misunderstanding this thread. 

            I didn’t realize that Anya was such a budding tycoon, before her applying for PR. I knew she had a couple of fashion lines, but how many other businesses?  She has no time to design, she has an empire.  

            • Anonymous

              You are absolutely right, and there is no clear indication that she was able to use her agency for the PR show. Just some buzz talk , conspiracy. etc out there….. probably should not have repeated something that is speculation only. My apologies.

    • vmcdanie

      Some of her looks are cute and I don’t violently hate this the way I did Gretchen’s collection. I cannot get past the mismatched patterns at the seam or the ass cheeks hanging out on those shorts. That this is the winning collection of PR is just flat-out insulting to anyone who has watched it faithfully all these years.

      • margaret meyers

        Love the unhemmed, raw edge of the fabric on the b&w swimsuit cover-up.  So very typical of her work.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t anymore.  No reunion show (or whatever the hell it is) for me.  You guys enjoy your drunkenness tonight, as I’m at work.  Groan on work AND this now-stupid show.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4AZYKFDGYZTFQJML25GU4RJBUQ Anh-Thu

      Oh wow. I didn’t notice the peekaboo butt cheeks on those shorts until I saw the still. No wonder she doesn’t make any sort of leg-wear.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      Does anyone in real life wear swimsuits with a belt?  It always looks so weird to me.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        It depends on the purpose of the suit — not everyone swims.  And it depends on the belt.  If the belt is made of the same material as the suit, the little buckle is no different than a metal clasp on a bikini, even if you’re swimming.

      • Stephen Trask

        Wonder Woman.

    • Anonymous

      I was watching non-cable this weekend and they had the Carribbean News (CIN? on NYC.GOV channel) on with a whole segment devoted to Anya……Seems like she’s it for Trinidad and Tobago…..

    • Anonymous

      Some random thoughts, which may or may not be repetition of stuff that’s already been said! (I only got through about half of the comments so far.)
      -Anya consistently says or implies “this is how we dress in the Caribbean”. I really have to say I doubt this. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never actually been to the Caribbean (sadly) nor have I been to T&T. But I have grown up in Miami, and presently live and work here, where every single Caribbean nation (and most of South America) is represented in our population and culture. I’ve met, known, worked with, and taught people from all parts of the Caribbean, including T&T. And I really doubt that most Caribbean women wear clothes that are exposing as Anya’s. First, not everyone in the Caribbean spends their time lying around on a beach and going snorkeling in Tobago, etc. Many people, I’m sure, also work in offices and white-collar professional environments. I understand that there may be a relaxed socially acceptable dress code – Miami is a great example, as what is acceptable office wear here might not be in NYC, for instance. But women will still need and want fashionable separates to wear to their jobs and in fancy restaurants and nightclubs and shopping malls.
      -Despite the criticism that Anya only designs for one body type, I have to disagree. While I *seriously* love Victor’s clothes and would kill to wear them, and feel the same about other PR designers like Laura Kathleen or Burt, Anya’s clothes *are* more diverse-body friendly thank, i.e. Victor’s – or would be if they were constructed properly. I recently received her Piperlime winning jumpsuit and I have to say, it looks hot on me. I’m a Size 16 woman with C-cups, and my excess weight goes directly over my belly, with skinny legs, which makes dressing REALLY difficult. The jumpsuit looks slimming and sexy. But there are serious design problems that show her lack of design skills (and might result in a return to Piperlime) – the shoulder straps won’t stay up without double-sided tape, and the garment is not lined which for a thin silk is a serious issue. On the other hand, I *LOVE* that I have found something I look sexy in!
      -The beautifulness of the prints is completely ruined by a lack of print-matching. That is acceptable when I’m shopping Missoni for Target, but is not acceptable for a NYC FW runway show. (I’m sure someone has said this already.)

    • Anonymous

      Amen to that!

    • Anonymous

      that last dress is the same design as Kimberly’s final dress

      • Anonymous
        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Pitaya/100002684300018 Irina Pitaya
          • Anonymous

            Wow, I’ve never seen them actually side by side. What a colossal rip-off! How could they let her win?

          • Pennymac

            Wow. I’m speachless….

          • Anonymous

            Looking at them from the back, it’s damning.

          • margaret meyers

            That is shocking.  And the judges said nothing even though that was the look Anya had next to her during the judging.  I guess they were lucky Kimberley didn’t have her black gown next to her.

          • Anonymous

            It is infuriating that the judges didn’t (or chose not to) notice this or mention this – it is so obvious it is a rip-off of Kimberly’s.  How does that girl sleep at night?
            Thanks for the link.

    • Anonymous

      As much as I like several of the designers who are in AllStars, I really don’t trust Bunim/Murray not to send that group right down the B/M reality commode, sad to say.

    • Anonymous

      Uli was just heads and shoulders above Anya.  Her final collection was so lovely to watch-she not only chose gorgeous prints, she understood her fabrics and created garments that maximized the beauty of the prints.

    • Anonymous

      It would have been even better if Viktor could have used Josh as one of his models in a clavicle bearing flowy number-I think Josh would have swanned the hell out of it!

    • Anonymous

      Viktor did finally catch on , didn’t he?

    • Anonymous

      Meh. Nothing new to say.

      Made the mistake of gong back to looking at Uli’s work – not only was her final collection far more varied, which I had forgotten, but even her beachy-caftan-cover-up genre looks (her finale collection and competition looks combined) had soo much more variety of technique and impact than these.

      • Anonymous

        I felt Uli deserved the win that year. Her final collection was great.

    • Anonymous

      And garments with sleeves!

      • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

        Heard you on Derrick@Romaine. LUV you!

    • Anonymous

      That romper thing is even uglier now that I get a view from the back. It looks like a scarf wrapped around trying to be pulled off as a top with the belt holding it together? Ill fitting (her ass cheeks are about to make an appearance), badly made and boring. Blech.

      • margaret meyers

        She made some silk sleep shorts with an elastic waist and attached (maybe) two strips of chiffon and tossed them over the model’s shoulders.  I imagine the Piperlime belt is holding it all together.

    • mrspeel2

      For you’re magnificent insight in relaying the unfortunate events of this PR cycle and telling it like it is, Thank you TLo!!
      I’m inclined to think I probably won’t watch the next go-around but will definitely read your recaps because they really are far more entertaining than the show anyway.

      BTW, you DO realize you’ve probably blown your chance at EVER being invited to one of Heidi’s Halloween Parties, right??

    • Anonymous

      The outcome of this season was such a sad.
      Not much else to say, except Uli was so much better at designs like these. Head and shoulders above.

      I only read the TLo blog, have stopped watching the show completely. 

    • Anonymous

      The manipulation by the producers and the outright lies told by the judges deeply annoy me. But the fact that Uli did work like this a THOUSAND times better and did not win enrages me. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      this is a minor question but is she the only “designer” who used more than a single pair of shoes on all her models?

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        She had to spend the money somewhere I guess.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Not much perceptive to say, is there?

      Off topic: Russian version of Project Runway, Project Podium, is on, if you are interested! You can pick it up from this site: http://podium.mtv.ru/video/episode01/

      It appears four episodes have aired, and naturally they are all in Russian, so don’t come asking me what happened, since I sure do not speak Russian! You will know as much as I do!

      I just watched the first episode, and frankly, I was not really impressed quite yet, but we will see how it goes. It looks like another Project Runway, really.

      • Stefanos Mantyla

        I wonder if the Russians know what is going on with the American show and what they need to do to make this show work properly.

        I have also had the chance to see the Portuguese version, which was some time last year, and that was awful, really. They tried to make it as much as the American version as possible, which is not a crime, given that the American version was not always what it is now, and that one does not always need to be innovative with a successful format. Oh no; it was worse than that. And I am not just talking about the poor production value of it, either. The Portuguese Heidi Klum was beautiful and appeared to my eyes to be a fair hostess, so no problem there. The designer selection was poor off the bat, which may have contributed to such a ridiculously polarized scoreboard. Top 3 were almost always top 3, while everyone else never had a chance to be on top. Fairness! Also, we know how judging in the American version is cumulative, and how the judges like to deny it, right? Judging in the Portuguese version was CRAZY cumulative, they awarded Pedro a win on episode 7 solely on his past works! No, no; they OPENLY said that! The episode after (Final 3), the challenge premise was shit-poor (make a look inspired by either Björk, Madonna, or Lady Gaga), the one with Lady Gaga basically styled his model to look exactly like Lady Gaga, and the designer (with Madonna for an inspiration (what is Madonna known for, anyway, fashion-wise?)) who actually had something was asked to leave. AND the Final two collections were awful.

        Honestly, there is no use in being humble about it; we Finns knocked it clear out of the park when it comes to Project Runway! Can the Russians do the same?

        • Stefanos Mantyla

          Oh! And about Anya’s collection? Nope; still cannot work up anything perceptive to say about it.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

          as a Portuguese, I can even tell you I stopped watching the show mid-season. Poor designers, poor challenges, awful host (poor Naima, she’s actually a nice person), awful editing. I am however surprised to know that someone outside Portugal watched that trainwreck :p

      • Stefanos Mantyla

        And if the show feels slow-paced, you can just skip to 30:00 for the runway show.

    • Anonymous

      If this is all it takes to win, why bother to even go through the competition? Just give her win the moment she steps in to audition for the show with her portfolio.

      Absurd and sad.

      • Anonymous

        They were tempted, but then how would they have been able to squeeze in all the product placements and out and out ads for L’Oreal, Piperlime, Garnier, and all the other “experts” that likely had a say in the choice of winner. 

    • Anonymous

      While the print of her first dress is nice, that’s all it is, a nice print. The cut of the top is vulgar. Actually I find all of her necklines awful. They bring to mind undraping examination gowns on mammogram day — and that’s about as much thought as went into the design and production of them.

      It’s funny, I never once thought that the low, sexy necklines of Uli or Kara Saun and several others were vulgar. They were designed cut, fitted, SEWN, etc so much better. This Anya is a sham.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry — she isn’t even a very enthralling reality TV character. She’ll be forgotten in couple months.

      • Anonymous

        We can only hope.

    • Anonymous

      TLo said…”It’s got the whiff of a dilettante all over it”.
      Perfect summation. This is why her clothing improved when Bert was making it, because he has an obvious set of skills, and a real understanding of design and construction. 

    • http://twitter.com/cosicosa Alison G

      I was thinking about it and maybe Anya lack of technical skill IS her appeal. Not in the “heartwarming story” sense, but because most of these pieces can be recreated by sweatshop workers for little time and with cheap materials. That means more cash for Piperlime, and collections at cheap chain stores to being extra exposure for Runway. 

      • Anonymous

        Maybe.  But what percent of the population could actually wear these “clothes”
        (probably more accurate to call them scarves)?  I mean you need to to be
        incredibly tall, have a small bust and be able to go without a bra, be comfortable with a great deal of exposed skin and possibly some over exposure, and
        have an infinite number of beach themed events.  It seems like Burt’s simple also produced but not wining dress is whole lot easier to wear for whole lot more people. I just don’t know if there is a huge mass market for these clothes. 

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      When all the excitement in your collection comes from wondering how the models’ breasts aren’t falling out, I don’t care what Project Runway says – you are not a prize winning designer.

    • Alina Badus

      There is not a single garment here that can be worn with a bra. Just sayin’. The bathing suit doesn’t count, naturally, but it’s an awfully ugly bathing suit.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent summation boys and as always great observations (both good and bad) from the bitter kittens.

      I thought all three of the other collections looked better when they walked, than they did in the pictures. In Anya’s case I thought it looked worse walking than it did in the pictures and that’s with mismatched fabric, belly buttons and side boobs hanging out!  The only print I liked was the first one, but the dress was so plunging it looked like it was melting off the model, no amount of flow could fix that.I’m glad to be putting this sham of a season behind us and I’ll be even happier to see the Anya trolls leave the forums. I’ve always liked the back and forth here and the ability to agree to disagree civilly. 

    • Anonymous

      Seth Aaron must be having a nervous breakdown.  

      • Anonymous

        Nah. Neither is Uli. I’m betting that after that “dear sweet Jesus, that’s a ridiculous ballsup” moment, they got over it fast. They have to have seen how awful the general talent level was this season and were prepared.

        Both of them know how to *work* at their craft, and work damn hard. I’m sure they figured out long ago that life is not fair, and they also know that however successful Anya becomes, it has about as much relationship to what they do as do Kim Kardashian’s efforts to develop her product line.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah you are probably right.  But lord oh lord when I look back on past seasons and some of solid creative and technical talent that has graced that stage….then that goofy gal won last year for putting out clothes I could purchase in the Sears bargain basement, and now this year a bunch of glorified scarves takes the prize.

      • Anonymous

        A breakdown because he and Mondo are the ones that picked her to go on to the show?

        • Anonymous

          No, because Seth Aaron can sew and tailor with precision.  Heck, that brings to mind goofy Kenley.  I did not enjoy watching her on the show because all her carrying on got in the way of the creative process, but that girl could sew.

    • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

      I can’t anymore with this talentless hack.  These are all shapeless flow-y sacks.  Many have opined that the patterns are doing all the style work for her and I absolutely agree.  Yawn.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

      She really takes the sentence “Thank you Mood!” to a whole ‘nother level….

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      My husband, astutely said.. She owes the print designer some money from her winnings!!   I think a lot of the love for her wear stems from people longing to be in the Caribbean on vacation, floating in these dresses. I liked Uli’s better. Where was her love?

    • Anonymous

      She has a good eye for prints, but that’s not enough to be a successful designer in a tough, tough industry.  And who knows if she’s even all that serious about design.  My guess is she’d rather have a TV career.  I wouldn’t watch her, but maybe others would.

    • Anonymous

      That potato sack is one of the worst things to ever come down the runway, almost up there with what’s-his’name’s shorts. Blech. Seriously. She is a dilettante. You guys hit the nail on the head. Thank you.

      And I hope she just goes away now.

    • Anonymous

      When the model’s ass is falling out of the shorts, there’s not a chance in hell anyone else can wear it. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

      This collection viewed again is worse than I was remembering.  The way the pattern is skewed on the black and white dress is a horror, and I have to believe the judges “missed” it, as to have seen the lack of match and award the prize is unforgivable.  Oh yeah, what they did pretty much is.  But really, butt cheek showing on the shorts is ok but covering up a boob is too transparent?  Someone help, I’m confused.  Her last look, (one of the “new” ones) is a total copy of Kimberley’s.  In all honesty, the only one that wows at all is the first one, and the fabric is doing all the work.  Stunning use of the fabric though.  I’m still as confused as I was last week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Jenkins/506864334 Sara Jenkins

      I just think of her aesthetic and how trepidatious the judges were in Uli’s season to put her though because of a similarly narrow, flowy style. And Uli came through with some more out-of-her-wheelhouse looks, and didn’t win, while Anya did nothing new design-wise, and took the whole competition. I’m so very done with B/M and their overly produced style.

    • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

      Project Cruise Line

    • http://twitter.com/evergreen_g G and G

      Didn’t watch the finale but I just can’t imagine how these dresses can look pretty on the runway when the fabrics look like they are creating a wedgie right into the models crotches as they walk. I would hate to be a woman being forced to wear these.

    • Susan Crawford

      Yes – you nailed it, boys. When Anya gets a piece of pretty, flowy, printed fabric, she turns out a pretty, flowy, printed garment with minimal design and very modest construction skills.

      She may have a future in fashion – she may not. But she has taken a BIG step – with Bunim/Murray and PR judges help – in creating plenty of Anya buzz. She is a brand, all right. I doubt very much if we have seen the last of Anya. In fact, I suspect she will market herself into one of PR’s more enduring “names” – more for her persona than her design skills, but it has been quite a while since the show actually lived up to the original premise of discovering new DESIGNERS.

      Meantime, those short shorts are distressingly cracktastic, and I mean CRACK in every sense of the word. I pity the poor model who had to parade down the runway with half the rear seam firmly embedded in her heinie.

    • Anonymous

      I think many of us started watching this show in season one with our eyes wide open. We didn’t have a clue what to expect but season after season after season, the judges drilled things into our head.  There were things that were not just expected but demanded of the contestants as they moved onward in the competition. 

      Last year there was a big fiasco because were they awarding the most forward thinking designer or what the judges (at the time) thought was the most commercial of the two.  The judges went with commercial….and there is the ground work.  They started throwing away all the things they told us earlier, and we as watchers, started clutching our hands going “What is this??”  Most of us thought it was an aberration….they can’t be serious in the direction that this show is taking. Right?

      Going back to Emilio Sosa, he was criticized for being too commercial. But after that they have pushed it.  This season you have many commercial designers. Many of them.  So what do the judges base their decisions on?   It’s pretty and she is pretty too.  There was NO designing but then again, the show is not Project Designing…it is Project Runway. The Producers can satisfy themselves that they are meeting the criteria and obviously there are still enough people who are quite happy with “pretty” but no skill being thrown their way that they will continue to have a successful show.

      For those of us who want more depth and more then a good print and deep V neck line we can always watch.. Huh…kind of screwed there.

    • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

      “her glass eye,” hahaha, thanks a lot. I just snorted wine out my nose, which I’ll have you know is really painful!

    • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

      “her glass eye,” hahaha, thanks a lot. I just snorted wine out my nose, which I’ll have you know is really painful! 

    • Anonymous

      I have this hope that SOMEONE in Heidi, Tim, Michael and Nina’s personal life; a friend or family member who likes Project Runway, just went up to them at the end of this season and said, “Wow…you really will whore out your beliefs to be on tv, won’t you?”

    • Anonymous

      Wait, this is in her bio: “A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Central St Martins School of Art and Design, Anya spent several years working as a designer in New York City until in 2007 she returned home after her eighteen-year old brother Pilar died tragically in a car accident”

      So how is it that she couldn’t sew until 4 months before the show?  I don’t get it.  

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        Her major and job/career was graphic designer.  Apparently that did not pan out.

    • http://www.GirlsBestFriendandcoBlog.com GBFANDCO

      I really can’t believe how mean you all are being. Anya is amazing. Of course the show is produced. But I believe her story. She is so talented. As a women who loves a tropical vacation I love her designs. So easy breezy. I hope to see her do great things.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Am I the only one confused as to whether this is sarcasm?

        • Anonymous

          I’m afraid it’s not meant as sarcasm. If you click the profile avatar, it’s seems to be a thinly disguised three-best-friends (aka corporate shills) blog that flogs designer goods meant to help “empower and enrich” the sad lives of women like us “through development of personal style”.

          Sigh.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I didn’t even look at the name, but reading the tagline attached… yeah. 

            I personally found spending $250 on $1500 coats to be “empowering”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      you know, it is so much worse in still shots! It looks so thrown together and poorly executed. She has ideas and style, no question but it really is a slap in the face to so many talented people who would kill for this chance…..getting upset again……sigh

    • Anonymous

       They’re not all that bad, really. IF she were designing her own fabrics and then creating the designs from them, they might be more exciting. I don’t think she should have won, but I think she might be able to do some good work and maybe even have a career. I know they might not be “fashion” but they ARE very attractive “clothes”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      I find it interesting that she chose to do a bias-bound hem on some of the pieces. I wonder if she did that because it can be done at least partly by machine or if it’s an intentional design element.

    • Anonymous

      I have a somewhat different perspective on TLo’s assertion that the producers “got carried away with behind-the-scenes story crafting.”  I don’t think the producers ever thought that Anya’s beauty queen/sex tape/just learned to sew “story” would help make this a great (or even interesting) season of Project Runway.

      Instead, I think the producers wanted a commercially successful, highly visible winner of PR as another extension of the brand, and so they found Anya and her “story” and used this season to foist her on all of us, with no concern that in doing so that they would distort and damage the show.

      Project Runway, the show itself, is now an afterthought for the producers to their empire building and marketing ambitions.  And so what was once a great show is now far less than that.

    • Anonymous

      let me start by saying that anya, along with uli, is one of the pr designers whose clothes i would love to wear, for the most part.  i have the kind of body type that is flattered by these lines- tall with small boobs (no bra!), no waist, hips and butt that used to look great “back in the day”, and long legs. but your criticism is right on.  i have several dresses that i bought for $20 in puerto vallarta that would fit right into this runway show.  i do not find her personality irritating, as many people do; i enjoy her sense of style, but i’ll pass on the gi-normous peace sign earrings.  i mostly like her color and print choices, and i love that teal and gold-green stripe that you hate.  the analogous color scheme of indigo through yellow green is a winner with me anytime, as well as the black and white prints.  batik and tie-dye are right up my alley.  i don’t think that she doesn’t care about construction, but that she knows she is deficient and hides her insecurity with nonchalance.  she’ll have to get past that by a rigorous study of technique, if only to direct others to make the clothes she imagines.  my favorites are number one, four and ten, and i’ll take those shorts today, but add about 3 inches in length.  the cheap-looking camel colored gauze in looks five and seven belongs in the dumpster, along with the hideous bias tape she used to bind number seven.  the construction of the back of number four does seriously suck.  and the “blouse” worn with the shorts-  is it just a piece of fabric tucked into the belt?  i used to do that with a large scarf folded on the bias.   

      • Anonymous

        i don’t think look 5 is gauze. it’s some kind of linen-y fabric. 

    • Anonymous

      What I find weird about the boob-less aspect of these looks, is that I thought it was primarily trophy wives with boob jobs that “did” resort. Also, for the Uli comparison: I really don’t care for resort. It does not resonate for me. My idea of a vacation is either museum-hopping in a big city or roughing it in the mountains. Still, the green dress that Nazri wore in the finale is one of my my all-time favorites ever on PR. Anya’s opening dress looks like something I would grab off the rack at WalMart because my son’s school was having a 60s-70s party and the parents were invited.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Fake boobs don’t need bras — they hold up themselves:)

    • Anonymous

      Like some of the other minions, I fell asleep during this episode and didn’t see her “winning” collection. Now all I can say that a) the judges had their eyes closed when this non-collection of sheets with zippers and straps walked by , b) payola was involved, and/or c) the producers and judges were gifted luxury condos in Trinidad/Tobago just prior to the runway show.

      There was no there there.

      • Anonymous

        What zippers?

    • Anonymous

      Mrs Roper Resort.

    • Anonymous

      No sleeves, no pants, no tailoring, no respect.

    • Anonymous

      Has no one really mentioned how many of looks both on the show and in the FINALE are held up by belts. The second dress, for example, looks like it may have been sewn to give a pleated effect but the belt is probably needed to make sure it stays in place. I do agree that they made this season more about the drama. The producers may have felt it necessary to help along a contestant that was popular to the finale. After what happened when many people were mad that Mondo didn’t win last season, they may have just tried to aide Anya towards the win. Who knows. *sigh* She does have good taste, and an eye for design, but her finale collection was disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      She’ll be onto something else, because she’s floating through life without a specific passion for anything. I have some artistic ability, and when I get an idea I get obsessed and do good stuff….but it’s not something that drives me. 9/10 of the designers on PR have been making clothes since they were kids and can’t imagine doing ANYTHING else. And even though they just watched Anya win the prize they wanted, they’ll keep on designing clothes…it’s who they are!

    • Anonymous

      Looking at Anya’s stuff, I pity the talent scouts at future Project Runway auditions, because they will be swamped with people who think that they have a shot. “Hey, I could do that! My preschool kid could do that–she makes great hand-prints! Heck, my cat would be a great contestant. She can make great shredded garments!”

      Meow.

    • Anonymous

      I am still peeved with her win. Wretchen and now Yawnya. God, send us a deserving winner soon.

    • Anonymous

      Most. Ridiculous. Win. Ever.

      Just using their own standards, they kicked out Uli quite dismissively (meh, it’s always the same resort dress), even though Uli did much more interesting and well-constructed flowy dresses.

      The others were three strong finalists, with credible interesting collections — Josh and Kimberly being the standouts — and to pick this hapless nitwit… Just beggars belief. The show is really a cartoon now; I have no idea what they’re judging on. If Tim Gunn was po’d last year, I can’t imagine what sniping speech he’ll be giving at a mall this year.