Trinidad and Tobago’s Anya Ayoung-Chee is among the top contenders on the popular television reality show Project Runway. Anya is now among the top nine designers as the show heads to its grand finale.
Last Friday, one of the most eagerly anticipated events of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York—the taping of the Project Runway finale—took place, causing a frenzy of speculation.
Because taping for the Lifetime show’s finale is done before many of the designer contestants have actually been eliminated in the episodes that have aired, the taping was staged so that all nine of the designers remaining as of the last episode presented a ten-piece collection. Of course, viewers at home will only see the top three finalists once the finale airs. As is tradition, the final judging was taped secretly at a separate location. The presence of the extra contestants invited all sorts of speculation in the audience, of course, with many attendees at the taping watching the reactions and note taking (or lack thereof) of judges Michael Kors, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and guest judge L’Wren Scott as each collection came down the runway.
Audience consensus seemed to be that the best collections were the pieces by Olivier Green and the black-and-gold-themed pieces by Laura Kathleen. Anya, a fan favourite, won praise for her Caribbean-flavoured dresses and separates.