Lifetime Television’s “Project Runway” ended its uneventful ninth season Thursday night with, as might be expected, few fireworks. Not only would the four finalists have had a hard time competing against designers from earlier seasons, but few of their personalities ever popped off the screen.
Kimberly, said in the finale, “I’m so happy to be here, I have a lot of work to do, I am beyond words.” While Viktor, whose strategy seemed to be to keep his head down and make it to the finale, he was at his most interesting when whispering under his breath to Josh.
Josh, young, arrogant and snarky, was left to carry most of the personality bag, and it stretched him too thin. Over and over we saw him saying nasty things to the camera. It brought a bit of drama, but listening to one person be a snarky poseur repeatedly is more tedious than thrilling.
Which leaves us with Anya, a beauty queen exuding a sense of genuine kindness. She carried herself with a gentle control, thinking before speaking, learning from critiques, generously offering support to her competitors when asked. The only problem: She can’t really sew.
And though she does not yet have the skills needed to actually construct garments, Ayoung-Chee was eventually announced as the winner.
For winning Project Runway Anya will receive, $100,000 to start her own line, an editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine, the opportunity to sell a fashion line on Piperlime.com, and a $50,000 technology suite from Hewlett-Packard.
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