Project Runway Season 9 chose Anya Ayoung Chee as the winner of the popular design competition on Lifetime. The designer hails from Trinidad and Tobago and incorporated her island background in her pieces which are the epitome of island chic!

According to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:

“Trinidadian designer Anya Ayoung Chee has been named the winner of Season Nine of Project Runway! Her final collection was inspired by the sultry and easygoing vibe of the Caribbean that epitomizes the island life’s quintessential, effortless sexy way of dressing.”

As the winner, Anya will get an editorial feature in Marie Claire Magazine’s January 2012 issue, $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to kick start her line, a $50,000 technology suite from HP and Intel to run her business and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on Piperlime.com.

See more of Anya’s work here.

Do you think Anya is the right choice? What do you think of her pieces?

-Kamille Cooper


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  • milaxx

    I liked Anya, but no, I don’t think she deserved her win. There’s no design and barely any sewing. Sadly it’s a lack luster win in a lackluster season. I’ve been watching since season 1 and I kept waiting for the WOW moment I usually get from a Fashion Week collection and NONE of the designers this season gave us that.

    Project Runway has suffered greatly from their move from Bravo and this is just the culmination of that. Anya gives good face and but for me she’ll have as much credibility as a designer as the Kardasian girls do with their clothing line for Sears.

    • Lyaries

      Milaxx I totally agree with you. This season was the worst. I wasn’t impressed with none of the collections. They looked more ready to wear than haute couture.
      Anya was my favorite throughout the season but I don’t think that she deserved to win. In my opinion the second runner up are always better than the winners.
      I hope the all star season will be better.

  • C.

    Ummm…Spoilers much? How about a less spoilery headline? Some people have to wait a day to watch. I’m all for spoliers things that have been out for weeks, but geez. It’s been less than 24 hours.

    • Alex

      lol I was thinking the same thing. I haven’t watched the final episode. But thank you C & C for ruining it for me.

    • Denise

      Umm, it was definitely all over the media, Twitter and Facebook but okay.

  • Cali

    Viktor robbed himself by swapping too many looks for the sheer stuff, but Josh was truly ROBBED! Anya was awesome throughout the competition, but she did NOT put on the best runway show. I think the Lifetime producers insist on a woman winning, & the last minute trip to Mood was to help Anya save herself. This show has become a farce – this isn’t as bad as Gretchen’s undeserved win last year over Mondo, but it’s close.

    • Bronze


      I agree w/all u ladies. Project Runway has gone down the drain since moving to Lifetime. Bravo gave great detail to the clothing. Lifetime barely gives you time to examine the fabric, cut and design. Josh should have won, if not for his God perfect eyebrows alone. He demonstrated the aimes of the show. I don’t know how long Anya’s whimsical inspirations will not withstand the whiles of fashiondom.

  • Irma R. Bowman

    All of the finalists were fabulous. And, yes, I felt that Josh’s collection merited winning for the strongest mark in “all” categories. However, Anya was consistent throughout the competition and her attitude alone was the determining factor. I feel that Josh may have won if his attitude were more professional. In business, leave your emotions at the door when you come to work…I rest my case!

  • I believe they took into account that her vision and expression was something that needed to be exploited, so winning gives her the opportunity to have financial backing, and attachment to the show.

    Of course I was happy for her but there’s definitely some long term thoughts behind giving her the win, which I can understand because her passion is raw and very instinctive and isn’t tainted by labels, status and popular culture but by emotion and intuition . Go girl