Anthony Ryan Auld crowned winner of Project Runway: All Stars
Jan. 17, 2013, 9:20 PM EST
Anthony Ryan Auld has been named the winner of Project Runway: All Stars.
After placing seventh on his first run on the show in season nine, the 29 year
old found redemption as the season two All Stars champion. With only four days
to complete the final challenge, the three finalists, including Auld, Emilio
Sosa, and Uli Herzner, were given the task to create a full mini-collection. But
with the assistance of former competitor Kayne Gillaspie, Auld created a modern
line that wowed the panel of judges, which included host Carolyn Murphy, notable
designer Isaac Mizrahi and Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman. Also joining
the panel as guest judges were actress Liv Tyler and model Margherita Missoni.
Hitting the famed Gotham Hall in New York City, Auld's 'The Thin Line'
collection lit up the runway with his sleek Mondrian-esque pieces that balanced
between light and dark looks. And Auld admitted that in the year since he was
last on Project Runway, he has had plenty of practice, and finally knows who he
is as a designer - something he wasn't sure of when he first appeared on the
show. He expressed his gratitude to the show by saying, "Project Runway: All
Stars has given me a second chance to do what I love. I was faced with a lot of
challenges and it's those crazy-a** times that you really find the best of
yourself. "I came to this not expecting anything out of it except coming back to
design, wanting to show a collection, and now I'm going to be able to do more."
As the winner, Auld received the biggest prize in the show's history: $150,000
in cash, the opportunity to design a custom-branded collection for Nine West, a
sewing and embroidery studio, an all-expenses paid trip to attend fashion weeks
around the world, a technology suite, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine,
and a position with the publication Contributing Editor for one year. Auld was
also named the Fan Favorite designer out of his 12 other competitors, as voted
on by the viewers. Coming in as the runner-up was Emilio Sosa, who also landed
in second during his first stint in season seven, and season three runner-up Uli
Herzner came in third.