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Project Runway Designers from Season 9

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Anya Ayoung-Chee

  • Hidden Depths: Was Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2008, and launched 2 clothing lines prior to competing.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Again. Beauty Queen.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Although it wasn't intentional on her part, she got a lot of help in the workroom (Laura helped her sewing, Anthony gave her money after she lost hers, etc), and she didn't have to do anything in return. She even denied help to Josh after all this.
  • Nice Girl: She never seemed to be anything but an honestly nice person.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She constantly reminded everyone she just learned to sew four months prior the show. Especially since she had already launched two clothing lines before applying for Project Runway, and almost never mentioned that she does have design degrees from a top school in Trinidad as well as from Parson's (although not in the field of actual garment construction, which means her claims of sewing inexperience are technically true). Even more so now that she won the season, and she admitted that even she was surprised that she made it all the way to the end.
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  • Old Shame: The news about an old sex tape were brought back to light when the announcement of her casting for the show was made.
  • Signature Style: As noted by many of the reviewers, she had a very narrow point of view, since many of her entries were caribbean-style prints and maxidresses. Then again, her style is very distinctive compared to everyone else, which is probably why she was well liked by the judges.
  • Ungrateful Bastard / Hypocrite: Josh pointed out Anya got A LOT of help throught the competition (Laura helped her finishing her jumpsuit and Anthony Ryan lend her money after she lost her own at MOOD), and then she didn't want to lend Josh some extra fabric.


Joshua McKinley

  • Author Appeal: As he says "More is less, but for me More is More", resulting in many of his entries being very colorful and flamboyant.
    • During his audition tape, Seth Aaron did mention his own style for menswear was flamboyant, which maybe would translate well for women fashion.
  • Camp Gay
  • Drama Queen: Overreacts and gets into verbal confrontations at the slightest criticism.
  • Genre Savvy: Ridden the "be a drama-causing Jerkass for ratings" reality TV formula all the way to the top four. Lampshaded by Bert of all people, who responded to a Josh hissy fit with "Go back to central casting!"
  • Hero-Worshipper: From all people, Josh was the one who squeed the most when he found out Wendy was in All-Stars Season 2.
    Josh: (making a toast) From one bitch to another!
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a drama queen towards team challenges, he was very nice and emphatic with his clients for the Real-Women challenges.
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: He was a really bad teammate, constantly throwing tantrums and bickering with the other designers during work.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Josh pointed out Anya got A LOT of help throught the competition (Laura helped her finishing her jumpsuit and Anthony Ryan lend her money after she lost her own at MOOD), and then she didn't want to lend Josh some extra fabric.
  • Mr. Fanservice / Female Gaze: Say whatever about his personality, but he provided the obligatory shirtless morning shots this season.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted in All-Stars Season 2 as he's the fourth to last to be eliminated, failing to reach the finale this time around.
  • Pet the Dog: In All-Stars Season 2 he gets very friendly with his season-mate Anthony Ryan. He also tries to tell Laura Kathleen not to let the others get to her when she expresses frustration at being seen as an outsider.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: His rant during the HP challenge. He WILL. NOT. HAVE IT! BERT!
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He got reamed by the judges for his Epic Fail 1970s outfits, he went on a rant to the other designers that he was suffering unfairly because he hadn't even been alive in the 1970s. (Implying the other designers somehow had it easier.) He went on and on with tension in the room mounting until finally Viktor cut him off, very calmly but bluntly explaining this was a lame excuse because a lot of the other designers were close to Josh in age. When Josh attempted his trademark Wounded Gazelle Gambit by accusing Viktor of being "aggressive," Bert and Kimberly jumped in to cut that off and say that Viktor was right.
  • Smug Snake: During the team challenges, bossed Becky around, head-butted with Bert and made himself team-leader in non-leader team-ups.
  • Sore Loser: Wasvery offended that he lost to Anya in the L'Oreal challenge, mostly because he needed the money more. On the After the Runway special following the episode, he got thoroughly chewed out for acting like he was the only one with money problems. On the next episode he seemed very offended that he'd lost to a "beauty queen" with a tone that made it obvious that he did not think that was a good thing.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He became notably nicer in All-Stars Season 2.

Viktor Luna

Kimberly Goldson

Laura Kathleen

  • Break the Haughty: She was one of the designers who started as the most confident, only to gradually doing average work.
  • Jerkass
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. In All-Stars Season 2 she placed 6th.
  • Rich Bitch: In All-Stars Season 2 became even more pronounced than it was in Season 9. And the other designers resent her not because she comes from such a privileged background while most of them are struggling to get by, but because she can't seem to resist bringing it up in conversation.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seemingly, though it was hard to tell if this was the result of selective editing.
      • Even Josh, from all people, was trying to help her to be less bitchy around the others.

Bert Keeter

  • Cool Old Guy: At the beginning and right after he grew out of his Jerkass phase.
    • Also Heidi was clearly rooting for him during the run of the show.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Bert talks about getting "a job" at Studio 54.
    Laura: Is that where you got your Halston job?
    Bert: No, I got it in a balcony, third row.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He seemed to get along very well with Olivier. When Bert didn't notice Olivier was right next to him, Bert predicted he would be in the Top 3.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Had his moments of both.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted. He's the first middle-aged gay contestant in the show at 57 at that time. Which is why he was among the Top 3 along with Viktor (who did have research experience) and Anya in the 70s inspired challenge because he's the only one who did live during that era.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Arguably occurred once he began to open up to his fellow competitors.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite disastrously antagonistic team challenges with Anthony Ryan and Viktor, he has cited them as good designers who deserved to benefit from their exposure on the show.

Olivier Green

  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • The Eeyore: As highlighted by an exchange with his student partner during the avant-garde challenge.
    Student: What kind of music do you listen to?
    Olivier: Depressing.
  • Fantastic Time Management: Notably averted. Not only his time management was horrible, but he got the trophy of "The Worst Time Management" in the extra episode of the season.
  • Genre Blindness: By nine seasons, Olivier should have known a "Real Women" challenge was bound to happen, which included interactions with clients and measurements bigger than a size 2 model.
  • Gratuitous Italian: When he first met his model Carla, they both started to hit it off by having a conversation in Italian. Immediately lampshaded by Laura:
    Laura: Are you two speaking foreign?
  • Innocent Bigot: Had a bad reputation due to his comments about how his designs should only be worn by thin models and freaking out about making clothes for women with big boobs and big men. He, clearly, didn't seem to realize what was wrong with anything he was saying on camera.
  • Irony: He was eliminated in a menswear challenge, considering his background as such.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He seemed to get along very well with Bert. When Bert didn't notice Olivier was right next to him, Bert predicted he would be in the Top 3.
  • My Nayme Is: Olivier.
  • Signature Style: All of his designs in the competition were muted colors like greys, beige, light blue.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?

Anthony Ryan Auld

  • Disability Superpower: He is colorblind. The judges praised a lot his color taste during the competition.
  • Keet
  • Ill Boy: Prior to the competition, he had (and survived) testicular cancer.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Originally placing 7th, he wins the entire All-Stars Season 2 this time around. Going into fashion week he even expressed nervousness at the fact that he was the only finalist who wasn't in the top 3 in his original season.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Anthony Ryan reportedly put back some of his own fabric at Mood in order to spare Anya $11 when she lost her money. She won the challenge and had her garment sold online; he was eliminated.
  • Two First Names

Bryce Black

Becky Ross

  • Extreme Doormat: To the point she let Josh boss her around and had to redo a skirt three times just to please him.
  • Raised Catholic: Or rather "Raised in a very strict Christian cult", where they didn't let her have an Art oriented carreer.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She is blonde with blue strikes.

Joshua Christensen

Danielle Everine

Cecilia Motwani

Julie Tierney

  • Cool Board: In her audition tape, she makes a skateboard jump.
  • Genki Girl
  • The Pollyanna: Her workroom at home is barely furnished, she needs the prize money and she was still in good mood after being eliminated.

Fallene Wells

Rafael Cox

  • Camp Gay
  • Fatal Flaw: He didn't design with his scarf (the most interesting fabric from his attire, since all his other pieces were plain white and grey) from the beginning, since he didn't want to take it off yet. Why? Because he didn't want to go on camera with Messy Hair.
  • Genre Blindness: Like Kirsten Ehrig from Season 2, he should have known to use his scarf right away, instead of leaving it for last.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: As the first eliminated.

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