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Project Runway: All Stars winner Anthony Ryan is defending Joshua

Anthony Ryan Auld was named the winner of the second “All Stars” edition of “Project Runway” on Thursday evening. Seventh place in season 9 beat Uli Herzner (season 3), who was third behind Emilio Sosa (season 7).

While the judges raved about Uli's “Mystical Winter” exercises and praised Emilio's “Urban Plantation” for its bold political statement (all of his models were African American), they were most impressed by Anthony Ryan's fascinating graphic designs. It was a formidable performance for all three finalists, who only had four days and $ 3,000 to complete their mini-collections.

They had help, however: each finalist was asked to select an eliminated designer to ease their workload. The biggest shocker of the finals came from the last fallen Joshua McKinley, who didn't want to help his beast when Anthony Ryan picked him first.

Sour Grapes? No chance, Anthony told the clicker on Friday morning. “He was tired and I didn't blame him,” said the new champion. “Basically, the challenges are back to back too. We had just been (spent less than 48 hours) in Paris, slept on the plane, changed outfits and went straight to the work room. "

And before the start in the early morning Joshua was on the road until 1 a.m. in a spontaneous extra challenge against Uli. "He's a good friend, but he couldn't have given 100 percent," said Anthony Ryan, who chose Kayne instead.

The other surprise of the night was Anthony Ryan's comment that if he didn't win, he would be forced to give up his career in design. “I applied for everything,” he said of his struggle for work in the industry. He writes the challenge to Louisiana State University instead of art schools like Parsons or the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. "I haven't heard anything in a year and it was a huge burden financially."

As incredible as it sounds, Anthony Ryan insists he's "ready to get back into retail and get a big boy job".

Instead, he now has a “big boy job” - fashionable. In addition to the cash prize, his winnings also include a one-year contributing editorial position in Marie Claire magazine, in which his designs will also be featured. (He also sewed a sewing and embroidery studio, technology suite, and travel paid for all expenses to attend fashion weeks in cities around the world.)

And Baton Rouge’s hometown hero will apply his business background to his design career. "I want to make the smartest financial decision and do a lot of manufacturing research ... there are a lot of things I don't know."

But he's learned a lot about himself this season.

“I got into the game and didn't know what I was going to do in season 9 (and some of my designs) didn't work aesthetically. This time around, I came with an open mind (and really found) more of myself as a designer. ... You saw me unfold within the series. "

Anthony Ryan compares his experiences with the judges: “I think all-stars are most focused on design. This is TV, but I think the original Project Runway is a little more story based with more emphasis on drama. "

He is thrilled to avoid the drama of the all-team upcoming season of "Runway," which premieres on January 24th.

"I would have absolutely lost my s -" he said if he had been thrown into the team output. "WTF?" But he admitted, "I'm a little excited to watch," and admire that whoever came up with the concept is "a creative genius."

When asked to evaluate potential partners, Anthony Ryan said, “The worst would be Ivy, by far. The best would be Joshua. "

As for his designs this season, Anthony Ryan, who was also voted Fan Favorite, thinks his best creation for the USA Today Challenge is the best.

“I was really proud of this dress,” he said of the sleek, blue, white and black design that is reminiscent of Narciso Rodriguez.

This dress, inspired by a photo submitted by fans, was again the inspiration for his final collection.

"It was a turning point for me."

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