Local designer Anthony Ryan Auld made it through another week on “Project Runway,” surviving what many of the contestants called the toughest challenge of the season so far.
The designers were tasked with making an outfit for judge Nina Garcia, fashion editor of Marie Claire magazine and arguably the toughest critic on the panel.
Auld, a 28-year-old LSU alum, landed in the “safe” zone this week -- not in the top or bottom three. It’s the first episode in which Auld was not named in the top three.
Winner of this week’s challenge was Kimberly Goldson, 35, of White Plains, Md. The gold top and navy pants she designed for Garcia were deemed perfect for meeting the “day-to-evening” challenge. In addition to earning her immunity from elimination next week, the win carried other perks -- Garcia wore Goldson’s design to an industry event and in ads placed atop New York cabs. The ensemble also will be showcased in the pages of Marie Claire.
While Auld was not judged to be in the top three, the episode was not without a little drama on his part. In a first for the design competition, Auld and fellow contestant Becky Ross, 38, of Portland, Ore., selected the same fabric to use.
The episode showed that Auld already had the fabric cut and ready to go when he saw Ross carrying the same bolt.
Auld used the gray fabric with splashes of white in the top of his garment, while Ross employed it at the bottom of her dress design.
Even though their looks were presented back to back on the runway, the judges made little comment on the fabricgate.
Auld also had the “awww” moment of the show when he video chatted with fiance Matthew Day.
“Project Runway” has wrapped up filming and the three finalists -- still unknown -- are now designing their collections to be presented Sept. 9 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. The final episode will air later.
The winner of “Project Runway” gets a $100,000 prize from L’Oreal Paris to start his or her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on piperlime.com