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Project Runway: Season 7, Episode 10: Hey, that’s my fabric

Anthony Williams at his Atlanta showroom with his Marie Claire cover. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Anthony Williams at his Atlanta showroom with his Marie Claire cover. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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It was only a matter of time.

Atlanta’s delightfully fun Anthony Williams had already been in the bottom three three times so when he landed there again last night for a fourth time, the judges finally gave him the boot.

His problem: not taking enough risks. He didn’t show enough imagination and kept using similar cocktail-dress style silhouettes. And the judges got tired of listening to him making excuses.

The challenge: create a dress out of their very own textile design. Jonathan last night took a bigger risk and failed with his print that Michael Kors dubbed a “dirty tablecloth.” But judges this season seem to prefer high risk over safe.

So Anthony finished a respectable seventh and he actually did win the most prominent challenge: the dress that landed on the cover of Marie Claire.

He was eminently likable. The other contestants generally found his perpetual workroom patter amusing, not annoying. “Project” gave a sampling of his ramblings last night. “I don’t even think he tries to be funny,” Jay said. “I love that about him.”

Anthony agreed: “Even when I’m being somber, people laugh at me for some reason.”

Mila, of all people, questioned Anthony’s taste during last night’s show: “I can’t imagine him making a collection for Bryant Park.”

Early on in the episode, Anthony acknowledged his underdog status: “I am closer to Bryant Park than anybody expected in this competition. I just have to keep my eye on the prize.”

Who will be in the final four? Among the final six, it looks fairly obvious that Seth Aaron, Jay, Emilio and Maya will make it there, with Mila and Jonathan on borrowed time. Emilio and Jay have won three competitions each.

Below, Anthony poses with his sewing machine he dubs “Bertha.”

anthony-bertha

And here is a video of my visit last Friday to his showroom. This is part one of the tour.

22 comments Add your comment

Tim Gunn Fan

March 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Anthony isn’t in the top tier this season, but last night Mila should’ve been auff’d. Her dress was ugly, boring, and unwearable (Brandise couldn’t even walk in it).

Cyndi Free

March 26th, 2010
11:27 am

I agree with you 100% Tim Gunn Fan. I think Anthony should have had one more challenge before he got the boot after seeing Mila’s mess. When it comes to color she lacks any type for fashion sense. I liked Emilo’s final product but I truely hated the fabric. I didn’t get it, even when he explained it I didn’t see it. I will be glad when he is booted.

Cyndi Free

March 26th, 2010
11:29 am

Sorry for the double post but I couldn’t edit after I saw my typo, :-(
I agree with you 100% Tim Gunn Fan. I think Anthony should have had one more challenge before he got the boot after seeing Mila’s mess. When it comes to color she lacks any type of fashion sense. I liked Emilo’s final product but I truely hated the fabric. I didn’t get it, even when he explained it I didn’t see it. I will be glad when he is booted.

Trish

March 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

I couldn’t believe when Mila got a pass. Her dress looked like something I would have done in Home Economics back in the day!

tle

March 26th, 2010
12:15 pm

I think Jonathan should have gone last night, and expect him to be next.

I’ve been wondering about Maya since she didn’t show up at Bryant Park, and looking for some clue as to what happened to her. Viewing next week’s teaser, I think we are going to find out at last. Hope she just walked out (or even got thrown off for some rules violation), and that nothing bad happened to her. It’s a shame, because I really think she belongs in the top three at the end, along with Seth Aaron and (I know this will not be popular) Mila.

David

March 26th, 2010
12:18 pm

I wish great success for Anthony. He has wonderful talent and I’m sure we’ll see plenty more of him in the future. You’re fantastic Anthony! Keep it up!

PS…You were booted waaaay too soon.

Cheers!

Anne

March 26th, 2010
12:31 pm

I agree, that horrible dress should have been her swan song. I didn’t find Anthony’s as bad as her half striped, half plain mess. If the model can’t walk in it, the designer should be booted. I can not believe Seth Aaron hasn’t won 3 times yet. He has a whole new look when it comes to fashion and what he can do with the ideas they give him.
. I didn’t understand the initals pattern of Emilo’s either but…I must say, he certainly “made it work”.
I hope it isn’t Seth Aaron. The way they reacted it left one wondering.

Danny

March 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

I think his dress was ok. I agree that the dirty table cloth was weird! But Mila really shoulda gotten the boot!! her dress was tacky, hideous, and unwearable. It literally looked like someone took crayola markers to the back of it. I really loved Emilo’s and I’m glad he didn’t listen to Tim. At first when Tim came in and said what he said about his dress I thought he isnt seeing what I am seeing then the judges had their comments and I WAS so happy.. I really wanted Anthony to be around longer :(

Katherine

March 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

YET AGAIN AJC.COM GIVES AWAY THE ENDING TO A SHOW ON THE HOMEPAGE. HASN’T THIS ISSUE BEEN BROUGHT UP ENOUGH TIMES ALREADY?

Babs

March 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

Mila’s dress was awful and unimaginative. Anthony has the personality and passion to be a great designer. I liked the dress and the pattern on his fabric. Of course I am not a fashion expert but I know what I like.

Annie

March 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

I was sorry Anthony got booted, he is so fun to watch – I’ll miss him a lot. How he left before Mila is beyond me, I don’t even sew and I could do better than that mess she made last night.

Robin

March 26th, 2010
1:28 pm

Anthony has a GREAT personality and fashion sense. He was much of the reason I even watch the show. He got the boot waaayyy to soon. Mila should have been the one to go.

Duh

March 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

YET AGAIN AJC.COM GIVES AWAY THE ENDING TO A SHOW ON THE HOMEPAGE. HASN’T THIS ISSUE BEEN BROUGHT UP ENOUGH TIMES ALREADY?

Obviously not, since they keep right on doing it.

just a fan

March 26th, 2010
1:36 pm

Mila possibly sews better than all the designers, but she lacks vision…as did Anthony. I would love for Anthony to get his own comedic show. My money is on Seth Aaron!

Eric

March 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

Anthony should not have been booted off yet, but Mila should have. That dress was so ugly! Hats off to Anthony!

kanye shrug

March 26th, 2010
2:02 pm

Anthony was FUNNY!! I was hoping the AJC would have posted some of his infamous comments like they did last week. I was sad to see him go, but I knew his time was coming. He does tend to lack a little vision but so does Mila. When comparing their two dresses from last night, I def would have picked Anthony over hers…what was that awful striped pattern!?!? I think Johnathan’s taste is questionable. Seth A can sew his butt off and is a bit avante gard which i know the fashion word likes, but i just find it a bit weird…anywho, it will be interesting to see who makes it to BP..my guess, Emilo, Seth A, and Maya…i must say of all the prints, i liked hers the best!
Til next week

RLM

March 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

Mila’a dress was a cross between a beach towel and a sail on a sail boat. not really a print. Emilio was lucky he dress was pretty nothing. Tim was right. Maya is doing a great job but for some reason they don’t like her. Seth Aaron’s clothes are now predictable and I really can’t see people other than motorcycle riders wearing them.

CHILES66

March 27th, 2010
11:20 am

ANTHONY IS A GREAT DESIGNER HE IS THE REASON I WATCHED THE SHOW,BESIDES I KNEW THAT IVE NEVER SEEN AN AFRO-AMERICAN WIN WONDER WHY,NOTHING PERSONAL

[...] week, I posted part one of my showroom visit with Anthony last month. This is part [...]

TRACI404

April 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

LOVE HIM! he has a personality that is made for TV.

Bravo – Lifetime – NBC – FOX — somebody—-get this guy a television show.
He is sooooooooo charismatic….

He is REAL and honest —- in a time where people are soooo phony…

LOVE YA ANTHONY —- thanks for the interview RODNEY!

Helen

April 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this designer. He is so entertaining.
Ever since the very first episode of project runway he has been my FAVORITE. I would love to have seen him win. His positive attitude is infectious and he is always saying the funniest things. I hope only good things happen to Anthony going forward. He’s a really special person. I wish him the very best. I would love to wear something designed by him.

Sarah

April 10th, 2010
11:40 pm

I am in love with Anthony- His personality and his style! I wish he had a clothing line, because that would be all I would wear!! Although he did make a small mistake with the consistency of his clothes, he did really well in all of the challenges and won the biggest and most important ones- the Marie Claire cover and a well known celebrity decided to wear his dress; accomplishments to be proud of!
Anthony, you are an AWESOME designer!! I hope to see more of your work!!