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Exit interview with ‘Project Runway’s’ Anthony Williams

This was the only dress he had out in his showroom when I visited. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

This was the only dress he had out in his showroom when I visited. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Anthony Williams left in last week’s “Project Runway” episode with grace and a smile on his face. Was he covering up the pain inside after finishing seventh?

No. “I couldn’t mask how I was feeling,” he said. “That’s how I felt.”

“If I had left the show with my car repossessed and no place to live, then maybe I would have had a breakdown,” he said. “But I’m good. I’m very happy. Part of me was relieved. I’m the person who started in the bottom three and I ended up in the top seven. I have a lot to be proud of.”

He enjoyed the attention, how his quips and commentary became a centerpiece of the show each week.

Indeed, the show, which returns tonight sans Anthony, won’t be nearly as amusing. I asked him his take on the six remaining contestants:

Emilio: He’s an awesome designer. Television has edited him to make him look like the Kanye West of fashion. He’s mean to the little white girls. He’s really a kind person.

Mila: She’s an interesting designer. They’ve been buying everything she’s been selling. She has a bad attitude and a horrible personality. For you to get on a national television show with 16 people who tried out and for you to look around and say you don’t see anyone who is competent, I think you have to have balls as big as China!

Maya: I think she’s amazing. I’m glad I had an opportunity to work with her. I think she’s just so talented. She’s very innovative and very creative.

Jonathan: I love his passion and level of education about his craft. He has some real talent and a great future ahead of him.

Seth Aaron: He’s very talented but it’s like watching Jeffrey [Sebelia, winner of "Project Runway" season three]. I don’t think he were to win, America would be amazed or would even care.

Jay: Jay does amazing work. He’s an individual. He has just as good a shot as anybody else [to win.]

He thinks the judges like Emilio the most at this point.

Why his relationship with Jay worked so well: “We were very opposite. I’m very southern. My manners were different. I don’t try to change him. He doesn’t try to change me. But we did respond to the same things. We like things that look expensive. He works for the Gap. I used to work for the Gap. We have a lot of things in common. We just look at it differently.”

His favorite judge: Nina Garcia of Marie Claire. He got to meet her last Friday at Marie Claire’s offices in New York City. “She likes me as much as I like her,” he said.

He said he’s gotten numerous calls to host parties and such around the country and he plans to take advantage of that.

Last week, I posted part one of my showroom visit with Anthony last month. This is part two:

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16 comments Add your comment

TRACI404

April 1st, 2010
1:56 pm

Good…no, no…GREAT JOB RODNEY ! I love your interview and your camera work.

Anthony is somebody special — I love this guy. I wish him oodles of success – his charm and personality are so vibrant — it jumps off the screen! Good Luck Anthony!

Gloria

April 1st, 2010
4:47 pm

Great interview and story. I really liked this guy on Project Runway. I was hoping he win the whole thing!! He is going to have a fantastic future.

Lisa

April 1st, 2010
4:58 pm

Anthony is the only designer who made anything a normal woman could wear. He also had the best personality and the most wit of any of the designers. I probably won’t watch the rest of the season without him.

Lance

April 1st, 2010
5:08 pm

He’s not revolutionary, but he can turn out some interesting clothes, at least from the small glimpse we saw of him on PR. His collection shown during Bryant Park was easily one of the three or four best and most polished and wearable from the photos I saw. And to be a genuinely nice person and portrayed as such on PR is definitely a feat. Here’s to long career in fashion, but if you show up on “The Browns” I’ll smack you. :)

Annie

April 1st, 2010
6:04 pm

The dress in his showroom picture above is gorgeous! Anthony was one of the reasons I watched this year and I’ll miss him this week. Love his take on Mila, just what I suspected, LOL! I wish him all the best in the future.

Sol Eisler

April 1st, 2010
7:13 pm

I definitely have lost interest in the show without Anthony! Best wishes Anthony!!!

Lance

April 1st, 2010
10:57 pm

Huh? Where did my comment just go? Anyhoot! Anthony, congrats! I see top four for sure and hopefully top three based on the bp photos!

Lance

April 1st, 2010
10:58 pm

Oh yeah, I said congrats Anthony, you sneaky b@st@rd!. :) I hope Maya makes it!

Dale Swain

April 2nd, 2010
12:03 am

I love nthony and wish him the best, i’m sure we will hear from him in the future. Emilio and Seth Aaron are amazing, Mila is a royal bitch who would do well working for Sears since she color blocks everything, she’d be great at matching kids clothes, not that she’s not talented, but who wants to work with her. Jay and Jonathan are also great talents. Bryant Park- Emilio, Seth Aaron and Jay.

Courtney

April 2nd, 2010
12:44 am

I love, love, looove Anthony!!
Last week I was so upset that he was taken off the show D: , but they brought him back this week and won the challenge with Emilio!! Made my night :) )) <3

connie

April 3rd, 2010
5:54 am

I loved Anthony on Project Runway and I will not be watching remaining episodes as a tribute to Anthony.
Good Luck with your future endeavors

Cece

April 3rd, 2010
9:00 pm

Anthony’s return made my week! Now I have reason to watch next week’s episode. I hope he makes it to the top 3; he is such a nice and humble person. Great personality.

Raz

April 4th, 2010
3:11 am

Hi To Anthony,

I was upset, but something in me knew that they were going to do that when I saw his dress and I said to myself,”come on Anthony, that is not your style, but I love the way he puts so much care in his work and what he spoke of in respect of women. I was upset that they said, “Anthony you’re out.” I went ballistic and called on the Lord right then to make them bring him BACK! When I looked and saw him, I was so happy…Also, I’m from Macon, Georgia…born and raised so Anthony your Homey is in your corner and praying as I do believe in the power of prayer.

COME TO LOS ANGELES Anthony and let me know when you’re coming.

PLEASE!

Raz

April 4th, 2010
3:13 am

ANTHONY! I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK! COME TO LOS ANGELES and let me know.

Mimi

April 9th, 2010
11:22 am

Anthony is the only reason that I started watching PR. I love his spirit and his positive energy. The black/white dress that he designed was so elegant and the model that he’s working with now-I love her too! Congrats to you and continued success.

crystal robinson

April 9th, 2010
8:09 pm

The best part of project runway was watching anthony work and his way with words during the show and just his spirt is wonderful. Listen I liked allof his designs and I think that the judges were being really picky but that is life. Anthony will do great things in the future. Congats to you for being you.