Auld wins 'Project Runway' All Stars

EDITOR’S NOTE: More on Anthony Ryan Auld’s “Project Runway All Stars II” journey will be featured in Sunday’s People section of The Advocate.

A crowd of about 500 family and friends erupted into pandemonium Thursday night when Baton Rouge native son Anthony Ryan Auld captured the big prize on “Project Runway All Stars II”.

Auld beat out fellow designers Uli Herzner and Emilio Sosa. His mini collection won rave reviews from judges Georgina Chapman, Isaac Mizrahi and Carolyn Murphy as well as guest judges Marherita Missoni and Liv Tyler. In fact, Mizrahi proclaimed Auld’s opening gown the best he had ever seen come down a “Project Runway” catwalk.

For devoted viewers of the Lifetime TV hit series, Auld’s win probably was not too much of a surprise. He won five of the previous 11 challenges and finished in the top three in all but two of the others.

“My God, I’ve been keeping that in for so long,” said an emotional Auld. “This is like my fricking Oscar speech.”

Auld celebrated the big moment with family and fans at a finale viewing party hosted by Brother International Corp. and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s office at the Capitol Park State Museum.