Designer Auld wins ‘Runway’ top prize

Baton Rouge native son Anthony Ryan Auld captured the big prize on “Project Runway All Stars II” on Thursday night, beating 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’d ever seen come down a “Project Runway” catwalk.

For devoted viewers of the Lifetime TV hit series, Auld’s win probably wasn’t 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.

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