Bravotv.com: After seeing how your collection came out, would you change anything?
Oh, of course. I am my own worst critic and I definitely would change many things. I think that's what keeps me moving forward to improve my collections every season. I like the idea that you evolve as a designer. I think it is the same for any fine artist as well; your style grows and changes as you learn, and you learn for the rest of your life.
Bravotv.com: How hard was it to keep your win a secret?
Thankfully I only had to wait a week until everyone found out. I enjoy the suspense honestly.
Bravotv.com: What do you think your students will say?
I have received e-mails from some of them and they are very excited. I just know that as much as I can teach them, I still have a lot to learn and achieve and it's fun that they get to be a part of that. I can't sit on my high horse at all with them; they are very cool, much cooler than me. I think also because they know that I struggle too, it becomes more of a reality for them how much you have to work at and love what you do.
Bravotv.com: What’s next for you?
Obviously I am going to put the money into my business, but how is something I still have to figure out. I want to make the clothes available and priced reasonably so that is something that will happen very soon. Stay tuned to annamccraney.com
Bravotv.com: What’s the most important thing you learned about yourself and/or your profession from the show?
Humility. A little goes a long way. I also really realized that designing is truly what I should be doing. After many stumbling blocks I have kept at it and it has
OMG Anna, I was sooooo glad you won!!! I can't recall all the times I texted your name into my phone!!!! YAYYYY i felt bad for James Paul though, you could tell he really worked hard through the whole competition. I also saw how Angel and Merlin didn't go over to congragulate Anna when all the confetti came down.... HMMMMMMMMMM jealousy much?
Congratulations Anna! You deserved the win!
I'm excited for your looks to go on sale! But how can I purchase your floral print evening dress with the swarovski crystals? I have an event to go to, and it's the perfect end of summer NYC look! Thanks!
I very happy that Anna won. I thought her collection was the best, and definitely the most wearable. I am however, upset that the collection items on sale. I am completely in love with the floral and butterfly printed dress that tied at the neck, and was hoping to buy it online. No such luck! I am so sad. There's nothing online from the collection that I could buy and would actually look good on me. So distressed!
I am sorry to say that I think that both Daniella and Anna's collections, although nice collections, were very boring. I have seen their looks a thousand times over. But, I guess that is what America wants. THe same ol' same ol. James Paul you ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeaaayy Anna! I'm so happy for you! I really loved your collection (along with most of your designs throughout the show). You definitely design for people (not sticks, proms, or Broadway), and I really appreciate that. Keep up the good work! Congratulations!! :)
Congratulations, Anna!! I was extremely impressed by your designs! But, I was also impressed by the way you handled yourself on the show! You deserve the win!!
Wishing you much Success!!
Well done Anna Well done I loved your final collection and voted for you. Also want to give a shout out to James-Paul for dancing to his own drum in creating his designs. All the best Anna and looking forward to seeing your clothing in stores. Again well done Anna.
I am so happy Anna won. She understands all types of women. The only thing that Anna did that disappointed me was when she on purpose assigned Reco a designer that he did not know. She wanted him to fail. I did not see that coming. She really surprise me. That to me was shocking. I am glad Anna won. I like her style especially her jackets. I really wish her all the best.
I'm so happy you won! I grew up in LA, but now home is where the Army sends me and my family. So, now, home is in a one street lighted town where the best thing going for me is Walmart. There are so many pieces from your collection that screams out to me and I LOVE that all of your pieces truly are ready-to-wear. I did like Daniella's collection, but for a real women with a real body, it just didn't seem to fit. I certainly couldn't wear 90% of her collection but could wear 100% of yours - and that's what I love. All of the pieces you've made throughout the show were pieces I wished I could purchase and hope someday I will be able to. Best wishes to you in the rest of your fashion journey and hope to be able to purchase more of your pieces in the future.
I am glad Anna won i would have voted for her more if i could have I love her clothing i just wish that they were in my size oh well i hope she goes far with the clothes
anna, you have a natural beauty that mirriors your clothing.. your beauty, i am certain is beyond yourself and your clothing. it is who you are. the work you have done and the exceptional quality in your work is a reflection of you as a person. i see a great natural quality in every part of you. you are true, you have strong character. your greatest strength is who you are as a person, your amazing clothing is simply a reflection. i love your clothes. you are beautiful as are they, as one.
I was so happy you won. Your collection was absolutely the best. I feel it was the only one that had wearable clothes. I was actually praying for you to win so I could buy the elephant print dress which I thought was literally the most amazing dress I've ever seen! I was so upset when I saw Bravo wasn't selling it. I wish you the best. You are a wonderful designer and lovely person.
While the finale part 2 was a bit underwhelming and anticlimatic, I am happy that Anna won. Knowing that America picked the designer, I knew she would win because her clothes are the most appealing (and beautiful) to real people vs. models. As for innovation I think James Paul was it. I liked Daniela's challenge outfits more than her final collection but she does have her finger on the pulse of what's going on right now, she just needs to make it more transferable. I want to buy the cups dress but sadly, my size appears to be unavailable (1 size smaller, a 12 might be the way to go if I lose weight--lol), but I really liked the original color scheme with the red and the blue doesn't pop as well. J'adored her blue top and pleated skirt combo--please sell that outfit at some point--as a professional woman, it would look perfect at my office. Bonne chance and congrats Anna.
I'm so glad that Anna won! I voted so many times for her! Congrats girl!! Every single piece in the collection is totally wearable and I plan to purchase it all!
Congratulations.. You deserved to win.. You are the Whole Package when it came to what this show was about. You listened, learned, and continued to evolve and grow in your talent each week. Your technical skills/sewing/impeccable attention to detail were unsurpassed by anyone else in the competition.. Add to that, you remained focused and stayed out of the "drama" and were not negative to your colleagues, which makes you one who many will want to work with, buy from, and listen to in your future endeavors with your business, teaching, and colleagues.. You gain respect that way. Too many of the other contestants were too self-centered/too self-assured/cocky and did not focus on the big picture, just their own little world.. hopefully, They will learn to listen/take some constructive criticism and get a little humility that no one is perfect .. nor needs to scream about how great they are and criticize others.. They were just annoying, cocky, and opened themselves up to question and criticism by others.. Confidence and "cockiness" are two different animals. Best wishes to you..
Congrads Anna! I must say I was not a huge fan at first, but as the show progressed, You progressed. At the final show I was sad that Reco was not in the top 3 then I thought to myself out of the 3 left you definetly would be the person I would pick. I loved your collection filled with color. I enjoyed that you had models of all shapes and sizes and all the clothing on them looked great. I have spoken to many friends (of many shapes) about your collection and we all would wear your designs. I cannot wait to see you your clothing in stores. Maybe you can do like other designers have, and do a many collection for stores like Kohl's and Target. Just a thought.
I wish you well :-)
You Judges know that ya'll robbed Rico. Yes,with the last collection I would have voted for Anna, because I thought her collection was more stylish even though the colors weren't cohesive it was beautiful. But ya'll know that ya'll robbed Rico not letting him be in the bottom 3.
Ahhh! Anna. Great, beautiful work!!! So wearable. I wish I could buy your entire collection! And, by the way I disagree with what Christen (? girl with pink hair ?) said. I'm about to turn nineteen and I would wear every piece you made. Great job!!!!
p.s. You should probably definitely sell your cardigan you paired with the pink pleated dress. I'm going to be a poor art student soon and I would splurge for a piece like that.
YAY!!!!! Anna, you are the best! Love everything you made (although I do wonder what that pink & black "cups" dress would look like after you sat down once) and can see myself buying, wearing and looking fabulous in them. Good luck!
YEEEEEEEEEE she is the best i love how she creat the look for every woman, im very happy for you. Lovely collection you are creative and you have more passion than the others for colors, i love colors most of the other collections for Damielle and Jean Paul are dark, boring, you are rock Girl. congratulations>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I was cheering at the top of my lungs when I found out Anna won. Everything she made from the start of the show to the end is something I would defnietly wear. She was true to herself the entire show and her end collection was some of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen! I LOVE YOU ANNA!
I'm happy for Anna that she won but I also hope she takes it with a grain of salt. She won the "popularity contest" part of the show but it was Daniella who won the vote of the judges. I believe the latter is of substantially more importance to their future dealings within the profession.
But again, I liked Anna and wish her well. Oh, and Anna? You should smile more. It was amazing how that bright smile of yours transformed you into a woman 10 years younger!!
I tried to vote for you but the line stayed busy. I am glad you won! Now, its time to buy that strip dress number, that is going to compliment my curves to the T. Congrats!
Dear Anna, I waited on "pins and needles" all week, awaiting news of the winner. You are a gracious lady and your clothing is lovely. I am so happy for you. Good luck to you from, a fan,
Anna.. To be honest I didn't think you would win but, congratulations to you. I love your designs and everything you do. But, I have to admit that I wanted Daniella to win. Well, you desrve what you got. Congrats again.
Ana, you were my girl, all the way! Even my fashion-challenged hubby was rooting for you too!I'm so happy you won! You really, really deserved it! And you're game-plan totally worked because as they say slow and steady wins the race. By staying in the background, keeping as much good relations with your competitors while ensuring your ideas were executed as excellently as you did, you pretty much (quietly) nabbed that top prize! Loved ALL your stuff especially the jacket you made for the challenge with Haven, the Coco-inspired dress and every single piece in your final collection! Loved! Loved! Loved it! So, where and when do we get to buy and wear every single piece you made????? Congratulations!
I liked Anna's clothes right from the start--the style and the colors--and I voted for her. My sister also liked Anna's designs also but didn't get a chance to vote. Daniella's clothes were sophisticated but I hated the grays and blacks, the brown, the navy blue with black, and the eggplant with black. Some of Reco's designs were quite good, but why a wedding gown that the poor model couldn't even walk in? One of his gowns was nicely stitched but very short; only someone really thin could wear it without looking dumpy.
I was very disappointed with the two final episodes of this show. I think Rico should have been included in the voting and I didn't really enjoy the finale - the question/answer sessions were kind of harsh and not fun. There was no joy at all.
Regarding the whole season, you need better lighting, better set design (deciding outcomes in a closet?) and much, much more joy.
Anna, I am a total Project Runway fanatic.... and to be honest, I really wasn't into this particular fashion show, forgive the pun. However, I stay tuned to view the finale- I MUST tell you I was blown away by your ferocious collection. ( And, I do live in NYC, not middle America ). I believe you displayed an amazing palate for structure and color, and disagree with the judges feeling it was somehow disconnected. Everything you sent down the runway blew me away. POP,POP,POP,POP.... thank you for believing in your dream and keeping the fire alive in yourself and in your work. I believe Anna. Godspeed, and keep moving forward. Thank you for staying true to the work- 20 dollars or 20 million, just for the love of doing it. Many Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would love to buy Anna's elephant print dress, it's wonderful. Will it be avaiable soon? I'm so glad she won, her clothes are pretty and stylish, I look forward to seeing her career progress.
Finally, a winner who designs clothes that make women look beautiful, not like space aliens! I also enjoyed your sense of "fun" in your designs. Congrats!!!!
Hello from Thomasville, Ga. I am soooo happy that lovely Anna won the fashion show, she was my favorite all along. My daughters name is Anna also, so it is that much sweeter. Your collection was wonderful and although I am 63 I would wear all of it. Way to go girl, best of luck in your future, you so deserved to win!!!!! Sincerely, Pam Turner
My favorite designer was Reco. Had the judges not robbed him I would have voted for him. Since I couldn't vote for him I voted for Anna. Many of her pieces were very nice.
I was rooting for Anna all the way!
So glad that you won girl, I hope Bravo posts your stuff for us to buy soon.
Anna.....I LOVE your collection. PLEASE make the Rainbow Knit Dress in plus sizes. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
I loved Anna's designs and look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
I did not enjoy the critical nature of this show and sometimes it felt harsh. I realize that is the nature of reality TV, but after I saw the designs, I'd turn it off because I didn't want to feel down after hearing all the criticism from people who sometimes didn't measure up to the group they were judging.
i think reco should of won this show, he was the most talented of all these designers and i was blown away with his collection. even though reco did not win, i'm glad that anna won .. i liked her clothes much more than the other 2 designers and i hope everything works out great for her !
The way Anna dressed hereself was telling.....it was a mess; while Daniella dressed well and had the most wearable collection of all of the contestants......can't imagine who your voters are as shoppers
Hi Anna, I am Daniele. I felt connected to your earthy style from very early on. So connected I thought it was ironic that your competitor was called Daniela. I felt as you rose towards the end alongside Daniela ever so more and more connected your style and delightful designs. My mom used to teach pattern making at FIT and graduated from Parsons school of design in fusibles>> she says she used to run into Isaac in the halls from time to time..& so these tv shows Project runway and Fashion Show, come very close to my heart.. and your style sense and spirit speak very much to my design sense. Everyone always comments how I dress and it's because it's comfortable. every time I see you I see you with a heart like mine. I am congratulatory and non biased in saying.. I am as happy as you are for you & for your career. Congratualtions, there ought to be no question in your mind that you earned your place in this competition. I hope that makes it clear. your friend in Asheville and Cape Cod. Daniele.
It was difficult to rationalize why, after the collections were shown, one of the designers was eliminated. Ricco earned the right to stand with his peers as well, your viewing audience should have had the opportunity to vote for their choice of the final four. I am left to wonder if the decision was a calculated one as it was clear your audience admired this man's work.
I see great vision & talent in all featured (cast) designers. Please keep us informed as to their careers.
Anna, please know how much your work is admired. Don't forget, the average american woman is a size 14.
Yes, Anna, your outfits were for "real" women. I agree with the viewer requesting them in larger sizes. While the other designers' clothes were beautiful, very few of them would translate well into anything above a size 2 (even Daniela all but admitted that when talking about her size preferences). Please don't forget that many of us out there are larger (remember that about 60% of the US population is a size 14 or over) and we would like to dress more stylishly, but the clothing simply isn't available. Mumus don't look good on anyone but young Hawaiian women.....
Anna -- I'm so happy you won! I love your designs and I can't wait to buy the evening gown and rainbow dress. Congrats, you are awesome and can't wait to find your designs in stores!!
Congratulations Anna! Your designs were my favorite from the beginning. You seemed to have REAL women in mind with your designs. Thank you for that!
ANNA WON,ANNA WON!!!!!I am so happy you won. Your collection was to die for. I want the striped dress tht reminded me kind of, of the 70's. It is the most beautiful piece I have ever seen. It would suit my style so much. You Rock, nd I hope you make many mny more collections. Take Care Miss Anna!!!!