We Review Anya

Of course, it’s tricky critiquing the work of someone who’s adored by an entire country.

Anya Ayoung-Chee

Anya Ayoung-Chee

But hey, somebody’s gotta do it.
That isn’t to say her collection was bad. Far from it, actually.
There were some looks that we found quite spectacular:

Yes.

Yes.

Yes!

Yes!

Yes.

Yes.

And there were some looks that fell to ground, some because of design and fit issues:

No.

No.

And others, from a very puzzling tackiness:

Fer sher.

Fer sher.

Some looks were middle of the road, meaning that we wouldn’t have to look too hard to find them in Bang Bang:

Nuh true?

Nuh true? And we know allyuh have them in yuh closet, too!

All jokes aside, however, we found Anya’s collection perfectly wearable, perfectly presentable, and perfectly sellable. And it will sell, because Anya’s a smart businesswoman, with what we think is a genuine love for her country and culture (we’ve never forgotten the way she represented Trinidad on Project Runway and afterwards), and a talent for giving her audience exactly what it wants.

Machel! Clothes what?

Machel! Clothes what?

We tend to prefer more edge (and would love it if Anya found more inspiration in the more subversive aspects of her own personal style), but we do see the majority of women in Trinidad and Tobago (including us, for the dress below especially, despite its similarity to our favourite Reformation dress…) drooling over her offerings. Which is good.

We're willing to forgive.

We’re willing to forgive.

But we’re eager to see what Anya will create if she experimented more, didn’t rely so heavily on prints as opposed to design, created clothes that fit boobs a little better, and paid more attention to creativity, rather than mass appeal.

Because we’re tired of the whole v-neck, printed, floaty silk charmeuse thing. Challenge yourself, Anya—we can guarantee that they’ll still be paying attention.

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