Anthony Capon wins Project Runway Australia

Anthony Capon, 25-year-old fashion designer, has won the 2009 title in Project Runway Australia.

In a three-way battle with 40-year-old William Lazootin and 24-year-old Lauren Vieyra, both from Sydney, it was Capon's unique and consistent aesthetic that won over the five judges.

Capon presented a distinctive black collection, inspired by a single black rose, that was theatrical and bold. With a flora theme running throughout his designs, some models even wore gardening accessories, matched only by Capon's bold idea to turn a watering can into a unique headpiece.

"I am so excited to have won," he said. "When I auditioned for the show I had no idea that I could possibly win. My designs aren't so commercial and I was really nervous as to how the judges would react. Regardless, I was determined to stay true to my own aesthetic."

In winning the second series of the Arena reality show he receives a $100,000 opportunity to design and showcase his own collection at the 2010 Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, a Holden Cruze and a six-page fashion spread in Madison magazine. Not a bad leg up for somebody just emerging into the industry.

"To be able to show a full collection on an international stage at next year's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is amazing and I promise you -- it will be 'fabulous'."

William Lazootin was runner up with his colourful collection inspired by a visit to South America and Lauren Vieyra was third.

All the designers were strong in their concept and execution giving judges a hard time to choose a winner. At the invite-only finale last month, guests were divided over who would win. Arena carefully kept them guessing by shooting a closed-set announcement of the winner.

Australian Fashion Week founder Simon Lock said: "Anthony was a clear winner. From the very beginning it was evident that he had an incredible eye for detail and a vision that really separated him from the rest. He wasn't scared to take risks and he believed in his designs and himself 100 per cent. His sense of creativity is something you can only marvel at and we look forward to working closely with him for Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2010 -- his show will be one to watch.'"

The series, hosted by Kristy Hinze, with mentor Henry Roth and judges Jayson Brunsdon and Sarah Gale is Arena's most popular local franchise.

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