The Scarlett Letter: F
Poor thing. This challenge was not only not up his alley, it’s pretty much antithetical to his entire aesthetic. Austin doesn’t “do” deconstruction. Austin doesn’t “do” bizarre costume challenges.
Those sleeves are really weird.
What Austin does very well is make beautiful clothing for real-world women. You hand him a challenge that’s purely conceptual and he flounders.
Bottom line: this was absolutely ugly. He tried his damnedest, though. That much is evident.
It looks like he stripped the upholstery off an old couch. Frankly, all his fabric choices were pretty ugly.
We’re assuming the multiple rough hems were his attempt at deconstruction but putting them on such a tailored piece just makes it look unfinished.
It looks well-tailored for the most part. We’ll give him that. Of course that flies in the face of what the whole collection was about, but then again the team leader went even further against the grain than he did. It could just be that Austin was following Kevin’s lead.
Naah. That’s not entirely fair. The fact of the matter is, he was responsible for his own design and on almost every level the design failed. We’ve seen too much of Austin’s work to claim he’s a bad designer. He’s an excellent designer. It’s just that this is something he never would have attempted in the real word because it’s so not him.