Let’s review, shall we?
Before the drama and the screaming of the finale rivets us to our seats, we thought we’d take a second and look at each member of the final three’s output for the competition.
First up: Wendy.
Looking at it as a whole, there’s not much here that we could call bad. Sure, the first one is awful and there are aspects of almost every piece that we don’t like, but for the most part, her stuff is workman-like. Her failing as a designer is that nothing really stands out as particularly good nor does anything jump out at you as a pure Wendy Pepper design. It’s all kinda bleh.
This looks more like a collection. KS likes her ruffles, plunging necklines and layered hems. Much more developed sense of color, too. She seems to know when to use color to help the design along (1,2,3,8) and when to let the design do all the talking (4,5,6,7). There’s also a nice range of simple classic looks alongside more complicated, structured looks. In short, Kara Saun knows what the hell she’s doing.
His work makes the strongest statement out of the three of them. At first glance, it looks less cohesive than Kara Saun’s but really, that’s only because he’s so creative. There’s still a bit of a through-line for his work. He’s clearly a fan of buckles, belts and straps (as well as frillery and frippery, done Jay-style), but even though he uses more whites and blacks than the other designers, he’s also got a fantastic sense of color and tends toward deconstruction with his work, although he’s more than capable of turning out highly tailored pieces.