It’s Christian’s turn under the microscope, bitches!
Oh sure, there’s a surfeit of puffiness (as well as pleating and ruffles) here, but much like Laura Bennett and the bogus “plunging neckline” criticism of the judges, it’s not a design element he used nearly as much as is assumed. If anything, he could have just as easily been dubbed “Sir Skinnypants” because he returns to that just as much.
What can we glean from this? Well, despite the fact that it’s not as narrow as previously assumed, he DOES show a fairly narrow range here. As we said, girl really likes his ruffles and pleating. He also likes pairing highly structured, voluminous pieces with body-conscious pieces like tube dresses, pencil skirts and yes, skinny pants. He turns to black WAY too much and when he does use color, it’s always neutral in tone (browns and creams), with the exception of the SJP challenge dress.
Despite these criticisms, we think he’s obviously an extraordinarily talented designer with a ton of potential. Nearly everything he showed during the competition was almost perfectly executed and had some little twist or design element that raised it above the others. Win or lose, the boy has the chops for a tremendous career ahead of him. He just needs to get his current design fixations out of his system.
[Photos: Barbara Nitke/Bravotv.com]