Y’know? Seeing it all like this? We’re a little surprised at our reaction. The first word that comes to mind is “strong.” By that we mean her work taken as a whole has been a lot better than we realized. When you spend every week nitpicking the details like we do, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. It’s tough to assign an easily boiled down sound bite to describe her point of view, but she definitely has one and it tends to revolve around modern looks, with more than a little sexy attached to it.
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first: her execution has always been lacking and it’s probably the main reason we failed to realize just how good her designs were. She obviously has an issue with fitting a bust and that was exacerbated by having a model with an unusually large rack (for a model). She also has what we would consider an ill-advised aversion to color. It’s all blacks, grays and neutrals with an occasional pop of blue. Once again, prints are off the table.
But look at the range here. Gowns, dresses, skirts, pants, shorts, jackets, and blouses. That’s commendable. She goes for that high waist a bit and she likes that paper bag waist way more than we do. She made too many tank tops, though. Along with loving a big floppy pair of boobs, she also clearly loves to emphasize the hips quite a bit. You could argue that her clothes aren’t always flattering, but there’s something a little earth mother/fertility goddess about an aesthetic that loves to make a woman as curvey as possible.
All in all, she’s been a much stronger competitor than we gave her credit for.