Um…well, she’s got range, we’ll give her that. And we like quite a few of these pieces. In fact, collectively, we like her work more than the other two designers. But it’s really hard to discern a commonality here. She likes lacey, lingerie-inspired looks and she likes to occasionally play with volume on the upper half (collars, capes, big sweaters). Oh, and sashes. She’s really big on sashes. Like the other two finalists, she’s not all that big on color, returning to browns and neutrals most often. She also has a bit of a retro, late ’70s/early ’80s feel to her work, but that’s trendy right now so we don’t know how much of that is her expression as a designer or just her following a trend.
But mainly, it’s about her range, which is broader than any of the other finalists and which makes her the strongest of the finalists. Gowns, dresses, skirts, jackets, vests, sweaters, pants and blouses rendered in the widest range of materials out of the three; fur, knitwear, lace, silk and brocade. Also of note is that she has the best technical skills of the finalists. Like the other two, her point of view isn’t as strong as it should be, but looking at this collection of looks, we have to say she’s clearly the one to beat at Bryant Park. She may have acted like she farts ice cream throughout the competition, but like her or not, she really is the strongest designer out of all of them.