Wow! Aren't we all proud of "our" designers? What a great show. And all four have such different, unique and surprising looks! Without any hesitation I'm going to say that I like SANTINO's collection the best. In a way I hope that he is the decoy collection because he'll do just fine as an independent designer. I can't imagine him wanting, needing, of accepting any help from Banana Republic or anyone else. Congratulations, Santino on a gorgeous collection.
An aside here: Isn't this the model who tripped on Kara Saun's too-long hem last year?
What is her name?
Next - how about KARA?!?! What a surprise! Of all the collections, hers is the one that I can actually picture my daughter (age 20, dancer in NYC) wearing. This collection is young and hip and okay URBAN even though I think that adjective has been way overused. Yes, I can see that the hats remind us of Jay McCarroll. And the tiered dress a little. But look at the rest - nothing like Jay or anyone else. Look at those colors! And that fabric. I love the way this looks like a real collection with elements that cross over from one design to the next and yet every single outfit is fresh and unique. If I were a magazine editor I would put this dress on the cover: What a beauty!
How is it that a man as young as Daniel Vosovic has the maturity to create a collection that could easily be compared to Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren? I love this white coat. Look at the collar. At first glance, Daniel's collection might seem safe or unexciting, but look more closely. I think the judges might see some real invention here and genuine class. Congratulations, Daniel.
Chloe's collection was the biggest surprise to me. Some of the pieces seem retro 80's and I'm not sure if that was what she was going for. I'm not crazy about the shiny fabrics (the mauve and the gold). IMHO her prints aren't very youthful either. So, no matter how skillful or interesting a particular design is - this can not overcome it's execution in a less-than-ideal fabric. Throughout the season Chloe has shown elegance, restraint and good taste. She obviously has great skill and experience. I don't know what she was striving for here - It just doesn't seem like Chloe. I'll be anxious to see this collection in motion because I'm sure I am missing something. Of course I LOVE Grace!
ETA: Many many people have Chloe to WIN this. Others have Daniel. So, I have to give the producers credit for keeping things lively!
These are just my initial impressions. I'm sure I'll feel differently after seeing the show. Can't wait for that!