The show begins. Austin's contribution is first. It's really interesting. It's the 2055 cocktail dress. He must have found that gold lamé dress he was looking for earlier, because that is the major fabric in his design. It has long sleeves that flare at the forearm but gather at the wrist. It has a high neck as well, which I think shows that Austin is adhering to the concept that Wendy & Co. were "throwing around" -- that the environment will be harsh in 2055, requiring us to protect our skin. Austin interviews that he likes his design because it is futuristic yet still personal. It's kind of like a space age Von Trapp outfit. He even manages to cinch the waist of the dress enough that it pleats just a little in the back, giving it a suggestion of his signature crinolined look. He will not give up on that shit, will he? I do enjoy it, though.
Next is Robert's design. It looks horrible. It appears that he understood "deconstructed" to mean "strip every seam in this Member's Only vest and stick it over Olga's head." Holy Christ, this thing looks ridiculous. Luckily, Olga has a little cap on that gives her an apocalyptic Newsies feel. Not that it ever did Max Casella any good. Seriously, there's nothing good to say about this design. There are a few random patches on the slacks, and a tunic-like top under the destroyed Member's Only vest. It's a disaster. Robert says, "[super high-pitched] Yeah! Mine is not the best, but it's not the worst." This, for Robert, is positive thinking. More power to him. Betsey Johnson looks like she just remembered that she forgot to feed her dog.
Now we have Kevin's service uniform. It's pretty. I'm a little confused, though. I've been hearing discussion of Kevin's design not being deconstructed (and it isn't). It's clean and neat. It's a short dress with long sleeves. The bottom two-thirds of the dress is tan vinyl or similar fabric, and the top is pink quilted satin. I remember Kevin talking about the color scheme of the collection, and Kevin's design is an exact manifestation of the palette upon which they had decided. Maybe it's deconstructed messy -- so it's actually clean. I'm guessing he is thinking that the colors will pull the collection together. Kevin interviews that he likes his design a lot. As well, it represents "the other end of the spectrum" because it isn't deconstructed. That would be the end of the spectrum entitled "Not At All a Logical Part Of the Collection These People Are Creating." It looks a little like Kevin started making this dress and got really excited by it and couldn't force himself to adhere to the collection guidelines. That gives me a little more respect for his creative process, but as Kara Saun reminded us, if Tim Gunn tells you to fix something in the Workshop, you're going to hear about it on the runway. And Kevin has not taken the Gunn's advice.