Old trends create new trends in a perpetual cycle. It's stated that in fashion, everything has been done or conceived of already, but what makes the old new is a reinterpretation of these designs, giving them a new voice by modernizing the approach.
In reference to Ricky's team, I think color blocking should have been up on one of the "old trends gone bad" cards itself. I found the color blocking a bit Barnum & Baileys. Aside from Elisa's dress, I can't envision a woman actually wearing one of the other dresses on the street.
Neon ( i.e. acid yellow) is in fact quite popular right now, it's been coloring the runways internationally from Preen to Marc Jacobs, it could have been reinterpreted in such a chic & modern way, too bad. Ricky will keep shining on. I agreed with the judges on the top two teams. Christian's team created interestingly "fierce" silhouettes, they truly modernized the dated trends to create 3 looks a fashion-forward woman could actually wear today.
Disagreeing with Kit, I felt the fabric choices were too bold for the audience, not muted at all. I can't see the snake print hanging on a rack in Maxfield, but the silhouette would certainly have been granted access. The collection was so un-American and fresh, unfortunately for team Christian, DK & MK graced the judges podium so the "All American" look took home the trophy.
Jillian certainly created a modern silhouette and made a cohesive collection that is actually cute AND wearable, which is not always the case on the runway.
Chris' team took the hardest fall, but someone always does, now don't they. It surprised me though, as I felt some of their pieces could be separates from a MK collection. The incohesiveness of the collection however, was the straw that broke the camel hair's back. Best of luck to Chris, he brought a positively sweet aspect to the show.