Last week, the guest judge said that Sebastian's mini collection was ready for Fashion Week and Elaine - Elaine! - said his skill level was a cut above. This week, they had virtually no criticism for his full collection, except they questioned his choice for the first design down the runway. (That's like saying why watch Godfather 1 first when Godfather 2 is better. Apples and oranges, people! It's all good.) I've come to think their harping on his lack of a "story" for his designs was because they literally had nothing to criticize in the clothes themselves, and this was like that.
I've thought he was clearly so much better than the other designers from Week 1 and that opinion has never changed for me. If he hadn't won, I would've had to wash my hands of what would be an entirely nonsensical fashion world.
As to Garo and Hester, I did like some of Garo's designs and, surprisingly, some pieces in Hester's collection. (My order would've been Sebastian, Garo, Hester.) But, glory, Hester was getting full of herself, making it to the finale. That is an accomplishment, yes, but... I dunno, I personally feel Hester (and the judges) overestimate both her originality and the size of her market. In an earlier ep, she said she wanted to clothe "the world." Aside from making me lament that interstellar travel isn't a thing yet, I did roll my eyes at that. I cannot believe that there is a large market for Hester's designs. Her designs have always looked more costume-y to me than Garo's, if the judges want to throw that criticism around, as well as junior.
I did love the little talk Christian had with the designers before they left the workroom for the last time. That is as much warmth and sincerity as I've ever seen from him, and it was a good look.
Was Tessa there with the other eliminated designers? I missed her if she was. And whatever happened to Mimi? She kind of disappeared these last couple eps.
ETA: Saw Tessa on the rewatch, when they announced the winner.