... the construction/execution on the shorts outfit was horrid and the other design concept was pretty out there ...
I couldn't agree more.
Concept aside, why on earth would anyone design clothing for the most vulnerable time in any woman's life that suggests she is nothing more than a barnyard animal? Considering it came from a 23 year old, self-described as gender-neutral, the total lack of understanding of the task he was asked to perform was cringe worthy, made even worse by his parting comments. This kid obviously thinks he has all the answers. He should start asking a few questions first.
As for those shorts, which were cut for maybe a size 50 or larger waistline, if sewing skills are so necessary, which this kid obviously lacks, how come these contestants are not pre-screened for their sewing abilities? I think they purposely throw in a few who can't sew so we can watch Nina Garcia throw a hissy fit or two. It makes for great television, even if it does annoy those of us who do sew.
I also observe that these designers seemed to be trained only to fit body types that are not found on "normal" women. It drives me nuts that they think a size 10 or 12 is plus size and "impossible," which may account for the unrealistic attitudes that young women have about their own bodies.