I'm beginning to wonder if Santino actually knows how to construct a woman's bodice. Tim Gunn says that, instead of predesigning his creations, which is the normal process, Santino puts fabric up on the form and just keeps adding (and adding and adding).
His tops never flatter or follow the form of an actual women's bustline - they actually flatten the profile. Heh - flatten not flatter. I'm cleverer than I thought.
I suspect that Nikki Hilton was swayed by Santino's personality more than his dress. How can she POSSIBLY have liked those gauche, huge, braided straps? They looked very amateurish, like something I might put together with leftover scrap the night before Halloween.
Man, to each his own I guess.