I was impressed by the show's feel too, Bearcata. (Good point!) When Daniel was eliminated, I had the thought that he would have been kept on ANTM because he provided good drama. Kudos to the show for actually evaluating the designs instead of who makes "good tv."
Austin's dress was astonishing. I expected him to weave something like he tried at first. The final product (despite the wilting) had a great look that really echoed the way a corn husk is put together. I can totally see Bjork wearing it on the red carpet - if he can fix the freshness problem.
Starr's dress was disappointing. My 4-year-old daughter would have come up with something similar. I like her portfolio, so I hope this was just nerves. She looked so unhappy and nervous up there.
Even my husband, as far from fashion as is humanly possible, was totally drawn in by this show.