I was a big fan of both Mila and Maya's aesthetics throughout the season, which probably has to do with Mila's love of geometric patterns and Maya's air of refinement (with the exception of her potato-sack creation) and editorial eye.
That said, I think Mila should've won given the final 3. She mixed patterns in intriguing ways that did, indeed, resemble patterns created by shadows, which were her inspirations. I think her aesthetic, while largely referential to another time period, is, well, more timeless than Seth Aaron's. She also always serves up a compelling mix separates and textures/textiles. I would be more than intrigued to see another collection/line by her, and I think she should try menswear.
With regards to SA, he made a pretty great final collection, however, the majority of what he churns out has the refinement and sophistication of what some schlock, pseudo-poppunk band like AFI would wear. I think Mila's comment about his aesthetic being glam Hot Topic is kind of spot-on. He's technically a great craftsman, and he has some solid ideas, but his appeal is one of cheap thrills and instant gratification. He'll churn out overly saturated color palettes adorned with rivets and spikes and various metals and zippers and pleating and etc. until the end of time. And there will always be a market for such things, although I struggle to get the wordy "gimmicky" out of my vocabulary when thinking of him. Maybe he has a future being a wardrobe consultant for the next pre-packaged pop-punk sensation?
In fairness, there were no less than 4 or 5 stellar looks in his final collection, two of which were fantastic coats.
Emilio's appeal eludes me altogether. Possibly I'm not "sophisticated" enough to "get it," but some of his looks were straight out of a mall in 1991. Perfectly salable in Merry Go Round to be sure. There were popped collars and atrocious colors and...I think one nice coat in an awful color. He's a good tailor with tacky and boring (and egotistical) leanings and was allowed to stay in the competition for so long because the judges need to be replaced...with Tim Gunn. Tim's great, and is almost always correct. His blog is wonderful.
Michael Kors, on the other hand, is a fool, and was especially awful to Jonathan with regards to his "disco straightjacket" pullover episodes ago. He's juvenilely derisive, and yet he sits there in penny loafers and blue jeans and the same black blazer every week. Way to look like a great extra from the Miami Vice era. If that blazer were white or a light pink, it would be perfect.
Another honorable mention from the season is Amy. The girl just has straight-up interesting ideas. Sure interesting can fail, and she did send down some awful looks like the hair-sling, but I always wanted to see more. Her final collection is strong (yes I've studied the final collections of the 8 decoys who showed at Fashion Week) and so is her portfolio.
I really wanted the final 3 to be Mila, Maya and Amy, basically.