Hello everyone! We have some very cool news……Leslie MET Kenya! And guess what? She’s just as nice and sweet in person. We are going to try and convince her to come have a glass of wine and watch with us at some point. We love that the home team has a great contestant this season. And Kenya if you are reading this, we promise we are relatively normal. Les was actually able to come over tonight (which is a miracle, considering our kids schedules) so we have a LOT of input. I’m just going to start out by saying all our speculation about forthcoming episodes and accusations in the past MIGHT BE WRONG! Dun dun dunnnnnnnn (again)
Kentaro is very happy he won in a very sweet Kentaro kind of way. Brandon loves him even though he considers Kentaro his biggest competition. He feels like he has learned a lot from him and he is very appreciative. Claire is declaring that she needs to get out of her rut and get….Les and I pause show and make bets on what she is going to say. Les thinks it will be “Get on top where I’m most comfortable”. My guess is “Get on top where I belong”. CJ for the win! I make Leslie get me another glass of wine as my prize. Margarita is still bitter that Shawn won for essentially ripping off the her model’s own clothes.
The contestants head to a store and Les asks me if they are in a Kmart. Nope. They are where all the high end fashionistas go to shop. JCPenneys. Now before I get hate mail, this is supposed to be a show about high-end fashion. Nina Garcia was just named Editor in Chief of Elle. Zac Posen’s dresses run four figures. I’m guessing they don’t spend a lot of time in Penneys. Just saying. However, I point out to Les if JCP can do influencer lines with high end designers like Target does, this is a good thing. Fashion for the masses. There are male models wearing Fall outfits. Everyone immediately assumes menswear and Brandon is thrilled. Everyone else…not as much. Tim tells the designers they look apprehensive. He tells them they are NOT doing menswear and Margarita (who was panicking) is now breathing again. Brandon is now sad. Les and I want to comfort him.
Each model has two designers on a card. Those two designers have to use the fabric in the outfit the model is wearing to design a stylish fall outfit inspired by menswear. Once the designers pull their fabrics (which are conveniently in bolts next to the models) Tim announces that this is a team challenge. Brandon REALLY looks upset now as he has the same fabric as Shawn. Shawn in a rare moment of humility/sanity says that she has to up her game to keep up with Brandon. But in a twist, Tim tells them that they are designing in teams and that they cannot work with a designer that has the same fabric as they do. Brandon exhales. Since Kentaro won last week he gets to pick his teammate. He immediately picks his brother Brandon. Amy picks Kenya and Les and I are excited to see what they come up with. Claire picks Shawn. Shocker. Ayana points out that working together actually hasn’t helped them get to the top so far….so whatever. Good point. Margarita picks Batani and Ayana and Michael are paired by default. The winner will have their look sold in the NYC JCPenney AND online the night this episode airs!
The designers have an additional $100 to spend at Mood, but only one designer can go. (It’s Swatch’s birthday!) Tim uses the word cohesive which is always the kiss of death in these group efforts. Ayana wants to do a boyfriend style top and Michael will compliment it with a long tailored dress. Amy and Kenya seem to be working well together. Amy wants to learn from Kenya as she has been on top several times and Kenya is happy she’s working with a fashion professor. Shawn is bitching she has a “more curvaceous” model again. Les and I agree that the model she has is one of the best, if not the best, on the show and she should STFU. Everyone is working well together except for the twins who are arguing non-stop. Margarita is getting a little huffy about how much she has to help Batani, but that’s about the extent of the drama at this point.
Leslie and I pause to discuss which twin sucks more. Leslie says she goes back and forth on who is the dominatrix each week, in terms of who is choosing and moving design forward between the two of them. I point out that Claire has more technical skills and EVERY week is a team challenge for her as she is always doing Shawn’s detail work. She even seems to be getting annoyed at this point with baldy. Watching the brothers, who aren’t actual brothers, work together is a wonderful example of a respectful, collaborative effort.
Okay there is a scene in the sewing room where Claire is next to Michael and she is droning on and on about her design issues and time management issues and blah blah blah and he just gets up and leaves. She keeps talking. Leslie and I lose it. It was a perfect scene to illustrate how the other designers feel about the twits.
Tim loves the idea of Batani toughening up the wrap dress. He is worried that Margarita has bitten off more than she can chew with her ambitious detail work. She looks completely freaked out and he says she seems “undone”. Les thinks she has decided to be a one man band in this team. I point out that if she had no problems throwing her model under the bus……..well, Batani just better pray they are not in the bottom. Tim has only one critique of Kenya and Amy’s looks and that is that the bow on the blouse is too matronly. They untie the bow and he’s happy. Tim is ok with Michael’s look, but worried Ayana’s looks like a hospital gown. She assures him there will be more elements added to it and he is placated. Even Tim calls Kentaro and Brandon the dream team. He’s not thrilled by their looks though and they take in his criticism with surprise. Michael hopes their confidence will throw them off. Over in the chaos corner Shawn tells Tim that she and Claire have never really done plus size design. Tim points out that neither has most anyone else. He is horrified by their bandeau over t-shirt idea and basically tells them what to do. He suggests a tunic, or as Shawn calls it, a TOOOOONIC. Claire doesn’t agree with him and decides they should do a sweatshirt dress. Les and I think, yeah, that worked out well for you last week, go with that……Then Shawn goes into the sewing room and asks Kentaro if she can rip off his leggings he did for his winning design last challenge. At least she asked? Amy and Kenya are devolving. We thought they were getting along? What happened? Where did tension come from?
The next day Kenya and Amy seemed to have gotten it together. Kenya doing a sexy walk demo for her model has made my night. Girl, come on over. We have wine. Ayana and Michael are very happy. Claire and Shawn are still running around like spastic toddlers.
Heidi walks out and Les mutters: pleather. That is a very pleather looking dress. With a very high slit. There have been some better looks this season. Baby steps I guess. The guest is Asia Kate Dillon. They are an actor from Billions and Orange is The New Black. Two great shows I have never watched.
Leslie points out that Michael and Ayana’s looks are not very cohesive. She wishes we could see asymmetry of top, but the fabric is too light. Michael’s dress has a VERY high slit and Les says that, “At least Heidi will like it.” We both like his jacket but we both think these looks are meh. I think Kenya’s is ok, but a bit bland for her. Les thinks she should have gone with bow. Les liked Amy’s suit, just not with that collar. I think they TRIED to design for a JCP customer rather than being themselves and that hurt them. Les thinks Kentaro and Brandon’s looks are too casual. I think even though they have an athleisure vibe, they are the most cohesive group and the models are the coolest looking on the runway. Claire and Shawn are still in Bennetton redux circa 1985. I ask Leslie for her thoughts and she said she has never cared for anything they have done so she feels no need to start commenting now. Batani has done a cute Betsey Johnson-esque take on a suit dress which Les loves. I LOVE Margarita’s asymmetrical shirtdress. Les agrees it is perfection. We both pick this to win hands down. We pick either one of the twins to go home. At this point we just don’t care. Send one away. Hopefully the other one will soon follow.
Heidi is in love with both Brandon and Kentaro’s looks. Nina loves the effortless ease and versatility of everything. Zac says it is the most cohesive and an incredible collection. Asia loves the “cheekiness” of it. Heidi pulls the typical PR bullshit: who do you think should win. The brothers maintain it was a collaborative effort and refuse to pick. Heidi insists. She then asks which piece would be the most favored. Kentaro succumbs picking a top, but Brandon refuses and tells the judges it’s up to them. We love him. Margarita, on the other hand, has no problem saying she her look was the best. Fortunately for her, they all agree. Zac is in love with it. Heidi is in love with it. Nina thinks both are sophisticated but that Margarita’s is spectacular. Asia says both the looks are “one and done” as you put them on, and you are good to go. Margarita picks hers as the best and then basically tells the judges that Batani picks her own as the best. Batani stands there and smiles.
Zac Posen unleashes on the twins so badly that Leslie and almost feel bad for them. Almost. He says there is no cohesion and the dress is trashy and “banal”. (How’s that for a vocab word Shawn?) He says the T-shirt is just bad design. He tells them they had the opportunity to demonstrate what his magical sisterhood could build and he is NOT IMPRESSED. Damn. Asia says everything looks like an afterthought. Nina thinks it’s boring. Heidi says it looks like they have no idea what’s actually going on. Claire says they were trying to be influencers for JCP. Zac is so offended by this he doesn’t know what to do. Please let me explain. Stores like Target will sometimes hire very high end designers to make limited edition capsule collections for fashion that is accessible to people who could normally not afford their labels. Influencers. So Claire is basically saying that they are on the same level as Stella Mccartney, Alexander McQueen, ZAC POSEN, etc (naming things from Target collections in my closet) He essentially tells them they have no brand. Heidi asks who should go home and Shawn says me. Claire says me. Les and I say, perfect! Send them both home.
Heidi thinks Kenya and Amy’s looks are boring and can’t figure out what went wrong. Asia thinks the looks look like flight attendant uniform rejects from the seventies and Les yells: And yet they are STILL better than the twins outfits!!! I raise my glass to her and say: Indeed. Zac says he’s getting wackadoodle and snoozefest. Nina says the models just look old. I turn to Leslie and tell her that I will be throwing the TV into the pool if Amy or Kenya get sent home before one of the twins. When Heidi asks, Amy chooses herself to go home. Kenya tries to say it in a diplomatic way, but she chooses herself to stay. We are still very confused as to how all this dysfunction happened. We like them both so much.
Margarita wins for her incredible dress. Margarita, we hope your friends and family are safe. God Bless Puerto Rico. Kenya AND Amy are safe. We both exhale and gleefully await Shawn’s aufing. BUT WAIT. The judges decide that they don’t know who to kick off because they don’t know who has been doing what. There will be a sudden death one hour challenge!
Wait…what? So not only will we not know the results until next week…..that means the cheating had nothing to do with the twins? In the preview Margarita says something and Michael storms off? We rewound that 3X but I think the wine had kicked in. ANYHOO, next week a twin will be gone and the Yolanda Foster episode FINALLY happens. We are all a tizzy! Which twit do you think is going home? What do you think the cheating scandal is about? Until next week…..dun dun DUNNNNNNNNNNNN………