By CJ Bomb (and Leslie)
Hey everyone! We are down to the final six and what a crazy ride it has been. Double eliminations, cheating, Dixie cups… Brandon and Kentaro congratulate Michael who feels they all were able to push themselves in a good way with “the drama” gone. Kenya is musing on the fact that no one is safe and anything can happen. Heidi comes on the runway making her way through cones and caution tape and tells the designers they are going on a wild ride. I text Leslie that they better not be doing Six Flags. Nope! It’s the Lexus unconventional challenge. An old dude it a suit comes out to talk about how safe these new cars are and Tim tells them that they will NOT be playing it safe in their designs and not “conform to the rules”. Kenya is not happy and Brandon wonders why they are doing this. There has already been one UC challenge. We don’t understand the need for another. Les wishes they had used Tesla and then Elon’s Musk’s beautiful model mother could have been a guest judge. I tell her to keep dreaming.
We used to like the unconventional challenge until an incredibly annoying contestant named Erin won on the wave of far too many last season. We are now a bit over it. And by a bit we mean completely. The cars are full of rescue materials. Or as Les says, they are full of crap. There are hoses, tape, inflatable boats, kneepads, hardhats…. Leslie predicts bondage wear. They have one day and no trip to Mood. Well that sucks. In five minutes they gather as much crap as they can (Kenya had some boobie splliage in the mad scramble) and head off to the workroom where Tim tells them that because they raised the bar so high last week, the judges expect a lot from them. No pressure.
Kenya is worried she doesn’t have enough material. Margarita, on the other hand, has stockpiled and organized an incredible amount of material. We see a sweet phone call with Michael’s sister. She didn’t realize how much she would miss him. Awwww. Brandon feels stuck and Margarita wonders AGAIN if he’s a “one trick pony.” No. He is not. Which is why he keeps being in the top and winning. Michael is excited to do a “fetish” look. I text Les that she was right about some bondage action going on. She writes: Good Heavens! It’s not a Hugh Hefner memorial challenge! Oh look! A Dixie commercial lets us know that Brandon got the $25K after all. Pretty impressive for a one trick pony. Everyone is eyeing each other’s materials and Kenya goes begging for belts and buckles. She call her mom for some support and learns she is missing a family reunion. Her mom tells her she is doing something more important. Awwwww. Margarita thinks that her main competition is Michael, Brandon the pony and Kentaro. She thinks Kenya and Ayana are not so much designers and more like dressmakers. Les texts: Margarita, please. She’s starting to love herself a bit too much. She says something about taste level as she constructs a superhero bra.
Tim thinks Margarita’s knee pad bra is innovative and tells her to stop thinking so much when she worries her look is too simple. He thinks that Ayana’s look has the potential to be very chic. Kenya is doing a black dress and Tim helps her figure out how to get the most area out of the materials she has. He reminds her to turn up the volume. Michael has designed a skeletal bungee cord dress. He made a bra to go underneath but Tim doesn’t think the two looks go together. Kentaro tells Tim he’s so happy he used a fire hose because it’s just like fabric! Tim is like, Ummmmm…… that’s not necessarily a good thing. Tim is very worried about Our Little Pony. He tells him that he doesn’t see Brandon in his design and the silver rescue blanket he’s using as fabric for a top looks messy. He tells him that he plays so innovatively with silhouette and he just doesn’t see that in this look. Brandon is going to soldier on and promises Tim he will make it work. Les texts that she is worried about Brandon, Kenya and Kentaro. She’s a bit behind so I tell her to wait for the shot of Michael’s model basically naked in his 50 shades of bungee concoction. She catches up and tells me she is now worried the most about Michael. I remind her Tim hasn’t used his save yet.
Kenya is gently teasing Ayana who has been working at a honey badger fever pitch to create this crazy gown. She tells her that when they go up for judging and complain about time Ayana will ruin it for the rest of them when the judges point out that she created this amazing look in one day. Margarita sees Ayana’s look getting more and more elaborate and is now worried she hasn’t done enough. She starts sawing helmets in half. Michael says he’s worried for Ayana. I text Les: Michael, please. Brandon’s shirt is ripping as he does his model fitting and he goes back to the drawing board. The silver is out. Kentaro decides to keep doing what he had planned because he doesn’t know what else to do. Ayana is freaking out that she still has so much to finish. Kenya is worried she hasn’t done enough. Michael is also worried he hasn’t done enough and is trying to figure out a lining for his dress. He thinks it looks cheap and he’s unfortunately right. Everyone is getting slap happy and Kentaro calling Michael a bitch after he bandages his head is hysterical.
The day of the runway everyone is still freaking out. Kenya’s dress has come together nicely but her zipper has broken right before the show. Michael now knows he is in trouble and we have no idea why Kentaro would style or dress his model like Pocahontas. This is so not Kentaro. Brandon has created a flirty look and still managed to make it look cool. He’s a bit worried about the length and a booty sighting on the runway, but seriously, way to pull it together dude. Margarita is very confident she has the winning look. She keeps telling us how innovative she is. uh-huh.
Heidi comes out and tells the designers that it’s now getting intense. Really Heidi? Just now? She declares that she LOVES the unconventional challenge because it forces the designers to push their work in different directions and think outside the box. This explains a lot. The Tim Gunn save is mentioned for the first time in a loooong while which makes us think it will be used this week. The guest judge is Fern Mallis! Just kidding. It’s an actress named Carly Chaikin from the show Mr. Robot. I have no idea who she is. But I am old and still trying to come to terms with the fact that we will never get someone like Cathy Horyn on this show.
Les and I agree that Brandon’s look really worked and even was a bit girly for him while still staying true to his aesthetic. Kentaro…..this is just Indian princess gone wrong. It looks like a bad costume. Michael’s isn’t sexy it’s just sad. Ayana has done something very elaborate and very amazing. She painted it as well. It tells a story and it works. Kenya’s dress wound up working. We like the silhouette and the fact that she painted the belts making them look more interesting. Margarita’s is too Helga the Horrible meets Wonder Woman for me. My top are Ayana, Brandon and Kenya with Ayana for the win. Les likes Ayana, Margarita and Brandon with Ayana also for the win. She thinks Kenya, Michael and Kentaro for the bottom with Michael going home. I pick Margarita, Kentaro and Michael with Michael being auf’ed.
Heidi is impressed and says there is nothing they didn’t like! Zac and Nina side-eye each other and don’t necessarily agree.
Zac adores Brandon’s look and is happy the challenge forced him to play with strong color and textures. He really wants to see what a collection from him would look like. Nina loved seeing him play with movement and thought it looked great coming down the runway. Heidi thought it was flirty yet hard at the same time and Carly loves the placement of the pattern and wants the top.
Nina tells Michael his look has no drama and Carly calls it “hookerish.” Heidi is ok with it (shocker) but Zac is disappointed because he has done a basic bandage dress and not even that well.
Heidi thinks Kenya’s look is very cool and loves it. Zac was very impressed how she handled the material.. Nina says that this is how you do drama and the exaggerated silhouette worked even though it was a just a black dress. Carly thinks it is simple yet classic.
They are all wowed by Ayana’s look and Heidi says it’s so over the top but sleek and modern. Zac thinks it’s both hot and bold. Nina says she literally looks like she’s on fire and Carly especially loved the blue accents.
Nina thinks Margarita’s look has a superhero vibe and she likes it. Huh? Carly wished she had put some blue in the skirt. Heidi thinks it would be at home in a current show in Paris. Huh? What shows does she attend? Zac says it’s a high for him today and then says something about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Margarita beams. He then tells her he still has no idea who she is as a designer. She looks crestfallen and says that’s why he needs to see a collection. He’s not so sure he wants to.
Nina thinks Kentaro had an utter lack of vision. Heidi thinks his model looks like a doll and Carly says that this is too basic to be fashion. Zac not happy with the kitsch and points out the top doesn’t fit. They were very disappointed in this look. Especially coming from Kentaro.
Ayana wins! We are happy for her, she really seems to be on a roll. It comes down to Kentaro and Michael and Michael is sent packing……..or IS he?? Tim enters and sends him to go clean up his stuff. Tim is really holding onto that save this season. We wonder who he’s saving it for???? Hmmmm. Until next week dear readers, when we get to the final five and things get REALLY intense, right Heidi? Apparently there is boxing involved.
We also wanted to say RIP to Atlanta native and season 3 contestant and finalist Mychael Knight. So sad to lose such a young talent and sweet guy. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.