By CJ Bomb
Happy Thursday everyone! Les was going to try and be here tonight, but we are at the mercy of our children’s schedules, and she is super busy. One thing we are both hoping is that the drama of last week is behind us and everyone behaves themselves. Save the unnecessary drama for the other reality shows please. We just want to see some incredible design. Please.
The founder of Rodial walks out holding envelopes. Fabio is immediately worried. Stanley to gets to choose an envelope and pass out the rest. I don’t understand what the big deal is as he has no idea what the envelopes contain. He opens his own envelope and the word smokey is inside. I have an idea as to where this is going. Amanda gets pink diamond, Ken has dragon’s blood, Helen has 24 karat gold, Merline receives magic gel and Char has bee venom. Joshua gets concealer and Edmond gets contouring so now I’m less confident in what I think is going on. Kimberly gets illuminating and she is happy. Don’t get happy yet girl. Ken gets super acids and Fabio gets snake. The products these terms reflect have been developed to encourage women not to think outside the box, but believe there is “no box”. Alyssa says that this sounds like something a superhero would say. I have two boys. I see a LOT of Marvel movies. I don’t get how this she is tying this together, but that is the theme. Superheroes. They have to create a high fashion look that celebrates their woman’s inner superhero. And the woman has a secret power. Magic Gel? As a superhero? There are many jokes in my head right now but I will not be sharing them because they are a bit off-color. Just a bit.
They get $150 dollars and one day? Seriously? What else does Alyssa have to do? In the workroom they are checking out their products. Fabio and Helen are comparing products so it looks like all is well for the moment. Ken says that you can tell these are luxury products because you “can smell the luxury”. How’s THAT for a superpower. (But seriously, they are nice products).
Maria comes in to help the designers make sense of how to tie the products to a superhero. She tells Amanda the woman who uses the pink diamond mask is a woman who makes an impression. She tells Ken thet her inspiration for the Dragon’s blood project is Game of Thrones and it’s edgy and cool. I wonder if Anything has ever seen Game of Thrones? The snake product Fabio has is gothic and edgy. I think Maria wore a lot of black eyeliner as a younger woman. Not that I would know anything about that myself. Char’s bee product is powerful so it’s about confidence and not being shy. Helen’s 24 karat gold product is lifting and illuminating. Maria leaves happy that she could impart ideas. If I were her I would have just had fun making things up. “The Concealer is about POWER…but not in an obvious way!!…This Magic Gel is about slippery….” I will stop there. Ken is doing a superhero with two layers of skin; tough/soft, so that means a jumpsuit. Anthiny’s superhero can get so hot, she can inflate her sleeves and fly. Edmond’s sketch is worrying me. Remember what happened to Ari Ed….
At Mood Fabio is thinking of a snake shedding it’s skin. Merline has wisely dropped the gel from her “magic” theme and is thin solid color blocking. Amanda’s dress is looking a bit princess-y. She grabs a lot of pink fabric and paint. In the workroom Joshua is worried she has taken on too much considering she still has no idea what her woman’s superpower even is. Fuck, we are bringing up last week. Anthony is sneezing and coughing and Helen makes a comment and Anthony goes off. She wisely says nothing. Let it die Helen. Rise above and make something awesome. Edmond’s got this cool sequin fabric that changes color as the sequins change direction. Helen, continuing her I’m sorry I came off like a bitch last episode crusade, compliments Ken and he receives it graciously. Merline wants to lick his fabric because it’s “juicy”. He asks her to refrain.
Anne starts with Amanda. She tells her to keep what’s in her head in the design because the colors look bright on the page and very subtle on the form. Amanda promises to keep it bright. Anne thinks Anthony’s looks elegant and “bridal, but not fashion forward. He’s rejecting this advice. Anne is getting Star Trek from Merline. Merline doesn’t understand the problem as she loves Star Trek. She’s editing though. She’s happy with Char and tells Helen to be careful not to go “tacky” with her shimmering gold fabric. She tells Stanley to make sure his dress isn’t just a pretty dress made of two fabrics. She is happy with Kimberly but worried it might get gimmicky. Anne is VERY happy with Ken’s and tells him it’s one of her favorites of everything he has done. She loves the outer “skin” of Fabio’s look, but calls the dress underneath “grandma.” He promises to edit. Anne is worried about Edmond combining sequins with leather. Anthony says, “Anne be the friend to him you would want somebody to be to you and tell that boy that cape is bleep and that dress is designed to match.” Damn Anthony is feisty this episode. Joshua is doing lingerie. Anne tells him it’s not a full look and basically shuts him down. Joshua is pissed. She tells the camera she needs to “Trust the McKinley magic”. Dude, have you EVER been in the top? She tells all the designers that they have created a lot of elegant looks and elegant is basically one step away from bland. She tells them to channel their inner superpowers and produce an exciting runway.
Fabio, Ken and Anthony call themselves “sister wives” and a conference is held to discuss Anne’s advice. Anthony does not get grandma from Fabio’s dress. Anthony does also not edit a major fashion publication. Just saying. The models come in and the sister wives are very happy with their looks. Joshua is sticking with lingerie. Amanda has nothing to try on her model. Kimberly is not happy with her fitting. Merline is talking to herself. Helen is complimenting everyone and then telling us she’s not impresseed in her talking head. Everyone is getting slap happy.
The next morning Fabio and Anthony are complementing each other. Unlike the last regular seasons brotherhood of Brandon and Kentaro, this is getting a bit annoying. And I usually like these guys. Amanda has finished and is very happy. Joshua says it is very Amanda and different than everything else in the room. Ken is making his model bald?
I haven’t heard from Les so I’m assuming she is deep in homework mode apres basketball (our lives are so glamorous). Sweet Jesus what is Alyssa wearing? A gold batwing dress for someone twice her height. I do think Alyssa is a beautiful woman. A beautiful misguided woman. REAL supermodel Karolina Kurkova is the guest judge. Nice. I don’t know if even she could make Alyssa’s dress work.
Fabio’s is boring. After all that I was expecting something more exciting. It’s not grandma, and it’s chic and well made. But I’m not getting enough snake. Or superhero. Helen’s cutouts are a little too big for me. Edmond’s woman’s superpower must be traveling back to 1977 and hitting Studio to dance into the wee hours. The cape is not working. I LOVE Char’s. It’s cool and giving me bee without being literal. Kimberly’s dress/pant attachment looks like it needed editing and the fit seemed off a bit. Maybe it was the way it was moving. Merline’s dress looks a Delta flight attendant circa 2030. Georgina is going to crucify her for the construction. Stanley’s dress is giving me Carolina Herrera. While that in and of itself, is awesome, the superhero aspect of this outfit is non-existent. Amanda’s looks like something my mother would have worn to a party in Greenwich CT circa 1974. Joshua is designing for Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour circa 1991. Since I have been throwing dates out, Anthony’s dress looks like something my mom would have worn to a party in 1985. I LOVE it though….. The fit and neckline are awesome. Oh Ken. your jumpsuit is ambitious, but WHYYYYYYY the need for a bald head? My favorites are Char, Anthony and that’s all I’ve got. Anthony for the win. Merline, Edmond and Amanda are my least faves with Merline to go.
Georgina loves Fabio’s. Loves the cut, loves the fabric choices, loves it all. Isaac thinks it can be wither dressy or casual. Karolina loves the overlay and the pockets as well as the fact that the dress is two different looks. Alyssa says that no one does proportion like him. He is going to be insufferable after this.
Georgina hates the proportion and the wonky seams of Merline’s dress. Alyssa is not impressed with the shoulder because she has seen it from Merline before. Karolina says if you are going to do something this clean it needs to be perfect. Isaac thinks her work is getting repetitive.
Alyssa wants Anthony’s dress. Of course she does. It is the absolute wrong shape for her frame. Isaac and Georgina are amazed by the construction and Karolina wants to look underneath the dress. He tells her “let’s not look under the bed”.
Isaac wants to take two inches in on the waistline of Amanda’s dress. When she pulls it in he has the vapors, he’s so relieved. Alyssa comments that there is a LOT of lines going on. Georgina thinks the fabric is heavy and sad.
Georgina hates the “condom” on Ken’s model’s head. But she loves the jumpsuit. Alyssa tells him he has stepped out of his comfort zone which is a good thing because playing it safe in last year’s finale cost him the win. Isaac is distracted by the bald cap to the point where he isn’t getting superhero.
Isaac would not have shown the cape with Edmond’s look because he has seen it too many times. Karolina hates the fabric choices together. Georgina thinks he was going in an interesting direction with the dress but it feels unresolved. The cape is Alyssa’s favorite part. Isaac and she get into a little snit about this and he says it’s on every drag queen and every Kardashian. Aren’t those the same thing?
Fabio is the winner? Anthony was robbed. AMANDA is going home? WTF?? How many chances is Merline going to get for doing the same poorly made bodycon dress over and over? I’m sorry, this episode wasn’t my favorite. What did you guys think? I’m craving a two day challenge.