Happy Friday everyone! Hope you are excited for the olympics as we are! I’m sitting down to finally recap this as I’m dealing with two sick kids and a husband away for work. Good times. I’m avoiding this reality by finally sitting down to watch the Olympics of fashion (joking). After losing Amanda last week and keeping Merline I’m getting more and more annoyed with this show. But I soldier on……for you xoxo
Alyssa saunters out wearing a color blocked dress that isn’t hideous. Her sleek hair looks cooler than the early eighties matron look she’s been rocking, so at least there is that. A very special guest is going to collaborate with the designers. As Alyssa reads her list of accomplishments and people she has worked with Edmond is racking his brain trying to think of who it could be? Rihanna? Katy Perry? Edmond? Have you not WATCHED this show recently? It’s BETTY BOOP! Now I KNOW someone is smoking something in the producer’s rooms. They have to design an outfit for Betty Boop. Who is adventurous and “can work the runway in anything”. The winning designer will get to design a capsule collection to be sold at torrid.com and locations across the US. I have to look up what Torrid is. Apparently it is a plus-size clothing chain owned by Hot Topic? Why is this connected to Betty Boop?? The clothes on the site seem nice but, SHE’S TINY. Joshua is very excited and based on the leopard top he is wearing in his interview seems like a perfect fit for this brand. It’s a one day/$200 challenge. Sigh.
Merline wants to keep it young and fresh so she’s going to make a version of the same dress she’s been making all season. Shocker. Stanley is doing a mini dress over a romper. Damn Stanley…way to change it up from your normal aesthetic. Everyone is talking amongst themselves except for Joshua who needs NO ONE. It is his time to SHINE. He’s doing a Betty Boop I love NY t shirt with a mermaid looking skirt. Hmmmmm. Edmond is worried about being on the bottom again so he decided to go for it by grabbing neoprene. Char is doing the same thing. Helen is grabbing stripes. Is no one doing red? You know, her signature color?
In the workroom Joshua is sketching Betty’s face for a pattern. Anthony noticed no one grabbed red and Char says she is dressing Betty like she’s going to the BET awards. Everyone loses it. Merline is trying to amp it up and work outside her comfort zone. By adding a print to the same dress? Helen is working with mitering her stripes. I tried to do this in home ec in 1984. It didn’t go well. Edmond thinks his dress looks like an orchid. Ken thinks it looks like a vagina. It looks very Alexander McQueen. Helen agrees with me and thinks it doesn’t reflect who Betty Boop is at all. She thinks it looks like an alien. Since Edmond doesn’t know much about Betty Boop this isn’t really a shocker. He’s flipping the fabric and creating his own textile. When Stanley tells you your design looks “old”, your design definitely looks old.
Anne tells the designers that they put young hollywood icons on the cover of Marie Claire all the time and Betty would definitely be hanging with any of them. She tells Char she is getting “sock-hop” from the bottom of her look, but that the top is modern. Anne is not sure about the two fabrics Merline has put together. She tells her if she goes with one color that the shape and fit would have to be perfect. Merline should definitely stick to two fabrics. Anne is worried Stanley is using too much fabric. She thinks Fabio’s needs sex appeal. He’s wisely not cutting into it until he has to. She’s thinks Kimberly’s looks like a bathrobe. She tells Ken his look is so classic she’s worried about it disappearing on runway. She is glad Anthony is adding material to his black fabric so it doesn’t look “trampy.” Anne fucks with Edmond’s mind by telling him she’s sad he’s not using his original fabric. She also tells Joshua that he’s set himself up to make a very street look and is curious to see if he can pull it off. Will there in fact, be any McKinley magic? I want Anne’s ring that goes on every finger. She’s not seeing young hollywood in Helen’s striped look. Helen is happy she has polka dots. She tells all the designers that they have the chic part of the hollywood look, they don’t have the YOUNG part. She wants them to push themselves. And there is a message from Betty Boop’s friend coming soon…..it’s Popeye! To wish them good luck! And remind them Betty is sexy.
Merline is now making an all blue dress. She is having trouble with “sexy”. Joshua desperately wants a critique from the judges. Bitchy Ken rears his ugly head and asks Char why she is making a maternity dress. She isn’t having it and Kimberly stands up and says she loves the seams and it doesn’t say maternity at all to her. Ken thinks it looks like a hot-ass mess but wisely keeps his mouth shut because he doesn’t want to fuck with either of these women. The models come in and Helen finally figures out what she wants to do. Edmond’s dress actually looks cool, but freaking Anne is still in his head. He’s going to flip the fabric? And make a new dress??? Bad idea. Char can’t get her skirt to drape the way she wants and knows she’s in trouble. Joshua has spent so much time on his top (which is very cute) that he thinks he could be screwed on time getting the bottom finished.
On the day of runway everyone is freaking out. Ken thinks Char is in trouble. Char is in trouble and she knows it. Helen has pulled off a cute bottom to her structured top. Edmond is worried his model has never been in his new dress. Merline is sewing her model in the garment while the model’s hair is being done. Stanley is now upset because he hates his two pieces together. I think Anthony’s is cute, but now can’t stop thinking about Kleenex because Joshua thinks it looks like a tissue you blow your nose in.
I’m not even going to comment on the ridiculousness that is Alyssa’s hair. It must have taken a LOT of SPANX and some lube to get her in that sequined number. I’m not fat-shaming. She is beautiful. DRESS FOR YOUR SHAPE. Rebecca Minkoff is the guest judge. I love it when they have an actual person from the industry on judges panel instead of someone from some random show I’ve never heard of.
Ok I LOVE Joshua’s top. I get it. But the athleisure skirt and lingerie underneath? Rarely I have moments when I think, I’m too old to get this. This is one of those times. I love the shape of the skirt. I hate the netting. I’m getting an eighties Madonna vibe. I don’t hate Edmond’s. It just feels rushed and muddled. And not him. And not Betty Boop. If Alexander Mcqueen was forced to design a junior prom dress at gunpoint, this would be it. The front of Char’s dress looks like it was tucked into something by accident. I don’t think Kimberly has any idea who Betty Boop is. A mesh/floral jumpsuit with a Member’s Only sequined sheer jacket? This makes my head hurt. I love Helen’s. She mixed the fabrics beautifully. This fit is fabulous. The drape is fabulous. Stanley’s is a mix of his elegance and a youthful quality. Well done sir. After telling Char her dress looked “maternity” this is the exact same thing I’m thinking about Ken’s look. There is nothing youthful about this. Unless you imagine a baby in there somewhere. Fabio’s is pretty. There is just TOO MUCH fabric on Merline’s dress. Because of Joshua, when Anthony’s model walks out my brain screams: APRON! KLEENEX! I want Helen to win. I also like Stanley. That is all I can muster for judging. I personally would send them all back into the workroom and give them 10 more hours.
Georgina loves the neckline and the sarong skirt skirt in Helen’s look. Isaac thinks she struck a good balance this week. He says this is a flat chested tall thin version of Betty Boop, but it would look great on curves. Rebecca thinks the silhouette is great but the lines on the top feel menswear inspired which isn’t Betty Boop. Alyssa is very impressed with how she was able to cut the fabric.
Isaac thinks Merline’s outfit is about as far from Betty Boop as you can get. Georgina wondered if she knew who Betty Boop was as Betty is about bust, waist and ass and she’s not getting any of that. Rebecca thinks the back looks like an afterthought.
EVERYONE gets McQueen from Edmond’s fabric. Even Alyssa. Thanks a lot Anne. She said the front of the dress looked like “saggy balls” when it walked. Georgina likes the idea of this sort of dress, but doesn’t think it’s working. Isaac freaks out and yells at everyone “Young and Chic!! We want to see it every week!” Rebecca is distracted by the multitude of elements on the dress.
Isaac likes Joshua’s look a lot and thinks he has done anatomy in a non-vulgar way. Rebecca says it looks athleisure but luxe and it celebrates her figure. Georgina loves the shirt. It feels very young to Alyssa and not necessarily chic.
Alyssa loves the color of Char’s dress and that’s it. Everything else is awful. Georgina is confused as to how everyone showed up with all of these weirdly draped dresses. Rebecca says that the dress looks like something out of a freshman student competition. Isaac says it doesn’t fit and looks like a mess. Well if you people had given her look last week the recognition it deserved she wouldn’t have gone outside the box batshit crazy.
Georgina thinks Stanley has done a lovely job contouring the body and it’s giving her modern Betty Boop. Rebecca thinks the collar is very chic. Isaac thinks it is a very smart interpretation and it looks very American. Isaac and Georgina basically shut Alyssa down when she says she wishes there was more cleavage. You can’t have leg and boobs according to Isaac.
JOSHUA is the winner???? HELEN WAS ROBBED. Betty Boop modeling that looks RIDICULOUS.I need to get some serious commentary from you guys on this one. Merline is IN???? Char is out?? To quote Mugatu…I FEEL LIKE I’M TAKING CRAZY PILLS. I don’t get this….I don’t get this at all…….