By CJ Bomb
Hey guys! First of all a big thank you to Tamara for handling last week’s episode. I am EXTREMELY annoyed I didn’t get to recap it as the avant-garde challenge is always one of my favorites. I do think the right person went home and I ALSO think that Joshua needs a bitch slap of reality. You cannot be an enfant-terrible unless you are a genius. Joshua is many things, a lover of lingerie, eyebrow maintenance fanatic and enthusiastic user of hair gel, but a genius worthy of the attitude last week? No. Just no. And may I say how much I now love Stanley?
THe designers arrive at the Jewish museum where there is an Isaac Mizrahi exhibit. Alyssa is wearing a housecoat from a 1972 JCPenney catalog. Isaac pops out and talks about “Isaac Mizrahi, an Unruly History”. I wish I could see this. I’m going to watch Unzipped tomorrow. If you haven’t seen that documentary, drop everything you are doing (after reading this recap) and watch it. Alyssa goes on to say that he is well known for his powerful use of color, including the coat she is wearing. Only Alyssa could make that look so dowdy. Isaac is going to assign them color palettes for this challenge. He gives Ken red, but wants him to show a red he hasn’t shown before. He gives Fabio green. Fabio isn’t happy but he fakes it. Isaac gets Audrey Hepburn from Stanley, so he’s getting the pink palette. Merline gets blue and Helen purple. Edmund gets my favorite color (other than black) orange. Our sunny Anthony gets yellow and Isaac saves the teal palette which is “deep and rich” and can be “great or awful” for Joshua. He should have given him a spanking. Joshua would have probably enjoyed that too much though…. He says that Joshua is good at walking a delicate line. Maybe he just wants him gone.
The designers have their assigned color, but in a twist Alyssa tells them they have to pick a complimentary color for their design. They are designing party looks for spring. They have $150 and one day and Isaac has a surprise for the winner which will be revealed on the runway. Joshua pulls Isaac aside and tells him that he knows he was too “feisty” and Isaac responds graciously by saying that sometimes you think your work is awful and people think it’s brilliant and sometimes you think you have designed the best thing ever and people think it’s hideous, you have to accept those opinions and let it go. Joshua should watch Unzipped. It is about how a collection of Isaac’s in 1995 comes together after a previous collection received a scathing review. (and the REAL supermodels are in it) Joshua realizes he needs to do work on himself.
Everyone is inspired by the incredible work and gets down to sketching. Anthony is doing lavender with yellow. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Helen thinks Isaac gave her purple because her work is intense. I’m not sure how I feel about that either. Merline is doing blue and yellow.
Ken is going to show that he can do detail work with a corset gown with a cut-out and a choker. Anthony is doing a gown. Shocker. Merline is already pinning shapes on her form. Anthony points out what I am thinking which is that as awesome as last week’s work was, the judges want to see something different from Merline. Ken and Anthony sound like church ladies gossiping. Merline tells Anthony she has her eye on him.
In walks Anne to give some useless advice. She loves Helen’s purple but wonders where she is going to put the blue accent color. Helen is worried that if she uses too much it will be overwhelming. Anne tells her she needs MORE. Hmmmm. She loves Edmond’s orange and berry color combo (as do I) but tells him not to make his dress short for the sake of being short. Merline thinks she is doing something totally different and Anne points out that she is doing the exact same thing. Again. An architectural short dress. Merline doesn’t get it. Because, Merline. Joshua shows Anne some sort of chain thing he’s attaching and she tells him it looks like a tiara. She thinks Fabio’s looks like the 1950’s and is worried it’s not going to be fashionable. Fabio’s face looks like he gives zero fucks what Anne has to say. She tells Ken he needs to “put all his money on the table”. He assures her he’s going for it. Stanley is building a hip pad. She is impressed with his ingenuity but tells him that he needs to make sure that pink is his dominant color. Anne tells Anthony he needs to go beyond just elegant. She tells him it’s a party, not a red carpet. She tells them all to let loose and have fun.
Merline has scrapped her first dress and is now folding triangles. Stanley is very nice in calling her an artist, but points out that she will actually have to construct the garment. In one day. Edmond has decided to go floor length. Anthony is getting nightgown. What happened to that cool fitted sketch he had? Stanley and Helen are happy. I want to shop on the Intermix wall. Ken is now freaking out that he doesn’t have time to add the detail work he wanted to do. Anthony is rethinking his design. Ken is sitting down and eating chicken.
On the day of the runway Helen is trying to take Anne’s advice. Uh-oh. Ken knows he has a “basic bitch” dress and he’s in trouble. Joshua is WAY behind. Oh Edmond. What the hell happened. A bow on the butt??? Merline is running laps per usual. Joshua thinks her dress looks like a “couture cheerleading outfit”. He’s not wrong. Zen Ken has taken one too many Xanax and Anthony is yelling at him to pull it together. He adds his complimentary color at the last minute and I am just hoping it works as I like Ken’s work and don’t want him to go.
Ok the guest judge is CARMEN FREAKING DELL OREFICE. This woman is still modeling in her EIGHTIES. She modeled for CHARLES JAMES. She is a LEGEND. Can you tell I am excited? She is the embodiment of a swan. I just know Isaac asked her personally to do this. And Alyssa…..doesn’t look terrible this week. That neckline is nice on her. At least she’s moving towards the right shape for her figure? I want Georgina’s earrings. Badly.
I actually don’t mind Ken’s dress. I do think the construction isn’t great but he certainly didn’t put all his money on the table. He needs to send Anthony a fruit basket. Fabio’s is cute. And boring. I love the concept of Stanley’s look, but I’m not sure how the judges are going to react to the way the underpinnings hit the skirt. It’s very noticable. The color and top is fabulous. It would be hard to dance in this. Beautiful shape. Anthony’s came out better than I expected but it’s also not very exciting. Pageant dress in South America. I actually like Helen’s a lot but I’m worried about the blue accent. Edmond’s color is stunning but there isn’t much design in this dress. Merline, on the other hand, please Lord let this be it. Only Joshua could make a full length gown look slutty.
I choose Ken, Helen and Stanley for my top picks with either Stanley or Helen to win. Please just send Merline home already.
Georgina thinks Helen’s look is unexpected and playful but she thinks the eggplant color is depressing. Oh Honey, you better prep yourself for depressing….. Isaac loves that he’s getting a disco era vibe but it’s still modern. Carmen thinks the cut off leg is a fun surprise. Alyssa is thrilled she took a risk, but she’s not sure about the color.
Isaac is made happy by Anthony’s dress but thinks the lavender gets lost and looks a little gray. He does think the lines are a little wonky. Carmen likes the dress very much but her favorite part is that it would be easy to go to the bathroom in it. Everyone laughs but when you hit 40 and have had kids? Trust me, this is something you think about. She says Fashion and function. Alyssa likes the way the shoulder was done, but hates that she can see the models toes in a floor length dress. Georgina tells him he has had such a light hand all season and this feels tortured.
Georgina thinks that Ken’s is perfection in the front and Isaac love the bright happy red. He wished the pink was a stronger shade. Carmen loves it but hates the exposed zipper in the back because it draws her eye away from the complementary color. Georgina thinks he is finding a softness in his design.
Georgina tells Edmond that she loves the color but the dress is a throw-away. Isaac and Carmen also love the color but both think it looks like a nightgown. Alyssa loves it and gave a high score. Please don’t try to wear this Alyssa. Please.
Isaac loves the shape of Stanley’s dress and loves the hip pads and the fact that it almost creates two colors in the skirt. Carmen loves the dress period and tells Stanley it reminds her of old couture, but she disagrees with Isaac and didn’t think it needed the structure underneath. Alyssa loves the angles that were created.
Isaac thinks that Merline chose a good blue, but he doesn’t like the yellow. Carmen is ok with the yellow and thinks the construction is interesting but weird. Georgina tells her she needs to make better fabric choices because when they work, they really work and when they don’t it’s really bad. Alyssa tells her to make an origami dress collection.
The winning designer gets to collaborate with Isaac on a capsule collection for Lord and Taylor. Wow…good prize. Stanley wins! He hugs Isaac. I cannot wait to see what these two would come up with. Merline is going home. It was time. Do you agree? As always please share! Love the comments! Next week we are in Zac Posen’s studio and there is an evening gown challenge. I have to work on Thursday but I WILL NOT MISS THIS ONE. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!