Hey guys! We are getting down to the nitty-gritty with only 7 contestants left. It really feels as though this season has gone on for awhile…no? And there’s not even a Tim Gunn save. I am sitting in front of a fire trying to get warm while watching the designers stroll down 5th avenue in summer gear. They have no idea where they are going but are guessing it’s somewhere nice since they are in the ritziest part of NYC.
Well they ARE going somewhere special as they wind up in Zac Posen’s atelier. Beautiful color and design are everywhere. Zac gives the grand tour. Alyssa brings up Zac’s technique which is born out of his love for the female form. Alyssa is probably wearing one of his dresses and she still looks like she’s in a potato sack. The designers challenge is to create a red carpet look showcasing their signature technique. Please baby Jesus let them have two days….pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease………NOPE! One day. Anne is away so at least there is that. And the designers are supposed to mentor each OTHER? What fresh hell is this? Ken is not happy. I would volunteer to be Joshua’s mentor in a heartbeat and tell him his Hot Topic/bondage/lingerie dress is AWESOME. Add some bling and fringe to that Joshy boy! You are a misunderstood GENIUS! It’s a winner!! I think I would be a big help. The prize is to be the wardrobe designer for a leading lady for a Lifetime original movie. That’s almost like an Oscar dress! For Lacey Chalbert! The studio is amazing. Helen says that everything is done perfectly BECAUSE NOTHING HAS TO BE DONE IN A DAY. They are using his fabrics from Zac’s selections. There is some seriously good stuff. Stanley gets to pick first as he won the last challenge.
Stanley is designing a red gown that is going to make Tamara freak out. This is Stanley’s challenge to lose in my mind. Helen is doing a colorblocked red dress with a built in corset. It looks elegant with an edge…..very Helen. Edmond is known for his ruffles. This could go either way. Anthony is “sculpting” an asymmetrical gown. This is ALSO a very Anthony challenge. Joshua is doing pin-tucking. This is Joshua’s challenge to ACTUALLY lose in my mind. Who knows? Maybe he will surprise us all……
I am rooting for Helen as she is the last female standing. And I love her work. Ken is also sculpting. Fabio is going to do a pleating technique. Anthony is bemoaning the lack of time. Ken is upset that he is working “hard, but not smart.” The material he picked is very heavy and it’s not doing what he wants. Anthony gives him a hug. I’m not sure even a hug from Anthony will help at this point. Helen explains the hazards of pin-tucking as Joshua practices his technique on muslin first. It’s time consuming and requires serious precision. Hmmmm.
The dreaded button bag comes out. Stanley is mentoring Anthony, Anthony is very happy. Stanley likes his design but reminds him he was in the bottom last week. Anthony says he was inspired last week remembereing whien STANLEY was on the bottom and he knows there is no where to go but up. Well, hey now, the rest of these critiques should go pretty well….no? Anthony is mentoring Joshua. He asys this should be pretty easy because Joshua’s models are usually naked and/or hookerish. He points out Joshua’s fabric is two-tone so in a way he is also showcasing color-blocking. This completely confuses Joshua who can’t tell if Anthony is joking. Joshua has Ken. This should go well. Ken is patient and Joshua is nice, but Ken is basically ignoring anything Joshua would have to offer. Ken gets Fabio. Ken lies to Fabio’s face and tells him he likes his dress when, in fact, he thinks it is ugly. Well this is all really helpful! Fabio actually HELPS Edmond. Helen gets nothing from Edmond. All the other boys line up to watch Helen mentor Stanley. She recommends shortening the length and the sister wives protest. She knows Stanley is going to do what Stanley is going to do and ignores them. The models come in and Joshua has nothing to put on his model. He’s not concerned. Is it me or there a lot of “eating” scenes? Edmond is designing a flamenco dress? Paging Margarita….who would be awesome on All-Stars.
The next day everyone is freaking out. No one is in a good place. Joshua is starting to realize he might be fucked. Stanley thinks Ken’s looks like a comfortor is attached to the model’s hip. Stanley’s looks predictibly awesome. Joshua’s looks predictible slutty. Either Joshua or Edmond are not long for this world.
Alyssa’s top? Good The pants? Not so good. Seriously girl, take a Clueless (just rewatched that movie!) lead and take some poloroids. Zac is the guest judge as is Rosie Perez. She doesn’t age. It’s weird.
Stanley’s gown is impeccable. The color is amazing, the neck is fabulous and the tailoring exquisite. I want to feed his model. The shape of Helen’s dress is beautiful, but I’m worried about the shinier red fabric bunching when it moves. Edmond’s model looks like she is the after picture in an Alien movie. You know the scene….. I thought I was going to love Anthony’s more. I love it still. It looked a bit tortured moving on the runway. The shape is beautiful but the dress is wearign the model, not the other way around. Joshua’s top looks sloppy and unfinished. And not connected to his bottom. And it looks slutty. Brandi would wear this. And her boob would fall out at some point. Fabio’s is elegant and very him. I could see an older actress rocking this elegant look. I can’t get past Ken’s bordello fabric choice and the fabric on the side is too heavy. I pick Stanley or Fabio to win and either Joshua or Edmond to go. I love Edmond as a person but I feel his time is up.
Helen is safe and she literally RUNS off the runway She wishes the boys good luck, but obviously she is thrilled to not be there.
Zac tells Fabio he did a spectacular job and he should be very proud. Isaac points out that it is very modern dress on a very traditional runway. He loves it. Georgina loves the back but finds the front “a touch dowdy”. Rosie loves it because it’s unique. Alyssa thinks he did a great job and she knew it was his immediately.
Alyssa thinks Ken handled the fabric well but hates the component on the side and doesn’t think it is contributing anything to the gown. Georgina points out that the heavy fabric on the side is pulling at the rest of the tailoring. Isaac thinks the v-neck is poorly done. It doesn’t say red carpet to Rosie but she loves the material. Zac says it doesn’t feel finished and it doesn’t feel like a signature dress. Ken remains Zen.
Alyssa loves that Stanley’s dress is making the wearer shine. Georgina thinks it is a great dress but it is too simple. Zac thinks the straps add a detail that was needed. Rosie points out that someone with boobs could not wear this. Stanley assures her he would work with her “girls”. Isaac thinks it look expensive and congratulates him on a job well done.
Isaac loves the colors of Joshua’s but thinks it looks like two different outfits. Zac thinks there is a lot going on and calls it trashy. Georgina says he needed to stick to a story. Alyssa couldn’t figure out if she loved it or hated it, but based on judging a signature technique, and having starred in a few Lifetime movies, she decided she has to love it. (I’m just guessing these are the roles she is getting these days).
Isaac thinks Anthony’s dress is great. Zac thinks it looks like an elegant brushstroke and he nailed it. Anthony squeals. Georgina thinks it looks “easy and light” huh? Zac thinks the same thing. Huh?? I love Anthony, and the shape of this dress is beautiful but did they not see is moving down the runway?? Rosie thinks the dress is a whole performance and she also loves it. Her boobs would look great in it.
Georgina thinks the brocade of Edmond’s skirt is just too much with the ruffle element. Isaac blesses him for attempting a “rose fantasy” but he thinks he made the fabric look cheap. Alyssa says it reminds her a thrown pillow on her bed that she loves and her husband hates. Zac tells him he didn’t need an exposed zipper and that the front is too much. Rosie simply says she hates it. Ouch.
Helen picks who was in what position correctly. Stanley says he’s in good company and Joshua is insulted. Stanley refuses to fight. Seeing Anthony’s dress move in slow motion it does look better. Does Isaac not like Zac? Anthony wins. Squealing ensues. What the fuck is Joshua wearing on his feet? It doesn’t matter because those booties were made for walking. Joshua is eliminated. He won’t let anyone hug him and Anthony says “ding dong the witch is dead”. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and as always I LOVE reading your thoughts so please comment! Bisous!! CJ