Before we begin, I will fess up that I perused the designers' finale collections on the 'net. Some years I like to be surprised. This year I couldn't wait to see what would walk the runway. I tried so hard to then forget it, so I could be impartial on this recap. Silly me, it was all for naught.
Why can't I keep my skirt from riding up?
The 9 remaining contestants meet a leopard printed Heidi on the Parsons runway, and she says they're getting the morning off. Yeah, right. The designers venture into NYC for a relaxing, Southern-style brunch. Um, what? There must be a catch. And, I thought croissants and coffee were French, not American Southern. So much for me to learn.
and I'm looking around to see if it will be another unconventional materials challenge. I'm thinking of the 2009 All-Star Special, of course. Hmmm, maybe they have to redesign the wait staff's uniforms? Kate thinks designing for a garden party would be fun. Tim Gunn walks in, and all I can think is …
I know, it's current and appropriate for men, but, ugh, I can't. It's almost as bad as the ubiquitous open back ladies' dresses. Men's dresses?
They are to create a look for the modern Southern woman. Tim says, "She dresses vibrantly, and expressively, and she's always fashionably put together. She knows how to use accessories and color and anything with feminine details." Tim tells them the suggested amount to spend at Mood is $200-$250, and it's a one day challenge. It can be for day or evening.
You're using plaid, too?
Tim doesn't have anything bad to say about Ken's look. He jokes with Jeremy about his shoe choice for the model. Dom thinks her work was over-designed last time, and is trying to go simple this time.
Tim calls Alexandria's look "bohemian."
Tim calls it hideous.
AVB: Do you think I'll go home for this?
TG: No way, they have great crack this week. I guarantee you'll be safe with this piece of crap.
During model fitting Alexandria starts redesigning her look, as per Tim's advice. Ken calls home, and speaks with his mother. He gets an edit as to how sweet and professional he is. (That was sarcasm.) His mom asks if he goes into the bathroom one way and comes out another. What? Geez, I've watched a lot of Family Guy and South Park this week, that's just too easy. Ken does trash talk some other looks, but, really, isn't that what they ALL do?
Joining Heidi, Zac, Nina and a silent Tim are Stacy Keibler from Lifetime's "Supermarket Superstar" and John Thomas, Belk VP. It's another week where we don't know what was spent by each contestant.
It is NOT Halloween, so that is good. It's simple, but NOT boring. It does look like it met the brief.
Alexandria Von Bromssen
He likes how it is full, and yet hugs the body.
Is the Southern woman really anti-plaid?
if you play it safe all the time.
Fashion is about taking those hard risks.
You're risking a lot talking to ME like that!
Did you not hear me say she's going to a formal wedding?
Bradon is the clear winner. Alexander and Kate are in.
In the back room, Helen wonders if all three will be out.
Heidi tells the bottom three that they didn't understand the challenge. She sends them back to the work room. They have one hour and the use of another designer. "Give us more modern fashion, redo your silhouettes, or start over. Whatever you can think of to save your looks do it!"
After the hour, it's back to the runway.
Jeremy and Ken are the bottom two.
Jeremy is auf'd. Ken is in.
Since I saw online the eight designers who showed at Fashion Week in real life, I assumed Ken would be eliminated. So, that was a surprise. So, what do you think happens next week that keeps Ken from showing even a decoy? The mind boggles.
Next week it's the Super Fan challenge!
I have a theory. Ken is probably in the right. Something has probably happened where it is completely appropriate to scream at (assumed) a producer. Maybe (s)he stole all of his guns, scissors and knives?