The show starts with shots of little piles of clothes with people’s names on them. It’s gym clothes and athletic shoes. Let’s humiliate the Design-testants!
Cecelia is moping because she is still in the competition. Poor Julie, having to go home when someone else clearly doesn’t want to be there now.
The designers head to a Track and Field center. Heidi is wearing a tie-dyed acid-washy monstrosity.
Photo from Tom and Lorenzo Note: Even Heidi isn’t wearing her uninspired athletic shoes.
It’s going to be another team challenge. I am really getting tired of team challenges this season. I understand that the producers adore team challenges for the drama and personality clashes they create, but I kind of hate them. They make it so that no one’s true design vision gets fully realized, and I often feel that people get sent home over not being assertive enough or over someone else’s designs. Please get back to individual challenges, please!
To determine team captains, the designers must run a race. My personal nightmare. The top four runners will be team captains. This show is just mean. In a way, not winning the race could be beneficial, though. In many team challenges, the team leader is the one on the chopping block if the resulting look is below-par. So if you aren’t dead-set on winning this challenge, being a non-team-leader could work to your advantage.
Cecelia decides to drop out of the show. Maybe she couldn’t deal with the pressure, or the criticism. Or maybe she just didn’t want to be involved in yet another team challenge.
The designers are off! Olivier falls Hard. His knee looks kind of screwed up. And he passes out. At least he was already on the floor. Get the smelling salts!
Rundown of who placed top 4:
3. Anthony Ryan
They pick teams, playground kickball style, in short, humiliating style.
Josh picks Anya
Bryce picks Kimberly
Anthony Ryan picks Laura Kathleen
Viktor picks Olivier
Josh picks Becky
Bryce picks Danielle
Anthony Ryan picks gets Bert
Viktor and Olivier can pick someone to come back, they pick Mormon Josh. He seemed like a nice guy. Interesting that the fourth placer gets what may arguably the best pick of the day, in that he gets a wider range of people. It would have been more fair to allow that option throughout the picking process, so potentially Joshua’s first pick could have been a kicked off designer. But whatever.
So anyway, the designers are making outfits to go with Heidi’s sneakers. They must use denim or suede in their looks. The outfits don’t have to be gym clothes. And the winning look will be sold as part of Heidi’s line on Amazon.
Becky starts throwing out ideas, but Anya and Josh poo-poo everything pretty harshly.
Other teams throw out ideas, but I don’t hear a lot of definite plans or designs at this point.
The designers head to Mood. Josh and Anya continue being bitchy to Becky.
The designers only have eight hours to make their looks. It is clearly a designer torture challenge.
Joshua and Anya continue to exclude Becky. My blood is totally boiling. It is an interesting contrast of how Joshua and Anya are trying to gang up on and exclude their team member, who as far as we know is not a grouchy person, or someone who is difficult to work with as compared to Anthony Ryan and Laura Kathleen who seem to be trying to include notoriously grouchy and difficult Bert into the designing and decision making process. It really shows Anya and Joshua’s ugly sides. Snark and a little bit of cattiness is fun in Talking Head Interviews, Joshua, but when you treat likeable people like crap in the work room, it doesn’t gain you any fans.
Heidi and Tim come in to critique the looks. This is the second week in a row that a member of the judging panel can make their opinions be known before the runway show. Once again, I feel that being compliant will be rewarded above the designers staying true to their visions.
Heidi hates what Team Bryce has come up with so far. I actually think Bryce could have defended the “cowl hoodie” instead of just kowtowing at the slightest whiff of questioning. It shows he’s in such a self-doubting space that he didn’t even try to defend any of his work. Not a good sign.
Heidi criticizes the long skirt Team Viktor has come up with, and I totally agree. It is a super-simple elastic waist gray skirt. Yuck. Total “whipped up in a half-hour” throwaway. Bleh.
Heidi thinks Team Anthony Ryan’s looks are too dressy. So apparently the introduction to the challenge was Lies, all Lies! “Think a dress, think a suit.” Nope, lies. Designers, completely change everything you’ve thought of thus far, because in actuality, you are making workout gear. Yes, we are recreating what was arguably last season’s worst challenge. So y’all better pull out some lulu lemon knockoffs again this year if you want to win.
Heidi doesn’t have much to say about Team Joshua.
Heidi then announces that they have until 4 am instead of 11 pm. Oh so clever, the producers are, putting the designers into an impossible time constraint, pressure-cooking them that way, then almost last minute extending that time to make sure they are all sleep deprived and overthinking their looks and yelling at one another. See, I said torture, didn’t I?
Joshua then blows up at Becky. What a bitch. Joshua, not Becky. She heads out to the Ladies Room and cries. After the commercial break, Joshua heads in and apologizes. In his talking head, he says it was sincere, but kind of undermines it with a “get back and sew” attitude. Way to lose a fan, dude.
Team Joshua decides to add some color to their work, which makes me realize that almost everyone went boring and monochromatic. Hm.
The guest judge is model/designer Erin Wasson. I know little to nothing about her.
It is going to be extremely hard for me to critique this runway show, as I really have no idea what the judges are looking for. They’ve been vacillating back and forth in the parameters of this challenge as to whether they are looking for easy clothes that look cute with sneakers or actual workout gear. In my opinion, the challenge just kind of stinks overall.
All images from mylifetime.com
Viktor: I love the little motorcycle jacket he made; it looks relatively well-constructed. The dress is cute and easy, but I wish he had done something with the hem. As it is, I think the hem is just the raw edge, and it makes the dress look a bit homemade and unfinished. And it doesn’t really look that great with the sneakers.
Mormon Josh: I like the slim-fitting pants; they look okay with the shoes. The top is super-boring though, aside from the sleeve detail, which I hate. It makes the model look like she’s wearing a backpack.
Olivier: The skirt looks a bit more finessed than it did in the workroom and I actually kind of like it. It works with the shoes mostly because it covers them up. The top is very simple. I guess Team Viktor decided that the tops were just unimportant.
All together, the monochromatic palette and the simple tops for this mini-collection make it yawn-inducing and bland. I would maybe buy Olivier’s skirt for “hanging out around the house” wear.
Bryce: Isn’t this basically the same dress he made last week? I mean, I really don’t find much to say about it. It is a basic black dress. It doesn’t look at all like it took 12 hours to make, and it doesn’t fit the model very well at all. And it looks dumb with the shoes. The only thing that could be in its favor is the button details down the sides, but not buttons he chose. They are shiny, and look plastic-y and cheap.
Kimberly: I think the top and jacket are okay, maybe a bit basic, but well made. The shorts are fug, though. I don’t think pleated short-shorts are cute. They are diaper-y, at least from the front. Which is sad, since we know Kimberly can make a banging pair of pants.
Danielle: Good for her for throwing some color into the mix. It is her usual blue-green and her usual sheer fabric, but after five looks of black and gray, any color is a breath of fresh air. The top has unfinished edges, which annoys me. The skirt looks fine. It kind of looks silly with the shoes, though.
Altogether, Danielle’s look is disparate from the other two’s. And all three looks are almost the exact-same length. I would have liked to see more variety in regards to that. I would maybe buy Kimberly’s jacket (Note: we find out on the runway that Danielle did the jacket) and Danielle’s skirt.
Team Anthony Ryan
Anthony Ryan: So disappointing. Jersey shorts? Ugh, no. They look like culottes. And even the skinny model has them bunching up in the thigh area. Holy ugly, Batman. The top has potential, though. I can see where he was going with the draping and asymmetry. I think I would have liked it better with the shoulder treatment done in a color, though.
Laura Kathleen: I really don’t like the shorts (or is it a romper). Or the swimsuit-looking top. The vest is fine, though not anything special (I think they sell stuff like that at any Kohls.) It’s just all mediocre off-the-rack looking to me.
Bert: Well, well well. Who’d have thought it? But this is actually kind of cute. I mean, it doesn’t really go with the shoes, but the top is really interesting. I think Bert worked the print to his advantage. And although it is simple, it looks nice. The skirt is a smidge short (so Heidi will love it) and the ruching is not the best, but it is actually a nice enough look.
All together, the three designs work relatively well as a collection when it comes to textiles. Anthony Ryan’s is the least fitting. I think if he had used the blue print at the shoulder instead of the tan it would have been more cohesive. I would maybe buy Bert’s top.
Joshua: Setting aside all the catty bullshit, there are elements I like. I think the print for the top is very nice, and though it is just a tank top, at least it looks well made. The skirt is short, but also fine. I kind of hate the fringe-y vest thing, though. The outfit certainly needed a third element, but this just looks thrown on and poorly made from the front. From the back, though, it does have some interest.
Becky: I like the top, it could be either sporty or chic, but it doesn’t do the model any favors in the boob department. I can’t tell if it is due to the cut of the top, or if the model is just unusually well-endowed. The skirt is fine, though I don’t love the red accent or the stripe panel, but at least there is a little bit of adventurousness to it in a sea of gray and black.
Anya: This is pretty cute, too. I don’t think the red stripe is well-applied to the dress, it looks like it is rippling and weighing down the jersey. And the shape of the dress is kind of simple. I think the racer back is a nice touch. It is cute.
Altogether, I think this is the most cohesive mini-collection. There is variety, but they belong in the same world, as it were. I would have liked to see more variations in necklines, though, and a couple of the elements (the stripe) feel a tad out-of-place. I maybe would buy Anya’s dress and Joshua’s tank top.
My top 3:
My bottom 3:
Anthony Ryan (though it breaks my heart)
The judges don’t have a clear top three or bottom three. They just kind of group the designers into the overall top and bottom.
The Judges’ Top Picks:
The Judges’ Bottom Picks:
Kimberly was in the middle
Viktor is the Winner and gets his jacket and dress sold, and immunity
Joshua is also the Winner and gets immunity but Anya’s dress gets sold. Wait, what?
Anya and Becky are in.
Olivier and Mormon Josh are in.
Bert is in
Laura is in
Kimberly is in
Bryce is in
Anthony Ryan is…in
That means Danielle is out. This means that once again Heidi is over-ruled. You know, the consistency to which Nina overrules Heidi, there is no real drama anymore. You know if those two argue, Nina is getting her way. The producers really need to force a bit of a mix up, at least every once in a while. It just makes for better TV.
Danielle interviews that she doesn’t think she should have been sent home this challenge, and I have to agree. The jacket she made that Kimberly’s model wore was one of the best pieces of the night. But such is the nature of the mercurial judging panel.