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Sure enough, back in the workroom Sonjia is missing the gold fabric, but doesn’t really melt down, in fact she pushes forward, confidant she can make it work with half a palette. Frankly, the challenge is pretty dull in terms of drama. The designers eat lunch and talk about what Avant Garde is and zzzzzzz.
Tim Gunn comes in for an early pre-visit visit to make sure they are on track and gives almost everyone fairly positive notes. Chris is already getting kudos and making Unibrow nervous. Unibrow is doing something that involves boyshorts and a cranberry tapestry-like coat. This really has Tim troubled and Chris delighted.
Sonjia is in her normal state of indecision and has draped at least 2 dress forms. Tim comes over and we finally get some narrative on what we’ve already noticed in Tim really focusing on Sonjia and working her through her meltdowns all season. He tells her she’s won 3 challenges (totally impressive! Especially since she SHOULD have won the candy challenge too!), but he doesn’t believe she’s working up to her potential. Aha! I bet if she was a student of his in Parson’s, she would totally be his favorite! He tells her that she’s “got it” but just has to “get it out”. I just said that!
They wrap the day and have one more to get things finalized. I think it’s the seriousness of the challenge and the lack of people, but it’s a total snore. Dmitry is doing separates, which I’m guessing is to prove to the judges that he doesn’t always make dresses, but I would have really loved to see him run wild on a dress for this challenge. Unibrow has solved his jacket dilemma by turning it upside down. This is apparently something he does in life to double the length of his wash cycle and if it works on dirty underwear, why not a queen’s jacket??
It’s so boring they interrupt for an in-challenge commercial and we have the L’Oreal pirate back to further explain the nail polish, lip gloss and eye shadows in each Fantasie catagorie. Yummie in my Tummie.
Sonjia is trying a floating concept with papier mache looking green pieces tacked onto the dress form and I’m excited to see the final project; Dmitry’s floating jacket was stunning so I’m hoping for something like that. Dmitry scoffs at Tim’s praise of this though and says “there is nothing Avant Garde about it”.
Ironically, Tim doesn’t feel Dmitry has actually grasped Avant Garde and is putting out something that is closer to prêt a porter. Chris is getting the “this is reading a little costumey” side-eye which is troubling since his tete-a-tete partner, Unibrow, is getting major props for flipping his jacket.