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She lets them know there is a challenge but they need to head to South Street Seaport to find out what it is. These segments are completely nonsensical and I wonder if they feel as pointless to the designers that showed up to see her. Maybe we can get some HeidiMail going to make this process more efficient? Anyway, they head to the Seaport, which is a great area in NYC, to meet up with Tim Gunn and a fleet of
Lexus. Lexuses. Lexii?Nice cars.
Tim tells the gang they will be designing for someone who has great empathy for their plight, so the speculation is all-stars or designing for each other. Skunk wishes it’s for Heidi because “She’s like life-size Barbie”. Mentioning her is a great way to ensure air time, but he still annoys me with every breath. The challenge is a Red Carpet Look, which usually results in butchery, and this is for the EMMIES. Not the Grammies as previously erroneously reported. Also the Lexus color they get will need to be incorporated into the design. Totally makes sense. Tim reveals it is a team challenge and faces are falling even though they probably could have guessed based on the number of cars. Elena interviews she doesn’t like to work with anyone and asks “Who does?” Team players, Elena. That’s who.
There is a man from Lexus there to talk up the cars but I guess the guest judge this week will be a Lexus because they seem to be making most of the decisions. Skunk says something about this being the only time he will ever hold a key to a Lexus and I so hope he’s right because I’m pretty sure one of the competition prizes is a new one. The 7 Lexuses act much like the Sorting Hat and decide who works with whom and then take them to meet their customer.
The teams are Christopher the Mystopher and Grandma (which he claims to be thrilled about), Urkel and Sonjia (no big ripples there), Elena and Buffi (hate at first sight), Blorpheus and Freegan (Blor is worried garbage stink will rub off on him), Vampire Bangs and Dreads (two menswear hair apparents), Skunk and Afrasian (outrageous meets trying to be outrageous), and Dmitry and Tara Reid (hope she likes ball gowns!)
To add to the drama the designers discover they are designing for past contestants and some of them are more past than others. Grandma Mystopher finds Anya waiting with half her head shaved and her glue gun ready. Team Hair gets Mila, who has a severe and tailored aesthetic which could work just fine for the menswear-heavy duo. Skunk pulls up to find Irena, who I do not know at all, but she is very put together and Afrasian says she won a past season so I hope she gives Skunk a little hell. Dmitry and Tara pull up to find a moody teenager sulking at a café. Oh wait, it’s April with a bad purple rinse and a permanent frown.
Sonjia and Urkel meet with Valerie, who I also don’t know at all, but she is described as pretty and girly and these two should be able to handle that. It’s the Emmies after-all. Elena and Buffi meet up with one of my all-time favorite designers, Laura the Redhead. I always remember her as a lady with great taste, real class and intelligence, who also spent a season designing over her growing pregnant belly since she has a continuous stream of children emerging from her.
Blorpheus and Fabio the Dumpster Diver pull up to find Kenley,dressed in knee socks and pin curls. Oh karma, you mean bitch. This is a contestant no one could forget, or at least I can still hear her indelible sassing of Nina Garcia during judging. She describes herself as quirky, which is annoying, and fashion-forward, which is just a lie. Being a hipster surprisingly doesn’t actually make you hip. It’s called a misnomer.
The interviews begin. Grandma asks Anya how much skin she’s willing to show. I have to think that is a planted question given that she has a threesome sex tape available for download. Anya that is, not Grandma. Video wasn’t invented when she was sexually active.
Also Irena tells Skunk that she is fine with white and black, but not to make her look like a checkerboard.
Kenley of course tells them to give her tulle and crinoline and a boatneck and basically make a 1950s cocktail dress. Anya is apparently preferring a red carpet look that doesn’t bare her stomach and Mila looks a little skeptical at two designers who have menswear backgrounds going for a gown.