As Commercial as Apple Pie
First up, thank you all for the Tim Gunn/Dmitry hottub drenching suggestions! Commenter LAC’s lavender honey is the hands-down winner for Tim Gunn. I think that actually describes how he smells as it is. For Dmitry we have some wonderful suggestions that I cannot begin to choose from. He is rich and dark and sexy and wonderful and everything from chocolate to coffee to AmyOops’ inspired suggestion of a rootbeer float. Anything that is a guilty pleasure, really.
Oh look, a Dmitry platter!
Anywho, this episode promised drama and melt-downs, but it will be hard to top last week’s public service announcement about how Fat Might Be Bad, But Being an Asshole is Worse, and Being a Fat Asshole is Unforgivable.
The Blor You Know
We’re down one Urkel and down ON one Blorpheus going into the challenge. This week is supposed to turn all the ladies into basket-cases. So I’m excited to see if that includes Chris and Skunk.
“Good thing we have different hair styles so people can tell us apart”
The designers are tasked with filling out the fall line for Lord & Taylor. Maybe we should just start calling this the Lord & Taylor Runway. Or start stumping for new sponsors? I think it’s funny when Tim Gunn warns them that it has never been more important to be smart with the accessory wall. Yeah, cause you don’t want to get criticized for uggo accessories if they are actual, purchasable Lord & Taylor products!
Sonjia shows her sassy side this episode and tosses out a lot of shade at the boy designers and the Chiffonies especially. I’m not sure if it’s in response to ribbing she has been getting all along, or just designer personality dynamics coming through, but it makes her look a little more sour grapes than we’ve seen her before.
When Chiffon Attacks
Maybe the reason Sonjia got anti-guy soundbites is to set us up for most of the girls have huge issues with this most basic of challenges. Elena has the “I’m just not commercial” meltdown that seems to be a recurring theme this season. I can remember a lot of nontraditional designers in the past, including some that even won, so it feels a lot like whining.
To be fair, the world really is not ready for you
Sonjia takes the prize with a complete and total breakdown. Not one of those diva, flashy, audible-sighing and chiffon-tossing tantrums, but an actual crying breakdown where you can see her willpower fleeing and defeat being accepted. Her level of despair was pretty painful to watch, but seeing Tim (predictably) pump her full of confidence and Elena (unpredictably) totally pitch in and help her through her crisis was totally heartwarming.
We may have to add a hint of chamomile to represent his soothing qualities
Ok. Can I stop a minute and complain about something? Yes? You’re the best! I am so irritated by how many of the designers keep pronouncing the word ‘aesthetic’. Some (Elena) pronounce it the way I do – allowing for the softer ‘th’ sound. Whereas SOME (Skunk), keep hitting a hard ‘t’, and DRIVING ME CRAZY. I am tired of hearing about people’s aes-TET-ics. One point off per design!
Alouette, je te plumerai
Ok, back to your regularly scheduled snarkfest.
Now, I don’t want anyone to drop dead from shock, but Blorpheus uses pleating in this challenge. It really irritates me that Christopher gets chastised for putting out multiple version of the same skirt while Blorpheus slumps and galumphs right off the runway without the judges ripping him a big blubbery new one for doing the same GD thing every GD time. As Blorpheus would say, There is Only One. Way. Monkey.
“The thing is, I told you”
Almost all of the dresses I really liked, maybe because it was easy to see myself actually buying and wearing these commercial looks. In other words, it was a little tame and homogenous, but at the same time given the challenge/customer that is to be expected. The winner I liked, but I actually loved a dress that didn’t even make the top 3. I’m interested to see if anyone agrees.
The loser totally deserved it in my book. In fact, seeing who ended up getting sent home was a total and surprising feeling of relief for me. As is always true in life, we now owe Grandma a thank you note. It will be hard to deliver though since she’s still trapped under the NYC sewer system.
Just kidding, it’s summer. She’s fine.
Have a beautimos Labor Day weekend and try not to get too drunk to tune in for the full cap! Or do, because then the comments will be even more hilarious!