Kiss kiss loves, and welcome back to The Fashion Show! Ready to catch up to the finale?
Well, let’s start off by saying that I still can not believe Eduardo is gone. And the designers agree with me. Lil Dom and Morris Day think it should have been CalTran. Oh, and speaking of the little demon – he thinks Eduardo’s time had come. He says he never expected Eduardo to make it to the finale.
They meet Iman at a pier, where she models one of Captain & Tenille’s jackets over Cher’s bodysuit.
The early 80′s stage wear challenge? Cause that would be amazing.
She reminds them that not all 4 of them are going to the finale. Will she remember to remind them how bad it would suck to have to go home now? No, but she does point out Emerald’s 2 wins compared with Nami’s 9,462.
Then she tells them they’re off on a boat ride around Manhattan to feel the wind in their hair, the sea below them, and the earth around them. Their challenge - to design a collection around air, water and earth. What about fire? This challenge is a metaphor for this show. If I wanted to wear air, I’d just go naked.
So, I’m guessing we’re not getting anything pink or sparkly out of this one, and I’m already over it. But CalTan is thrilled, it’s all about his Feng Shui studies. They get on the boat, and there’s talk of seafoam, and fabrics with “movement” on Emerald. On Nami, CalTran is of course dictating to Lil Dom, who very wisely acknowledges that it’s easer to just go along with him than fight him.
Back in the studio, Morris Day reminds us that he gets an extra accessory for winning last week’s challenge. He chooses a crown. He is looking to design a “regal air water goddess”. Over on Nami, CalTran is all ready to go, but Dom is exhausted. The critique last week hits her hard – someone has awoken and smelled the pig coat.
Isaac comes in and first is Morris Day and Cesar. Isaac loves Morris Day’s design, but warns him about skirt length. He is less enthusiastic about Cesar, but he is excited about the last look.
At Nami’s consultation, CalTran talks about Chinese elements, Dom talks about wind and the spirit of human nature. She sounds like death. Isaac notices it too. He says she looks worried.
I just think it’s rude that no one told him about that huge booger on his lapel.
For some unknown reason, CalTran is going to design for a pregnant woman. Isaac tells him he better be careful, more so than the others. In response, CalTran tells him all about the fashion show, which will have no music – just sounds, and models in bare feet. I smell leftover avant garde from last week.
In the fabric store that is not Mood, CalTran scurries around pulling tan, white and black. Dom is resigned. Cesar and Morris Day are getting lots of blues and greens. They have a little love affair going on.
Back at the studio, Dom’s first look will be a long coat, but it’s not working out. So she’s making it a poncho. CalTran is horrified. ”Are you retarded?” he asks. Dom tells us she’s doing whatever the hell she can to win this competition and break out of her small town so she doesn’t have to end up on 16 & Pregnant.
Morris Day and Cesar continue on with their love affair, sewing and ironing away like two old ladies. CalTran acknowledges that they’re the judges’ favorites, but that he finds them too literal – blue and green for the ocean. I have to admit, as much as I love blue and green, that was kind of the predictable way to go.
On the other side of the fence, Cesar thinks CalTran’s color palette is boring and “doesn’t go anywhere”. CalTran’s not worried – he’s ready to show the world who Calvin Tran really is. ”Hell to the yeah!” he chirps.
The next morning, it’s time to prepare for the models. Cesar talks some more about his partner who died, and it’s nice and inspirational. CalTran seems to have forgotten about his lover who’s dying back home. He’s running around the studio like a little kid says Dom. He loves his collection.
The models arrive for their fitting, and we see what Morris Day and Cesar are up to first. And with a few wins under his belt, Morris Day is growing balls. Or maybe he’s just using the ones hanging off his chew toy necklace.
Anyway, now he’s telling us he doesn’t like Cesar’s jacket. ”Should we make it smaller?” he dares ask. ”Should we make your white jacket black?” snaps Cesar in response. Okaaaaay then.
Bridesmaids in old shawls. Fashion on the cutting edge.
CalTran is not impressed. He thinks they have the same look over and over again. He and Dom dress their models, and even Dom is on board now. They love their looks! And then, Morris Day’s special accessory arrives. The crown. Oh, the madgesty.
Someday my prince will come. And when he does, that bitch better have a crown. I’m not messing with no damn tiara.
They go back to their apartment, and bond a little bit. Everyone wants to win, and no one wants to kill CalTran, at least for the moment.
Don’t worry, I’m working on that.
Next morning is the obligatory garment rack roll down the street. But today, we get a special treat – aerial view!
Someone’s getting creative around here! I’m sure they were fired for their transgression.
The last fashion show as houses, this determines the finale, so much at stake – it’s a big deal. CalTran and Dom are taking a big risk. Morris Day and Cesar are making hair waves. They are also busy congratulating themselves.
The audience files in, and we meet our guest judges for today. Some guy in glasses, and Laura Brown’s replacement from Harpers. Did they neglect to inform her that this was taking place on camera?
Or is there a before and after going on that I don’t know about? -DWP
Check the shoes, check the hair, check the hems directs Stefan, and then the show begins. Emerald is up first. Morris Day does a lot of talking nonsense about water goddesses returning from the sea. Does he know about mermaids?
Cesar throws around a lot of fancy design words and spends about 1o minutes per look telling us how it’s hand painted or hand dyed. We get it. Everything’s a different color. I have to say I kind of like this collection though. It looks ethereal and comfortable.
Morris Day’s water goddess:
And Cesars finger painting:
I should be nice, the dye work is actually pretty gorgeous. And then, it’s time for whatever weird shit CalTran’s come up with. Can’t wait. Dom all about the undone edges on her shorts, and CalTran just talks about how great he is.
Here is Dom:
And now, for CalTran!
And I have to say, I liked it! I don’t know about the models trudging through the fake snow though – kind of depressing. But I really liked the collection.
But then it’s time for judging. In addition to the new LB, we have Gilles Mendel, a designer. First up for discussion is House of Emerald. Did you know that Cesar’s garments were all hand dyed? Tie dyed? Hand painted? For the most part they liked his looks, but they hated the one with the puffy coat. Iman accuses Cesar of blaming it on the fabric.
Morris Day’s look gets alternatively applauded and critiqued for his leggings. They love one of his dresses, but they all hated the crown. New LB says it looks like a bad prom queen.
So let’s see House of Nami! They are of course immediately recognized for taking a risk. New LB says something about the models looking miserable on account of not having shoes. They love Dom’s shorts – Isaac calls them psychotic, but in a good way. Her dress and coat is not a hit though, they think it’s just droopy,
And finally up for judgement, CalTran. Iman loves his camel colored coat and the edges. Not too many details, says Isaac approvingly. But they are not fans of the pregnancy look. Isaac tells him he doesn’t like it enough to hate it. New LB thinks it looks like an ad for back pain.
And then, the final judgement. ”Only one house has given us the ultimate collection,” says Iman. The winners of this challenge each get a Ford Edge, and a spot in the finale. And the winner is…
CalTran and Dom!
They are of course delighted and overcome. Iman calls their designs marvelous. Isaac calls them fresh and audacious. And they are in the finale!
So who goes home – Cesar or Morris Day? I know it’s going to be Cesar, cause they seem to just love Morris Day. But wait! They have one last chance! Backstage, there are sewing machines, fabric and everything they might need….to recreate their weakest look! In 45 minutes!
They run around like crazy, but are generally positive and go with the flow.
Excuse me – but why wasn’t I featured more this season?
And they come out with improvements. Of course Cesar redesigns a whole dress, and it’s gorgeous. He further amuses me by standing there looking like a stoned Don Johnson.
Morris Day doesn’t seem to have done nearly as much – his shirt looks chopped up, but Isaac makes a big deal about loving the rolled up sleeves.
But now they have made the judges decision even harder. Cesar makes everything beautifully. Morris Day makes original stuff. Each judge writes down the name of the designer they want to go to the finale. Suspense!
First ballot – Morris Day. Second ballot – Morris Day. Third ballot…Morris Day! Morris Day is going to the finale! So actually, not much suspense at all. They may as well just told him.
Iman tells Cesar that he’s out of fashion, and I’m sorry but I feel he got gypped too. Cesar also agrees that he should not be the one going home, big surprise. Morris Day is a little giddy that he beat Daddy.
I have to say, these were probably the last three I would have picked to be still standing at the end of this thing, but here we are …see you for the finale!