And then the opening girls are announced! A very happy Alisha is opening for Anndra Neen, Annalise will open Julian Louie, and Sohie will be opening for both Siki Im and Giulietta. Too bad for the Americans and Catherine, eh? They all still get to walk in the shows, though, which is better than slumping in the corner and pouting. With two hours to go before the runway show, the girls are visited backstage by some of the esteemed judges. And really, is there anyone prettier on earth than Georgina Chapman? It's almost not fair to the models to be in the same room with her. The other luminaries include Giovanna Battaglia, Contributing Fashion Editor for W; Derk Blasberg, Editor of VMAN and fashion writer; Elizabeth Saltzman, who is a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair; Georgina's colleague at Marchesa, Keren Craig; and Francisco Costa, Women's Creative Director at Calvin Klein. I don't know why I bothered to type out all those names and titles, as only Georgina and Francisco actually talk. They engage in a Q&A, and Catherine asks if personality is more important than look when casting a model. Francisco explains that it's not personality per se, but rather choosing a character that will fit with the show. Georgina tells them to be confident in who they are, put aside insecurities, and own their looks, because that will make people look at the clothing. But what fun is it to watch a bunch of pretty, confident young women? This is exactly why The Real Housewives franchise does so well.
With that, it's five minutes to the start of the runway show! Poor Seymone can't get her big fat foot into whatever shoe has been assigned her. Crisis! But not? I guess it's all fine. Alisha steps out for Anndra Neen, looking very Hepburn-esque in a white suit and fantastic jewelry. The Anndra Neen designers seem to be quite happy with her. We see the other ladies walking in the show, and they really do look like they're on Quaaludes. Why is everything so slow and boring? Catherine is worried that she's going to fall, but doesn't. Anticlimax! Next is the Siki Im show, which Sophie opens. Siki himself says that she was very dynamic, despite all evidence to the contrary, and thinks she can be a world-class model. Seriously, why does everyone look so dull? I guess this is what fashion shows are like. What I wouldn't give for just a little bounce, or hint of a smirk! Giulietta is next, also opened by Sophie. She really does look lovely, and the Giulietta designer notes that she has a certain Twiggy-esque something about her. This is a big plus in a retro-inspired line. Annaliese then opens for Julian Louie, looking a bit angry in her tennis-inspired dress. Though Cutrone is normally haunted by Annaliese (in a bad way), she thinks she did really well in the show.