Everyone is worried about the judges focusing on them and their shortcomings. So, what's the challenge? Design for Nina Garcia. There's no escape. She hates everything. Seriously. She gives the designers a list of things she won't wear and, if I'm correct, the only things left are a nun's habit and ponchos. It's all brutal. She's smiling the whole time, but the consultations are... scary. I'm going to have nightmares. Her favorite thing to do is ask people if they have a "plan B" when they give her plan. Who has the time to have a plan B on this show? They don't even have time to brush their teeth -- I just don't see how they could be expected to make multiple plans. The winner of the challenge will be featured in Marie Claire editorial, as well as in an ad on the top of taxi cabs.
Anthony and Becky choose the same fabric, which, given the size of Mood, seems virtually impossible. You'd think someone who worked there could tip a sister off. Cecilia gets the doom score from the start. Kimberly also seems lost. Anthony skypes with his fiancé, who is 100% adorbs. Julie also seems to have trouble, but she's such a good salesperson you can't really figure out what it is until it's on the runway. Anya, bless her heart, cannot sew. It is becoming a problem. She's so damn cool though.
The guest judges are Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, and Kerry Washington (!) who is so pretty it's blinding. The producers are kind enough to put Anthony's and Becky's looks on the runway back-to-back. Kimberly seems to have pulled it out when her look makes it on the runway. The boys suggest to Anya that she dye her fabric and it turns out pretty smashing. Bryce and Cecilia seem like the clear bottom people. But, Bryce makes it through. Julie's in the bottom. Again. Kimberly is in the top! The judges kind of go crazy for her look. Anya is in the top again too! It's remarkable how likable she is. She makes this chic jumpsuit that everyone loves. Danielle lands herself in the bottom too with a her "auntie in the '80s" blouse and slacks. Joanna Coles makes a bunch of comments about what horrible things she would do if Nina were wearing the outfits that she doesn't like. I sensed a little bit of aspiration there.
The winner of the challenge is... Kimberly! Viktor was also in the top with Anya. The bottom two are Julie and Cecilia. And, Julie is out. That means three of my five top choices are out. And, all of my choices for people at the bottom have soared. I'm concerned about my judgment.
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Previously: Fallene couldn't dress giant ladies in a way that Kim Kardashian found rigorous enough. So, she went home. Honestly, Kim Kardashian? I guess some people really like her. And, she's pretty. And, I guess we care about her clothes. But, she's certainly one of the ringleaders of our cultural implosion. Put that on your wedding cake, Kimbo.
It's morning at the Atlas and Becky tells Cecilia that she's going to miss Fallene. She hopes that she's OK, because she was taking her elimination rather hard. She thinks that Fallene just couldn't handle the pressure of the things that they have to do in the competition. Wow, that's menacing. Makes it sound like there's some untelevised torture going down. Of course, that's part of the allure of this show for me -- those veiled hints delivered in hushed tones about crazy stuff that we just don't know about. I mean, what? What could it be? We've all been sleepy before. Is that what they're talking about? Because some lost sleep is not crazy enough. They act like it's A Clockwork Orange on this show. Which makes me love them. Julie says that Fallene gave her a great haircut and I can definitely see evidence of that. Becky and Cecilia discuss how they're feeling less nervous and Cecilia adds that she feels like she belongs there now.
In the boys' apartment, on the chalkboard, we see the words "Bring the Bald Guy Back!" Presumably, this refers to Josh C? I wish they would bring him back too. I really don't think he was meant to leave so early. And, though I'm not sure how his Mormonism would affect our relationship, I kind of think that Josh and I had a good thing going for a hot minute there. But, with him gone, Olivier and I can really just focus on each other. Pardon me while I organize my sticker collection and cat posters.
Bryce and Josh are having their morning coffee klatch. Bryce says that the time constraints made him panic, so he'd finish his design then realize it was crap. That actually sounds like the torture. That would make me feel crazy. He interviews that he knows the eyes of the judges are on him and he doesn't want to look like the fuck up. Bryce seems like a fairly nice guy, but I have no idea of who he is as a designer. Up to this point, it has felt as if he was just trying to solve the problems of the challenges.
Here's Bert at the chalkboard and there's a finished game of Hangman on it. Someone lost. Anthony, Viktor and Olivier are grooming and Anthony says that he hopes the challenge isn't making something out of paper or whatnot. Viktor tells us that he feels he made a bad impact on the judges during the previous challenge. He doesn't want to be that guy. So, he wants to show the judges that much like Phoenix, he can be hot. See what I did there? OK, so Viktor. He's interesting. I think he's a genuinely nice guy, but I stand by the fact that I thought he was inappropriate with Bert during their challenge. It felt very high school. But, he's displaying a level of humility here that may have been earned then, so lesson learned? I don't know. I do know he looks awfully cute in his little blue boatneck tee. I'm in that place for this ep, folks. Everybody's cute and I have to talk about it.