Nora's dress is next. It is looking like only Austin went with the "sexy secretary/grandma's attic" theme. Everybody, including Nora, is doing the art deco. Her dress is really cute. Again, there's a low waist, although the hem of the dress is well above the knee. The skirt moves a lot and, with the shimmering quality of the fabric, it is fun to watch. There is an ice blue sash at the waist. She has added straps to the dress, which meet at the bodice with crystal brooches. Also, there are buttons on the back. It's cute, though now it seems a bit busy. Nora says she would love for her dress to be produced by Banana Republic, because everyone in her hometown shops there. In other words, Nora doesn't give a rat's ass if those poseurs carry her design.
Robert's dress is next. It's an ice blue dress, knee-length, with leopard straps. Also, there are leopard panels in the skirt. This was a total mistake, and Robert seems aware. I wonder if he is aware that it's time to lose the cornrows. In an interview, Robert says that he can tell by the judges' reactions that he is at "the bottom of the barrel." The shape of the dress isn't hideous or anything, but the influences are too many and too varied. As well, the model, Josiane, is wearing a fur stole. Maybe Robert is using the "grandma's attic" theme. Maybe his grandma is Little Edie.
Heidi calls all of the designers onto the runway. The scores have been tallied. Alexandra, Wendy, Austin, Starr, Jay, and Robert have their names called and have to stand forward. The others leave the stage, because they haven't lost, but are not..."Newt"? Gingrich? Shit, is that the punishment for losing now? They call you Newt Gingrich? Oh. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Bravo needs to hook Heidi up with James Lipton for some diction lessons.
Heidi informs us that we are now down to "sixxxxxxx." Seriously, I thought my apartment had a gas leak, she hung onto that word for so long. I didn't notice until now, but Jay is wearing a nice sports coat, a gingham shirt, and a tie. He's really trying to sell it to the Banana. Of course, he has topped off the ensemble with a leather daddy hat, but let us give him some credit for trying. The models re-enter and stand by their designers. Austin is asked to explain his dress first. He says that he was interested in creating a winter floral party dress. All the while, Nina Garcia is shaking her head. Come on, Nina, the dress is not that bad. In fact, I like it a lot more than Kara Saun's dress. Nina asks Austin if the dress is connected to the crinoline petticoat action in the back, and he says that he didn't have time to do that. Nina is silent. I totally didn't expect this. The dress is really pretty! What about Kevin's dress? It's better? Maybe Austin's creation is a little too ornate or complicated. I don't know. I'm flummoxed.