Carolyn greets the designers and tells them that they are going to Paris! They are so completely excited. Once in Paris, they go to the House of Valentino. Joanna is there! They meet the creative directors of Valentino. They take the designers to the couture sweatshop where little ladies are sewing their brains out. They get a really valuable lesson in choosing fabrics and the couture process. Then, they get invitations to their fashion show the following evening! Josh turns into a complete lunatic, he’s so excited.
Afterwards, they have dinner on a boat traveling the Seine. This show just got CLASSY. Work it, Lifetime. They have a lovely time reflecting on their good luck. As they have a toast overlooking the water, I swear that I see Anthony Ryan grab Joshua’s ass. Back in the gutter.
The next day, they start sketching for their challenge, which is to create a couture inspired gown. They all seem inspired to go bold. Their budget is three thousand Euros! That’s nuts! At the fabric store, they go crazy over all of the fancy things. Later, they go to the fashion show. It’s pretty sexy. There’s a lot of skin showing and it’s dreamlike, which I think will be quite an inspiration for the designers.
After the show, they immediately get back on a plane and are back to work. Anthony Ryan is really tired. They are all feeling the tension of the finish line being close. Joanna comes in for a consultation. She worries that Emilio’s trimmings may overpower his look. She thinks that Uli’s look is trending a little gladiator. She just doesn’t understand what Joshua is doing. He has this floral print that no one thinks is very couture. Anthony Ryan started over with his look and he doesn’t have much time left.
The models come in for their fittings. Y’all, Josh’s floral print. I don’t know. Anthony Ryan is really struggling though. He seems like he’s really doubting himself, but pulls it together in the end.
Carolyn comes out and asks the designers what their favorite part of the show was. The fashion show is the unanimous answer. The guest judge is designer Cynthia Rowley! The show opens with Josh. I don’t know. Two clashing fabrics, but it’s interesting? I don’t know. Anthony Ryan’s is sleek and well-made, but fairly rote in its design. Uli’s is interesting. Her styling is pretty cool too. Emilio’s is beautiful and voluminous, but not particularly dream-like.
Anthony Ryan and Emilio get kudos. Uli gets slammed for her lining, because Isaac doesn’t think it looks like couture. Josh doesn’t get exactly destroyed for his mix of print and lace, but no one’s loving it. Anthony Ryan wins the challenge! He’s going to the finale! Emilio is safe. Oh my gosh, it’s down to Uli and Josh. They have one more challenge. They are told to deconstruct their gowns and make something new. Weird. They have one hour. They have to do it on the runway, too. This is kind of badass. They finish and Uli gives Josh a big hug. Everyone loves what Josh did (reversed his bodice and shortened his skirt). Cynthia thinks Uli is telling the judges to eff off in a funny way because the lining is the main part of her new dress. But, they all love Uli’s too. Wow, this is tense. Anthony Ryan and Emilio don’t know what the hell is going on. Uli is… in. Poor Josh was so close. Uli interviews that she feels bad for Josh at the same time that she’s happy for herself. You can tell how sad Josh is. I think he really needed that prize.
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Previously: The designers created looks for women who had served/do serve in the military. Katie Holmes was a guest judge. She got to announce that Joshua was the winner of the challenge. Anthony Ryan and Emilio were in the bottom, but they both got passed through! Neither look was bad enough to be eliminated.
We start on the runway. Carolyn enters wearing this smashing ensemble of a melon colored blouse and tangerine slacks. This woman is so freaking beautiful in everything. Her agent deserves like a big fruit basket or something for recommending that she do this show. I feel like it has upped her stock and reminded everyone of how amazing she is. She reminds everyone that there are only three spots in the finale. Their challenge is to create a couture look. She reminds them that a couture look is known for its expensive fabric, attention to detail and custom tailoring. Anthony Ryan says in an interview that couture scares him because of the amount of time necessary to do it correctly. He sounds like he's trying to swallow a burp right now. Hey, I know it's gross, I'm just trying to report the truth right now. They'll be shopping for their fabrics at Janssens & Janssens...in Paris! While there, they have received an invitation to visit the showroom of the House of Valentino. Damn.
They have to go and promptly pack. Everyone is super exciting. Next, we see beautiful shots of Paris. They make their way to the House of Valentino and it's spectacular. The interiors are what you would expect, opulent and gilded. Uli and Anthony Ryan hug each other and she says, "Do you know where we are?" Anthony Ryan says that he doesn't want to touch anything for fear that the law of the land is "you break, you buy." Then, Joanna Coles enters the room. Everyone seems excited to see each other. They all hug her, which I think is the first time I've seen that. She tells them that she is thrilled to introduce them to two of the fashion world's most influential creative forces. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Peirpaolo Piccioli, Valentino's creative directors, enter the room. They are chic as hell. They say that they are very excited to have them there and they want to show them their couture work, which is upstairs. There are like 20 foot ceilings in that room.
Upstairs, a bunch of what appears to be only women are sewing madly on beautiful dresses. They inspect all of the beautiful fabrics and handiwork. Peirpaolo says that they are in a magic world where dreams come true. Anthony Ryan says that the experience of watching them work and seeing how they choose fabrics is invaluable. Later, when they are all sitting down, Maria and Peirpaolo tell them that they would like for them to come to their couture fashion show the following day. They lose it, but especially Josh. He says that he is like a straight guy at a baseball game. Joanna thanks them very much for their hospitality and they depart.