Later, they have dinner on the deck of a boat on the Seine. There are red candlesticks on the white tablecloth, which I really like. These guys really deserve this. They have worked so hard. They all agree that, though the competition is not yet over, this is a nice time for them to just share as designers and enjoy. "Aren't we lucky?" asks Uli. I really love her. The all toast to Paris on the railing of the deck and, I'm not trying to break up any homes or anything, but Anthony Ryan's arm is around Joshua's waist and his hand drifts down ever so casually to his ass. I can't say that they make the most intuitive couple ever, but stranger things have happened. We see some truly beautiful shots of Paris. I think I might move there.
The next day, they go to the plaza near the Eiffel Tower and sketch on their HP tablets. They decide on things that are pretty typical for them. Emilio is going with color, Anthony Ryan is trying something completely different, etc. Next, they go to Janssens & Janssens. Wow, this shit is fancy. All of the fabrics are deep and beautiful and special. I wonder if Mood feels insulted that they traveled across the pond for their fabrics. Whatever, those guys are so rich from this show now. They can dry their tears with all of their dollars. They get 3000 Euros each for this challenge. That's like four thousand dollars! For one dress! This better look good. Seriously though. Anthony Ryan is going with black, which isn't something typical for him. I have to say, that's one of the things that I find really interesting about him. He mind is flexible enough and he has enough skill that he can try new and different things all of the time. I think it's what has made him so successful in this competition. That said, it may not be great for him in the marketplace. I'm not sure that I could really describe Anthony Ryan's aesthetic, except that it is modern and fairly young. Maybe that's enough. Emilio says that he didn't come to Paris to get black fabric (that's what Anthony Ryan is using, snap). He came here to find the most special fabric he has ever seen. He finds this really beautiful deep red fabric that appears to have some sort of brocade happening. It's very Emilio.
Josh finds this multi-colored floral fabric. It's insane and gorgeous. He says it's like Joshua and the Technicolor Couture Challenge. I think that Olivia Newton-John wrote the score for that. The make their final decisions about fabrics then hit the door. Then, it's on to the Valentino Couture Show! Oh my God, Josh and Anthony Ryan are wearing outrageous jackets. Joshua's is this snakeskin or black lamè get-up, very fitted. It's perfect for him, but I don't know if it's legal to wear during the daytime. Anthony Ryan's is this blue and white Van Gogh-looking thing. I can't imagine where he found it. If two people wore that jacket at the same time in the same STATE, I think there would have to be a fight to the death. Josh said that the experience of entering the Valentino show is an experience that he will hold onto forever. It was everything that he imagined and more. Emilio says that we have the "creme of the creme" of the world's fashion editors. Then, he names, in this order, Joanna Coles, Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. I mean, that's rich. I love Joanna and all, but...let's be real. The show is gorgeous. Uli loves that there is so much skin showing without the models seeming naked. Josh was fascinated by the cohesion in the show and how the simplest looks and the most complicated looks were still married. Afterwards, Joanna speaks to them and tells them to remember what Peirpaolo said about dreams. Couture is about magical thinking. I actually think what she said is better than what we heard him say, but maybe we missed something. She tells them that they have no time to waste and sends them on their way. And, it's back to New York.