Kenley has problems zipping Topacio into a dress. She tells her to suck in and there's a moment where it doesn't seem like anyone is breathing. Then, it zips up. Kenley screams in relief and says that she was about to give up. It's showtime. We see Korto's family sitting in the front row! She interviews that she loves her collection. She loves her two new dresses. She thinks that all of her pieces relate to each other. There's Kenley's family. They look decidedly upper-middle class for the rough and tumble tugboat upbringing that she described. Kenley thinks that she is going to win. She thinks her collection looks great. Leanne is in awe...of herself. She's really proud of what she has been able to put together. There's her family. She says that she is exhausted but her heart is pounding.
On the runway, Heidi enters in a lovely black dress. She introduces our judges -- Michael, Nina, and... there's an empty chair. She tells us that Jennifer Lopez was going to be the guest judge, but she had a foot injury. In what will sadly be overlooked come awards season as the best piece of sound editing of the TV year, you don't hear any laughter. You know they cut that shit out. Jennifer Lopez stayed home because she hurt her foot? Doesn't she have a couple of guys carry her everywhere in the first place? That's amazing. So, who is the guest judge? Tim Gunn enters the runway to crazy applause. Kenley sees this from the monitor backstage and says, "Are you kidding? OK, maybe I should have improved my attitude." This is kinda crazy when you think about it. Leanne and Korto don't even look thrilled. He's seen every little quirk in your design and knows what imperfections you are trying to hide. Tim says that he will be impartial and unbiased. He also promises to put his relationships with the designers "on a metaphorical shelf." It's time to start the show.
Here's Kenley. She's wearing this little Isabelle Blow-style mobile of leaves on her head. I'm usually a secret fan of Kenley's headgear, but this piece is a little too haute for the rest of her bobbysoxer outfit. She says that she was inspired by painting and "fantasy things." She says with a lump in her throat that she made her dream wardrobe and her mother nods along with her with a huge smile on her face. Her dad, meanwhile, looks like he's at an Amway meeting. Dude looks totally incredulous. I'm sensing some daddy issues up in here.
And we begin. The first dress is a strapless cocktail dress in black. It's fitted and ends above the knee. At the waist, a sort of cape/2nd skirt is attached. It's a fuchsia print with black and fuchsia stripes on the underside. The dress itself is nice and there is some asymmetrical pattern at the neckline. The fabric is almost cut into a flower. However, I hate the 2nd skirt. It looks tacked on and like a Barbie outfit. Don't ask me how I know that part.