The designers are challenged to create new looks for real people who are the friends of other real people (who nominated them for the makeover). Per usual, most of the designers are MORTIFIED that they are working with normals; except, oddly, for Gunnar. This challenge is perfect for him and his client is even more perfect. She's just a sweet lady who wants to look pretty, which, luck would have it, is exactly who Gunnar's target audience is. Ven is really put off by having to design for a plus-sized client, which is ironic since he is plus-sized. I understand that the genders dress differently, but he dresses himself so why does it seem like such a freaking Sisyphean feat to dress someone else like that? Seriously, he can't stop bitching about it.
Fabio's feeling really confident and he should because his client is adorable. Also, he gets to talk to his boyfriend, Jason, on Skype. The boyfriend is really cute, obviously. We finally get to see him speak and stuff and it's awesome! Nathan's client is looking for something that really verges on vulgar. Tim comes in and advises Gunnar to edit some of the colors that he has intended. Everyone is disappointed and offended by Ven, who talks about how his client has no style or shape. Alicia is working with pink and frilly materials, so she seems a little out of her element.
Maybe the editors are unfurling the Elena Redemption Arc? Even though she's her traditional abrasive self, it's inflected with a lot of humor. She backhandedly compliments Gunnar's design and he just laughs it off. Also, she works really well with her client. The clients come in for a fitting and they've already had their hair make-over. She's still a total animal though. Fabio's model loves his dress when she comes in for her fitting. Ven makes his poor girl feel really fat. It makes EVERYONE uncomfortable. Man, he really can't stop talking about how easy everyone else has it with their skinny models.
The day of the runway show, Ven is so rude to his girl. He makes her feel like a total cow. Is Ven not aware that he's double the size of any other designer on the show? It just seems like he wouldn't want to make anyone else feel like that. I mean, it's only fair to point out that his client also has the personality of a wet dishrag, but he's not exactly a glass of champagne.
Alice Temperley, British fashion designer, is the guest judge this week. Honestly, I think a lot of the dresses look pretty good. Gunnar's and Fabio's seem like highlights, though Christopher's look is really cute too. Melissa, Christopher, Elena and Alicia are safe after the show. Dmitry, Gunnar and Fabio have the high scores, while Ven, Nathan and Sonjia are in the bottom. While the winners are being praised, the losers go backstage and Alicia says to a whining Ven that his client's size is not the problem with his look. Awesome. Fabio wins the challenge! Yay! This is the best.
When it's elimination time, Heidi says that one or "maybe more" of them will be out. Then, she tells Nathan that he's out. He's a good sport about it but he's so upset. Sonjia is in. Then, it's just Ven on the runway. She tells him that he's in. Tim comes in and tells Nathan that he's sad to miss someone with as much character as him. Gosh, I wish we'd gotten to spend more time with him.
Previously: The designers were creating pieces for a collection for the working woman. Gunnar was feeling a lack of respect from his fellow designers. Also, he's not a fucking tailor. Alas, he did receive some grief from the judges for his fairly dowdy look. Elena was a nightmare, which is no surprise. Melissa finally won a challenge! And, Raul was sent home again.
It's morning at the Atlas Building and it looks like no one wants to wake up. Melissa calls gently from her bed over to Elena and tells her that it's time to wake up. If Elena had screamed at me the way she did at Melissa during the last challenge, I'd let the bitch sleep, at least so long that she wasn't able to properly brush her hair before leaving. In the boys' apartment, Christopher (who I've been told I'm being too hard on; I say that he may be ultimately a fun and nice dude but the Andrea Runway Moment sticks out in my head as a particularly mercenary moment in the history of this show) is sleeping and Ven wakes him up by pulling his blanket down. He does NOT like that and kicks Ven. They both sort of laugh though so it's all in good humor. Christopher says, "God! Make me some coffee." Ven complies.
In the girls' apartment, Sonjia says that she thinks it's time to get rid of some of the guys. "Get some of these Silk Chiffonies out of here." OK, so I touched on this briefly during the last recap, but someone said "Silk Chiffonzies" in the beginning, which is so much better. And seriously, with as much manipulation as you know takes place behind the scenes, someone couldn't have said, "Hey, go back to that other way of saying that. It's better?" Bugger.
Dmitry tells Fabio and Gunnar that he is really ready to win one of the challenges. He has been close a couple of times and he just thinks it should happen now. Fabio makes a lot of sympathetic grunt-like acknowledgments. Gunnar just sort of stares with that half-grin of his. Dmitry interviews that he wants to prove that he's one of the top designers there but he's beginning to lose his confidence. This guy is really starting to grow on me. I think the serious and affectless and not horrible designer is sort of my favorite archetype now. As they're all heading out the door, Christopher wonders aloud if they couldn't sleep in just for one day. "No," replies Nathan.
Heidi greets them all on the runway. She tells them that for their new challenge they will have some new clients. Then, jazzy guitar music and people are walking down the runway. Men and women, they don't look like there's anything particularly uniform about them. Elena says that they don't look like they have anything to do with fashion. Once they are all in place and the guitar stops, Heidi says that the people onstage aren't exactly their new clients. Melissa wonders what the hell is going on. The designers kind of groan and the people onstage giggle at their discomfort. Heidi explains that the people next to her have friends who are in desperate need of a makeover. Heidi asks the designers if they are willing to help them out and Dmitry asks joshingly, "Do we have a choice?" Laughs. Heidi answers, "No."