This week, the designers are designing for Miss Piggy. Since she wears a lot of designer clothes, I'm not sure I understand what is special about the challenge, but, nonetheless, it IS the challenge. Most people go big and dramatic, but Gordana makes something soft and feminine. I honestly have watched it like three times and I am still not sure I understand exactly what happened, but Mondo and Kara appear to fight over a pair of gloves that were on the Neiman Marcus accessory wall. Beats me how you can claim anything that's on the wall, when it's right there and you could just go take it, meaning that ownership wouldn't be an issue because it would be in your actual possession -- but we have that problem.
You know, Austin has laid off the make-up a little and he looks absolutely adorable this week. Mila calls out Kara and Kenley (in an interview) for being needy and constantly wanting input from the other designers. Oddly, something about the non-human aspect of the challenge makes everyone create pretty interesting work. It's all dramatic and funny and cute.
There's a lovely moment were all of the designers are sitting around chatting and laughing and commiserating about how hard it is to be a designer. It's really nice. So, it's Kara who ruins that moment. She doesn't take the stuff she wants off the wall, then she's like, “Where's my stuff?” when someone else takes it.
Miss Piggy is the guest judge and she's amazing. It comes down to people being up to the challenge of creating something dramatic and FUN. For instance, Austin makes a really lovely dress that is made expertly, but it's not really fun. At least, it's not the right kind of fun. Rami, however, makes a dress that's ridiculous and it's perfect. Mila makes something so serious, even though it's mod. Gordana's dress is just not exciting at all and not flattering to the pig silhouette. Kenley makes the most delightfully sweet confection, but she gets points taken off for an oddly constructed bust line. Michael wins the challenge (though it should have been Rami). She wears it to the The Muppets movie premiere. Take that, Amy Adams. Gordana gets the boot for her sweet, completely not-dramatic dress. Miss Piggy tells her to not forget that she is an all-star as she walks off the runway. Miss Piggy does a real service to the ladies out there who are feeling self-conscious about their ears. Don't let them hold you back, big-eared ladies!
I love it when they cut right to it. Here's Angela Lindvall on the runway. She has really gorgeous legs. She tells the designers that their challenge is to create a flamboyant cocktail dress for one of the most famous fashionistas in the world. So, I guess "fashionista" is just totally part of the lexicon now, huh? It's not going the way of the "feminazi." I guess we'll all just have to deal with that.
Everybody has dressed this famous fashionista. Austin's guesses are Madonna, Cher and Lady Gaga. Man, if you could count the number of times Cher and Gaga have been invoked as possible judges. The name of the diva? Miss Piggy. Oh, hell yes. I used to listen to Miss Piggy's Aerobique Workout every day on my way to junior high and it is still like the very height of comedy genius in my mind. Everybody is psyched.
Apparently, Piggy needs a new dress to wear while promoting The Muppets. Anthony says that the show is really pulling out the talent from their toenails. I think I know what he means. Miss Piggy will judge the runway show! Michael says that he is so excited to design for her and she's a dream client. Well, that's just ridiculous. No one loves Miss Piggy like I do, but how would you even conceive to dream about designing for her. Whatever, I'm just being grumpy. They're only getting a day for the challenge.
Back at the workroom, everyone gets to work sketching. Mila says that knowing that luminaries such as Marc Jacobs and Burberry have designed specifically for Miss Piggy makes her feel that she shouldn't make anything too "silly" because they wouldn't do that. She's going to make a 60's mod look. Kenley says that she loves Miss Piggy. She grew up watching the movies and TV stuff and she reminds her of herself. That's not too far off, actually. There have been moments where I felt like Kenley's next move would most certainly be a vocalized karate chop. April says that Piggy has a lot of va-va-voom. Michael says that his 7-year-old loves Muppets Babies. I do too. Has there been a DVD release of that amazing cartoon yet? My cousins and I were obsessed with it, because we had good taste.
The designers head to Mood and Austin says that, while every designer does it differently, he usually knows what he's looking for when they get there. He's thinking a pink bow moment. Gordana is feeling the pink too. Austin says that he feels like everyone is having a lot of fun with this challenge.
Gordana says that, while it seems the other designers are making structured looks, she wants to make something free-flowing and feminine. Those are traits she associates with Miss Piggy. Now, she's feminine, but free-flowing and youthful? Not so much. Mondo thinks that her dress is lovely, but that it's not the right design for this challenge. She's not making enough of a statement.