I’m gonna miss Peach a lot. This week, the designers start at Nine West. They’re told that they have to make a disco-inspired party outfit. They each have to choose a Nine West shoe as inspiration. Anthony Ryan gets to choose first, then he chooses the next person and so on. I guess Laura is being called Laura Kathleen? The winning design will be featured in the Nine West Fall campaign. Andrae’s feeling the pressure to create a look that doesn’t need explanation. Wendy Pepper really loves Rayon, which I honestly never would have predicted in a million years, but good for them.
From the beginning, Casanova seems inspired but maybe in trouble. Joanna comes in and she’s looking pretty chic. She warns Kayne of Many Colors that his stripes need to match on his pants. Then, she proceeds to hate just about everything. She thinks that Ivy’s look is too tame and Ivy says that she’s mostly thinking about the design being in the Nine West Fall campaign. She reminds Emilio that there was no good taste in the '70s. After the first day of work, it looks like everyone is in trouble. Andrae, in particular, is trying to force the disco theme into his narrow aesthetic of structural organza and whatnot. Later that night, they have a dance party in the workroom, which is maybe the most fun I’ve ever seen any of the designers have ever. Naturally, they give the moment a total of 15 or so seconds of screentime.
At the hotel, Karl Lagerfeld is on a video giving advice to the designers. He tells them to take their work very seriously but to have fun. The next day, Andrae is still having problems. The models come in for their fittings and everyone is working until the last minute. Rafe Totengo, the creative director of Nine West, is the guest judge. Emilio’s color palette is brilliant! Wendy’s look is sort of trashy and mostly '90s. Anthony Ryan’s look is meh. Casanova’s dress is pretty awesome to me. I love Ivy’s green and gold combo, but the look is pretty boring. Uli’s look is someone else’s disco, but beautiful. Laura’s look is a draped jumpsuit that’s gorgeous. Althea made a Valley Girl outfit. I’m having problems deciding whether Kayne of Many Color’s gold top and flowing pants are amazing or the worst.
After the show, Carolyn calls out Emilio, Althea, Anthony Ryan, Laura Kathleen, Joshua and Rayon are all safe. Poor Andrae already feels that he’s in trouble. Wendy, Kayne of Many Colors and Andrae are in the bottom. Ivy, Uli and Casanova are in the top. I am distracted by how FREAKING unworldly beautiful Georgina Chapman is.
The designers return and Casanova is in. Uli is the winner! So, that means Ivy is in. Kayne is safe. So is Andrae! That means Wendy is out. Uli says backstage that her behavior didn’t match her reputation and she was very nice. She says that she’s going to stay friends with Rayon. He calls himself “Blue Suede.” He’s on the spectrum.
Previously: We met our rag tag group of all-stars. They were split into two teams and had to make a mini collection. Anthony Ryan was the winner of the challenge. Andrae and Peach were in the bottom and poor Peach got sent home.
I think that maybe Carolyn Murphy went to some voiceover classes. Her explanation of the prize package is so polished and news anchor-y. Diane Sawyer would be proud. Or, perhaps she would plot to have this Carolyn Murphy creature out of her way. Forever.
The designers meet Carolyn at the Nine West showroom. Rayon interviews that it was "shoe heavenorama." That makes me want to rip his fucking tongue out Game of Thrones-style. Isn't saying it's heaven ENOUGH? You add that stupid "orama" to something that is an object and there's a place that's all about that object. Heaven is already fucking HEAVEN. Honestly, I'm breathing fast right now. Carolyn greets them and introduces Stefanie Greenfield who is the Chief Creative Officer of The Jones Group (that owns Nine West). She tells the designers that their challenge is to create a party look inspired by disco. This is gonna be classy. Wendy Pepper laughs and says, "Finally. My era." She seems in remarkably gentle spirits these days. It's unnerving. I wonder if maybe the other designers defused the Wendy bomb by being nice to her last week. She reminds us in an interview that she lived through the ''70s.
They will be choosing shoes from the '70s brights trend and their model will wear the shoe on the runway, therefore the look they make has to consider the shoe that they choose. Anthony Ryan gets to choose first, then he chooses Ivy. She chooses a gold shiny shoe, then chooses Casanova. He chooses Emilio. He chooses Althea. She chooses Uli. She chooses Kayne of Many Colors. He chooses Josh. He chooses Rayon. Rayon chooses Wendy "Pepper, not salt" which touches her. Laura Kathleen is chosen next and interviews that no one likes her. Can't argue there. That means that Andrae gets the remaining shoe. Carolyn tells him that she has faith that he will make something beautiful.
They're going to have 30 minutes to sketch at the Nine West showroom, then they'll have a day to finish the look. They will be judged on how well they translate the disco stuff into a modern look. Also, the winning designer will be featured in the Nine West Fall campaign! That's huge.