Tim begins the show telling the designers that he doesn’t have the adequate words to describe how proud he is of them, but I’m not sure I believe him. Maybe he’s just not trying hard enough. Heidi tells them that they will have nine grand and five weeks to complete their collections. THEN, she tells them that only three of them will actually be competing for the big prize. Somebody’s going to be eliminated after creating a collection.
Tim does his famous home visits, beginning with Christopher in Long Island. He lives with his parents and works in the basement, near the corner china cabinet. I’ve never seen Tim so positive about someone’s work before the big day. He loves everything, though I’m not sure the judges will be as wild about his back X-ray turned print. He actually just turns a picture of an X-ray into a print. I’m not sure Nina’s going to be into that. We meet Christopher’s sisters (adorable) along with his boyfriend, Ryan.
Next, Tim goes all the way to Manhattan, where Fabio is working. Jason, Fabio’s boyfriend, is there. His Brazilian mom is also there and she seems great too. Fabio is dreaming hard about this and it’s kinda beautiful. Tim likes his work in the beginning, which Fabio describes as Cosmic Tribalism, but it goes downhill. Tim is bothered by a lot of little details, though he stresses that Fabio’s currently collection has a lot of potential to impress. Poor Fabio is beside himself.
Then, Tim crosses the... Hudson River to see Dmitry in Jersey City. He shows him his collection and it doesn’t seem like Tim is really that excited by it. Dmitry asks him if he likes the color selection that he made for the collection and Tim just says no. Tim also wonders if there are enough surprises in the collection. Dmitry tells us that he wants to be successful so that he can give back to his family who let him explore his creativity always.
On to Melissa’s place in San Francisco. It looks like she gained a lot of confidence at home. Her collection is out of this world and Tim really responds to it. He notices her confidence. Then, she takes him on a boat ride with her boyfriend Nick and her parents. Nick seems like a cool cat. He doesn’t say a word. Her parents are absolutely adorable.
Back in New York, at Yotel, the designers stay in a swank suite. They all seem so happy to see each other, which is so fun! Could this be the most generous (towards each other) group of designers in the history of the show? Melissa starts feeling some self-doubt as soon as they see each other’s collections. Tim comes in and tells them that they will be presenting their three top looks to the judges the next day.
Jesus, they all become terrified. On the runway, Dmitry’s looks are bananas. Christopher’s print looks a lot better on the runway. Fabio’s stuff is super cool and toes the line between polished and chill. Melissa’s stuff all looks really cool and nicely made, though we have seen a lot of it before. Afterwards, the judges were generally complimentary to Fabio, though they felt it should be more luxurious. Nina could see that Dmitry worked very hard on his collection, but she’s not wild about the styling. Michael doesn’t think that it’s cool enough. They felt that Christopher’s volume was not nearly enough. Heidi uses the word "boring." They’re torn on the print. They also wanted more from Melissa. Michael said that the wigs she used were hideous. Nina isn’t thrilled that most of her collection is black and white.
In the end, they are all going to Fashion Week. BUT, they have 2 days to reorganize and restyle their collections. Before the big show!
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Previously: It was the avant-garde challenge! Nothing too crazy this time around. It suddenly became a plot point that Sonjia was not living up to her potential as a designer, seeing as she had won multiple challenges and all. Dmitry won the challenge, while newly anointed slacker Sonjia was sent home.
So, this takes place some time after the last runway show. It seems like they could have done it immediately after the last elimination, but everyone is wearing different clothes. Which still could have been planned. Apparently, I really need to get to the bottom of this. Anyway, all of the designers are sitting by the runway, wearing clothes that are different from the duds they donned for the elimination. Heidi enters, also wearing a new outfit. Who do we trust? I'm going to stop talking about this now. But, I feel it's my duty to make sure everyone has seen The Real Dragwives from TWoP alumnus DJB. It's hysterical and you should see it and the possibilities for future reenactments are endless. If I were to cast the people on the screen with some of the queens, I'd go with Raja as Heidi, Manila Luzon as Christopher (and the boys would have to be done in a boys-as-girls-as-boys fashion), Raven as Dmitry, Pandora Boxx as Melissa and Rebecca Glasscock as Fabio.
Heidi congratulates the designers and asks them how they feel. All but Fabio say "amazing" or something happy like that, while Fabio is "nervous." Heidi says that he should be nervous and he hangs his head and giggles and says, "I know." Wow. Guys. I love him so much. He interviews that he's dying inside because he wants this so much. Then, Heidi calls Tim to the stage. Fabio says "aw" as Tim comes out and tells the designers that he doesn't even have adequate words to describe how proud he is of them. Well, he could at least try. Heidi says that the designers will all be given nine grand and five weeks to complete their collections.
Then, she says that they are not all guaranteed a place in the Final Three. Well, obviously, because of the differences between four people and what "three" means. But, why is there a Final Three? What's the point? I wonder if more people showed at Fashion Week this year as decoys. Maybe she's saying this because they are all going to be showing, but they may knock someone out of the running if their collection isn't strong enough? Everyone groans at the news. Christopher says that he would be devastated for anyone who would have to leave the competition at this point. Tim says that he will be visiting all of them at their homes and Heidi jokes that they'll need to clean up. Tim and Heidi leave the stage and we see their silhouettes give each other a little peck behind the scrim. Sure.