The show starts with three days before the runway show. The designers still have their helpers! Tim comes on the first day surprises them -- they get $500 to go to Mood. They all joke about how Swatch, the Mood mascot, has gained weight. That was fun.
Back in the workroom, Amanda and Michelle are really on the same page, which makes Stanley sad because he has Richard. Patricia looks like she's flailing and Layana is worried that she doesn't even have twelve looks for the runway. We get the chance to catch up with Season 10 winner, Dmitry. He tries one of his dresses on Heidi, which looks OK. He tells us that he has admirers from all over the world but only names Germany and Australia. He's perfectly nice. I don't know why I'm picking on him, except that Australia and Germany do not a world make. Heidi tells him that she is always there to support him and it's really kind of sweet to see.
We again see that Patricia has a lot of work to finish. The show separates the hair and make-up consultations, which gives a nice perspective on how each is really different. Based on his critique, Stanley has to ask for help from the experts and it's really kind of cool to see. The same with Patricia. The hair guy recommends incorporating horse hair into the hair of the models and it looks really cool and modern. Tim consults and warns Michelle agains all of her accessories. She has a cool moment where she says that, if you listen to every criticism, you would walk the runway with a bowl of oatmeal. That's not untrue.
Tim tells Stanley that his collection is looking vintage. I can't tell if he's listening or not. Patricia is having problem. Her collection is not cohesive and it seems really lucky that she has someone as vocal as Layana working with her, because she is immediately translating Tim's critique into real time change. I feel like the relationship between Tim and Patricia has been one of the neat things of this season. She really seems inspired by the things that he recommends.
OK, this show Devious Maids that Lifetime is advertising? I don't know what to say. It's either a boon for Latina actresses or horribly offensive.
At one point, the helpers leave and Tim introduces new visitors! Patricia's kids, Margeaux and Gabriel, are there to see her and it's so sweet I can't stand it. I think maybe they are twins? And Margeaux is a freaking KNOCKOUT. Manny and Cyril are there for Michelle and are incredibly impressed by what she has made. Steve is there for Stanley as well as his mother. Her name is Lovie. I can't stand it! How adorable is that? It's also sad to think that she just lost her daughter a year ago.
Tim tells everyone that they will have a little time to work backstage the next day at the fashion show. He tells them that Michael Kors will be the guest judge. Then, he gets emotional and tells them that he has never seen the strength of character that he has on this season. Stanley still has a ton of work to finish. It's looking scary. Michelle, though she never stops talking about Stanley's lack of preparation, helps him pack his stuff for the fashion show. That night, Michelle tells Patricia that she doesn't think he can even have a fashion show. Wow.
It's looking right now that Michelle is a shoo-in. With two hours before the show, Stanley employs his backstage sewers to do A LOT. It's so weird. I'm not sure what happened to him, aside from the dyeing mishap he had while at home. Michael Kors walks the runway with Heidi, Nina and Zac. Tim says to a camera that he has never seen anything like how Stanley is unprepared.
What has happened to Lifetime? There's an ad for A Sister's Revenge and the tagline is "Payback is a blond." I can't decide if that's brilliant or not.
Michelle's show is great, with an emphasis on tough fabrics worked into really pretty silhouettes. Fabio is in the audience! I'm not sure how I feel about Patricia's collection. It's certainly original, though in some sort of dated sense? Some of it is truly extraordinary though. She really edited herself with styling and I wonder if Layana had a lot to do with that. There's Melissa beside Fabio! I miss her.
There's a commercial break before Stanley's show, to capitalize on the tension that has been built up about his lack of preparedness. Does Jewel not know that there was already a movie about June Carter Cash? Sorry guys, the Lifetime ads are bonkers tonight. But, SHIT, y'all, the reunion show looks like it's going to be off the freaking CHAIN.
Michael tells the designers that he saw very distinct points of view from everyone. Michelle really sells her wolf motif to the judges. Her bleeding heart sweater is loved by everyone. Nina seemed to really love her collection and she loved the modular quality of a lot of her looks. Michael and Zac hated her final gown. Michael thought that she was just feeling like she needed a gown in the collection and she copped to doing that. Zac picks on her for not being as cool as she thinks she is and I love it.
Michael loves Patricia's lumberjack look! However, he thinks that a lot of her stuff looks like the art teacher on an acid trip. God, I've missed him. Heidi says that the audience loved her collection. It feels like Heidi is defending her appreciation for Patricia from Nina's disdain. Nina thinks that she needs to clean up her silhouettes.
Shit, Michael KILLS Stanley's final look. He says it's Betty White on Dancing With The Stars. Ouch.
From the judging, it seems that Michele's victory is an afterthought. Man, Stanley's downfall is kind of a surprise, considering his how well he did throughout the season. Nina is NOT into Patricia. Stanley is out. Patricia is… out. Michelle wins. You know, I really think she is awful, but her clothes are fine. Bring on the reunion.
Previously: The designers came back from their time away from the runway with three-look mini collections. Daniel got the boot, which sends Michelle, Patricia and Stanley to Fashion Week.
It's nighttime at the Intercontinental Hotel, where the final three are mulling over the day's events. Michelle says to Patricia and Stanley that she really thought that all four of them would be sent to Fashion Week and Patricia replies that their victory is bittersweet. Stanley is freaked out that he got so much criticism from the judges. He needs to raise his hems and modernize his styling. Patricia thinks that he is going to pull something out of his hat. Michelle mentions that Patricia is in edit mode now and she agrees. The judgers want her to make her collection more cohesive. Michelle tells the others that she is glad that it's the three of them and then she interviews that she has a "33.33333 % chance of winning this." It would mean the world to her. Stanley says that he is hungry to win. Patricia doesn't even have the words for how badly she wants to win.
The next day, the designers are back to work and they have their helpers! Amanda seems like she would be a really positive person to have around when you're feeling that frenetic end-of-the-line sort of energy that I'm sure all of them must be experiencing right now. She'd say something really calming in her dulcet alto, maybe sing a few bars of some Maroon 5, and you'd be as Zen as Gary Busey. Michelle seems very grateful. Patricia tells Layana that Zac and Heidi liked her collection but Nina thought it was too much. Then, she says that she doesn't care because Nina can't be a "right-wing conservative sometimes." I love that so much, mostly for the fact that Nina can't really be a right-wing conservative, can she? I don't know. I guess I'd never really considered it. It's funny to consider. It can't be. I love that Patricia gets so fierce when she's crossed. Like, when Stanley was bossing her and she said that he looked like the asshole. Stanley tells Richard that they have a lot of work to do because some of their stuff failed majorly on the runway.
Tim shows up and congratulates all of them for making it to Fashion Week. He tells them that he is so proud of them, then he kind of shudders at the memory of the runway show the day before. That was a pretty epic judging. Richard is wearing the nuttiest pants right now. They remind me of Jams from the '80s. Jams crossed with Bea Arthur. Certainly, no one ever needed to go to that intersection ever. So, thanks a lot for that, Rich. Tim says that they will have their make-up consultations today. He reminds them to consider the entire arc of their show when deciding upon make-up options.