Hey, there's Fabio and Melissa! I miss them. An Anya/Fabio tropical vacation is still near the top of my list of things that I want but will never happen. Heidi looks gorgeous in a graphic romper and black blazer. Her speech is really sort of a love fest. She tells Zac and Nina and Michael that she loves them all. Michelle is first and out on the runway. We see her family rooting for her on the front row. Her show begins and it all seems the same to me. It's all super padded and armor-y. The cuts are very feminine, but the fabrics seem so "durable" that I imagine a lady would have to be very thin in order to not look bulky in these outfits. That said, I feel like all of the waistlines and hems are perfect. There's one look that has a built-in scarf that she has tied like a necktie. That's a mistake. She says that this collection is like the poem that she wanted to write, but through clothing. Her fancy coat comes out and looks a lot better without the many clip-on bags. She took Tim's advice and made that chartreuse neckpiece black and it really works! Her wolf sweater is very cool, though I don't know how much the chaps really do for me. The bleeding heart sweater is very cool. Her final gown is red with tons of studs. She knocks her hat askew as she walks onstage to applause, but gamely takes it off and just holds it.
Patricia comes onstage and tells the audience that her name is Water Lily and her American name is Patricia. Her collection is inspired by trees. And so it begins. I mean, I really admire Patricia so much. She has such an authentic voice. I'm not sure I like how it sounds. Or, that she knows how to control it. That's pure creativity though. That matters to me. Fashion is so derivative and cyclical and sometimes it's hard to know if someone's talent lies with thinking up something new or curating their own knowledge of past trends. With Patricia, even if you're not exactly loving what you're seeing, it feels like it comes from a place that is authentic and pure. I dig her. That said, I don't really like any of the first four looks that walk. The first print is nice but the fabric seems cheap to me. The chartreuse and gray print over the red? I can't even imagine what she might have been going for there. Her horsehair headpieces are strange and delightful. I think I sort of like the lumberjack shirt and short combo. I'm still digging the cape. And, her blue dress with all of the sequins looks like it's made of clouds. Michael Kors looks like he does not know what to make of this though.