Is Nina taking Valium or something? She is seriously subdued tonight, even when twisting the knife in her favorite voodoo doll, Gordana. She says for the millionth time that she just doesn't know who Gordana "is" as a designer. I have to put it in quotes, because it's so dumb. I'm sorry -- I get what they mean when they repeatedly say this about Gordana, but the thing is, she doesn't lack vision, she's just NICE. And kind of normal. And they don't know how to deal with such a creature at all. Heidi says it's been hit and miss with Gordana.
Finally, the decision is made. Heart attack time. Heidi tells Irina that she has consistently performed well and today was no exception. "You're going to Fashion Week." Irina thanks everyone and leaves. I think it is really hard for Heidi when she has to tell Christopher that he is going home. They believe, she says, that he needs more work before going on to the big leagues, but really appreciate that he can see beauty in the unusual. "Remember, that is a strength that you have," Heidi says. "Never lose that." The poor thing. He goes back to the green room and must receive condolences from Irina. It really does break my heart, but the judges were so right.
Heidi tells Carol Hannah that though they did not see the inspiration of the Getty in the dress she made, they think it was very well done, and that she is talented. She is going to Fashion Week! She naturally bursts into tears.
Thus, in a cruel twist of fate, Althea is left on the runway with Gordana. Poor Gordana, she has to hear the drums of doom. I want to smack Heidi when she says that the judges considered Gordana's dress beautiful, but thought it had construction issues. Every single week they are all over her about how good a seamstress she is, but that she isn't creative enough, and this week they reverse it. It doesn't matter, because they were never going to let her go, but STILL. Just call it what it is -- you don't LIKE her for some reason. She's too old, or too reserved, or too normal or whatever. They keep the drama ramped by having Heidi tell Althea how disappointed they were in her look, but whatevs, Althea's going to Fashion Week. I mean, she deserves it, but I believe Gordana also deserves to go. Althea goes back to be congratulated, sort of, by everyone, and Gordana receives the kiss of doom. "I'm out," she says, as she goes back to the back room, and everyone hugs her. "Well," Carol Hannah shrugs, "it was a gorgeous dress." Tim comes back and says that he's sorry that five of them couldn't go to Fashion Week. Sadly, he has to send Christopher and Gordana to clean up their spaces.
Christopher says in his exit interview that he's lucky to have gotten to participate in every challenge. "I didn't get to create a 12-look collection for Fashion Week," he says, "but I got to create a 12-look collection on the runway." Natch, he's in tears as he says this, but who can blame him. Bless his heart, he's tired. Believe me, this month, I recognize sleep deprivation as the deadly disease it truly is.