Hair and makeup goes into effect and Tim comes in to give them the 10-minute warning. Madness ensues. Louise breaks a needle. Johnny stabs his model with a needle. And Althea comes close to a breakdown from stress because she wishes she had more time to finish her design. Why she won't take Irina's suggestion to staple the thing together, I don't know. Tim comes in to hustle them all to the runway and give them one last rally to be fabulous. I can see Carol Hannah's model in the background, and she looks amazing, so I am excited to see her dress. The look Tim shoots Logan's model as she runs out the door is hilariously telling -- man, that dress is awful.
Heidi arrives on the runway and reviews the challenge: in, aut, tables were turned, designing for your models, etc. Do y'all ever wonder how many times Heidi has to give these speeches for the camera? She works so hard to be so precise in what she is saying. I would love to see the outtakes where she gets tongue-tied and starts cussing in German. I love Heidi -- every time she says "NEE-NA GAH-CEE-A" I fall out. Our beloved regular judges are out this week, and filling in are designer Marc Bouwer and another Marie Claire editor, Zoe Glassner. Filling out the panel this week is Jennifer Rade, costume designer and stylist to the stars. I miss Michael Kors, terribly, and nothing will replace the inherent evil of Nina Garcia, but I like the guest judge element. I wish they would let Tim weigh in every once in a while after everything is said and done. I suppose that would not be fair, though.
Qristyl's dress is out first and it is not quite the disaster I had anticipated. It seems to hang well, in any case, and Valerie would look good in a flour sack, so though it is not exactly exciting, it is okay .
Nicolas is thrilled with his white sheath dress with a high, futuristic collar. His model, Celine, looks fantastic and he feels like he has a chance of winning the challenging. He also feels like his dress is very well-tailored, although there is some gapping on the sides of the dress when she arches her back too much. Still, it looks great, if not a tad Trekkie. I mean, just a little -- her severe hairstyle is making that more noticeable.
Irina's dress is out next, and... I have concerns. She is one of the only designers to have used a pattered fabric for the dress, and it is quite pretty. Or, at least I think it is, but it's hard to tell because of this belted shrug jacket she has over it that makes the whole thing come off really boring to me. With her little clutch purse, flower belt and conservative shoes, she looks like she's going to Sunday School.