First comes the love for Carol Hannah. They universally love it, especially how it juxtaposes softness with a harder edge. "It's really good to hear that y'all see the juxtaposition of the soft with the hard," CH says, "because that's really the core of my aesthetic." Heidi: "Did she just say 'y'all?'" Oh, Heidi. Come on down, girl. We will teach you are language. Carol Hannah laughs and reminds her that "I'm from Charleston!"
Moving on, the disemboweling of Logan begins. Kojii gamely tries to take the brunt for him, saying she asked for lace and feathers. Zoe Glassner makes the first cut: "I wrote down: No. Cheap. Tacky. Prom." I love, love, love that she just wrote "No" as one of her words. Heidi also wrote "prom." Marc says the top with all the lace just looks too thick and Logan explains he had to double-up the lace because when he got it back to the workroom he saw that it was kind of a floral lace. He admits that the 50s silhouette is not something he normally would present, and that he almost scrapped the poofy bottom to make a pencil skirt. "You totally should have," Jen Rade says. "That's a classic example of you have to listen to your first instinct." Then, not satisfied with crushing his soul, she sexually harasses him: "You're really cute," she says, looking him up and down hungrily. "and I like your pants and your sneakers." Whoa! His pants/sneakers strategy actually worked. Brilliant.
They move on to Epperson. Heidi asks Matar to explain her vision for the dress. Matar says she was looking for something that was both romantic and punk, and she also wanted something that was animal-inspired. "Why is that?" Heidi asks. "Do you feel like you have the kitty cat inside of you?" Oh, Lord, the pausing and rewinding I just had to do so I could hear that 100 times. I adore her. Matar sort of mumbles something about how she is a tiger who likes to flip her hair, and rather than pointing out that she has confused a tiger for a lion, Marc Bouwer moves on to discuss Epperson's craftsmanship. He knows how difficult it is to appliqué stretch fabrics on top of each other, and he says Epperson has done a great job. "You've taken a simple silhouette that we've seen a million times," Marc says, "and you've given it, literally, a new twist." Perhaps he was specifically referencing all the straps there, but I seriously have to wonder how hard it would be to get this dress on. Have you ever tried on something with a bunch of straps in a dressing room and found yourself trapped with your neck sticking through an armhole? No? Just me, then. Anyway, Heidi says she loves the dress but that Matar um, needs help "up top." Marc says that to him, it's okay. "Maybe it's because I've been working for Victoria's Secret for too long," Heidi laughs. "For me, they have to be perky and they have to be in the right spot."