Josh is in Full Bitch from the first effing frames of this freaking episode, bitching about how Anya's not showing the "best of the best." I will point out SO MANY THINGS come recap time. Anya's feeling a lot of pressure to progress. And, it's the final challenge! The designers meet Tim on Governors Island to find out about the challenge. On the ferry over, Josh had a moment to congratulate himself for making it to the top five and I'm not even kidding. So, Tim greets them and introduces them to some people who talk about how Governors Island is an artist's playground. Kimberly is the tallest remaining designer, FYI. Then, he tells them that they have to create three looks that exhibit range. They can use anything on the island for inspiration. They get golf carts, which is fun.
Anya seems incredibly focused at Mood, while Laura overspends like a crazy person. At the workroom, Tim enters with the button bag. Then, he brings in the last five eliminated designers. The designers who are chosen from the bag get to choose an assistant from the eliminated bunch. Kimberly goes first and she chooses Becky. Viktor chooses Olivier, who apparently doesn't even like Viktor that much. Laura chooses Anthony. So, Anya and Josh are standing next to each other and she jokes that he shouldn't fight with her and he says that she's getting "very aggressive" which is that loudmouth's favorite thing to say about someone. Heaving flames. Side of my face. Anya chooses Bert, which leaves Josh with Bryce.
While they're working, Josh starts talking smack about Anya and she overhears enough to find it really testy and uncomfy. Tim tries to talk Laura out of using this big circular pattern on all three of her looks. Kimberly keeps changing her mind about what she wants to do, which makes Becky accurately question whether she has much vision. Viktor starts ragging on Anya's sewing skills too. Bleh.
The day of the challenge, Laura decides to cut a skirt in the last minute. Both Viktor and Josh think that the both of them will be going to Fashion Week. I guess that's not so crazy a thought. Anthony seems to be the blame for a botched fit on one of Laura's outfits.
The guest judge is Zoe Saldana and she gets to enter the runway just like Heidi. Josh's looks are OK. Kimberly's are a mixed bag. Some of it is cool, some of it is a little tacky. Laura is so literal! That inspiration! Her ideas are OK though. I fucking love Anya's stuff and I don't care how I sound like a broken record. Viktor's silhouettes are fantastic, though maybe there's a small problem with some of his fabric choices.
The judges essentially tell Josh that his stuff looks cheap. Heidi thinks that Kimberly's looks belong on different girls and Kimberly gets oddly defensive and seems to almost be giving up. Laura gets criticized for choking on some of her looks. Anya gets praise, though Zoe says that her gown resembled a condom. Heidi says that Viktor is a great at construction, but she doesn't see many ideas. Nina would like more volume too. Michael thinks that Viktor's clothes would sell.
The designers are asked to choose who they think should go to Fashion Week with them. Josh chooses Viktor and Anya. Kimberly chooses Anya and Laura. Anya chooses Viktor and Josh. Laura cries and chooses Viktor and Anya. Viktor chooses Josh and Anya. The designers return. Anya is in! Viktor is in! Josh is in. Boo. It's down to Laura and Kimberly. Laura is... out. Wow! The rest are going to Fashion Week!
Previously: The designers had to design couture looks inspired by birds. Bert was not into it and totally bombed. Anya didn't loan Josh any fabric and he got pissed. He got further pissed when she won the challenge...and 20 grand. It looked like Kimberly was failing, but she really pulled it out.
It's morning at the Atlas Building and Josh is telling Viktor over coffee that it's sad to see Bert gone. That's interesting. He says that it just took time for them to understand who he was. I have a great tip for you. Seriously, this is a good one. Take it to the bank. Here it goes: Be nice to people. Whether you understand them or not. You don't happen to have the patent on understanding people worth being understood, so unless someone's out there shooting grandmas or defacing posters of Ryan Gosling, you should just go ahead and assume that there are human, worthwhile qualities in them whether or not you UNDERSTAND them or not. You stupid bitch. Viktor says that Bert could have stayed longer than Kimberly, which... maybe that's true in some sense. These guys really don't have much respect for design though. This is a design competition. You have to have the facility to manifest your designs, so you need to be a good sewer. But, it's not a sewing competition. Right? That would be a total bore.
Josh says that now that they're supposed to be the best of the best, they should be showing the best of the best tailoring, pressing and construction. All things aren't equal though. He says that all of Anya's pieces are flowing and he doesn't even know if she can make a jacket or not. BUT, her design skills are so beyond anything he can even think up. It's like you can see her actual touch in the clothing, to it's most minute detail. That's style. I do not care if that girl doesn't sew as well as him. You could put her in a room with parchment paper and a can opener and she would make something better than those horrible '70s pants Josh made a few weeks ago. Because she has style. I don't know why I need to scream this so much, but I just find it irritating that they're acting like her success is some sort of aberration brought on by her prettiness. Now, she's going to be able to sell the hell out of her stuff because she happens to also be incredibly beautiful and disarming and my number one or two choice for world domination -- but that's not what her winning is about. Her clothes are amazing. Josh interviews that his sewing is impeccable and he thinks that will give him a leg up. He asks how someone can make it this far in a design competition without doing "anything of that nature." Jackets? Construction, tailoring and pressing? I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think he is either so that's OK.