April moves in with Gretchen, Ivy and Valerie. Will she get the cold shoulder?
|No! They're the newly-crowned Fab Four.|
Back at the runway, Heidi tells them that Tim and a "very special guest" is meeting them at the Marina to give them their next challenge.
|Michael: "I'm very special. Have some sunglasses."|
He talks about resort wear, basically clothes for vacationing. I read in WWD that Michael Kors has suggested the name be changed to "destinationwear", so people don't only think tropics. They're going out on a yacht to get a the resort wear frame of mind.
|Two looks from Michael's 2011 Resort Collection|
Photos: WWD website
The Challenge: Design resort wear...
I kid, but Tim could use a great outfit or two for chilling out, so he doesn't need to wear his beautiful suit on the water.
Michael C, Michael D, and Andy are very comfortable with the resort milieu, but other designers not so much. Mondo doesn't vacation, so he feels out of his element.
|Separated at birth?|
At Mood, Tim tells them to remember the challenge when choosing fabric, but also be true to their own visions.
Ivy says she want to make a "three dimensional pant." I don't know what that means, aren't all pants three dimensional? She also describes a print shirt with a vest over it as "very romantic." Her I don't understand at all.
In the workroom, Tim comes in with the velvet bag.
|Designers: "We fear and loathe the velvet bag."|
The Twist... the twist is absolutely diabolical! The designers are put in teams of two to execute each other's designs. There's much potential for sabotage, mistrust and drama. I'm thrilled to see that even in Season 8, there's still room for new challenge ideas. Also, is this a dig at all the BS about Michael C's non-existent skills? Because if so, someone on the production team has a cruel streak.
Teams: Michael C and Mondo, Ivy and Michael D, Casanova and Gretchen, April and Christopher, Andy and Valerie.
|Mondo is ecstatic.|
April and Christopher are Team Simpatico, while the other teams have issues big and small.
|Mondo: "Your construction is awful AND you have immunity." |
Michael C: "Here we go again."
|Casanova: "Just because I don't speak all that much English doesn't mean I have a developmental problem."|
|Ivy: "You do know what a needle is, right?" |
Michael D: "I'm handing my design to her; she's handing her neuroses to me."
and Valerie wonders when Michael is is going to "exasperate his bag of tricks."
|OK, so vocabulary wasn't my favorite part of the SAT.|
Meanwhile, Mondo is discovering that Michael C is a great partner.
|Mondo: "Sorry, I was a dick." Michael C: "That's OK, I've gotten used to it."|
Tim comes for his walkabout with a surprise guest.
|"She's glammypuss over-the-top. Keep it simple!"|
He confirms April's idea to have the skirt of her sundress be sheer with a boy short underneath.
|Somewhere, Stacy from Season 3 is screaming at her TV, since she was absolutely castigated - and eliminated - for a sheer skirt with a boy short.|
Michael doesn't like Valerie's color choices, and she has a total crisis of confidence.
|"I've been in the top four times and haven't won."|
|A talk with Mom & Dad helps her get it all out.|
Meanwhile, Ivy is micromanaging Michael D as he tries to complete her look.
|Death ray eyes|
|Arrrrgh, and not in a pirate way.|
Runway time! The judges are Michael, Nina and guest "stylish actress" Kristin Bell aka Veronica Mars.
I'm disappointed in this season's designers. They have almost no sense of drama. Also, by this time in the season I've usually lusted after several garments. Nothing has been shown yet this season that I'd go out of my way to find. Anyway...
Please step forward, Andy, Casanova, Mondo, April, Ivy, Michael D.
Safe: Gretchen, Valerie, Michael C, Christopher.
Heidi says that they want to see the Top 3 - Andy, April and Michael D. The others head backstage.
Mondo: "My idea of resort wear is walking around my apartment in my underwear."
|Gretchen: "You kicked it up a notch from that."|
Michael: "It's this tough punk babydoll."
|Kristin: "That's how I describe myself . Can you see my eyes rolling?"|
Michael D went with a simple silhouette in an expensive-looking linen. He calls Ivy an amazing craftperson. Heidi asks Ivy about the partnership, and Ivy says it was difficult.
|Ivy: "Michael doesn't know how garments go on and off."|
|Here we go again.|
The Bottom 3 come out. Mondo explains that he's completely unfamiliar with resort wear. Michael and Nina call that a cop-out. Everyone feels that the outfit is cheap-looking and too junior. When asked about the collaboration, both Mondo and Michael C say it was revelatory, and they were thrilled at how it worked out, regardless of the outcome.
Ivy says her colors represent the ocean, but that Michael D's "limitations" caused her to dumb-down her design. Michael D defends himself as knowing how to sew and doing his best. Michael critiques her process and she argues with him.
He says that the whole outfit has no personality, and she agrees.
|From Michael Kors' 2011 Resort Collection: just sayin'|
|Michael C: "Ivy is terrifying."|
|Whatever yourself. Don't forget that I'm the Executive Producer. And German.|
Casanova says he loves his look, which is inspired by his grandmother. That pretty much sums it up.
Backstage, Michael D says he gave Ivy permission to throw him under the bus. Throw Under the Bus count = 8
The judges deliberate. By the end the Throw Under the Bus count is 10, and they've said that Ivy is a seamstress, not a designer. Here are Ivy's looks so far:
|To the judges: Yup.|
Michael D is in. He's happy he didn't win because he'd feel guilty due to his construction of Ivy's look. Final Throw Under the Bus count = 13.
April is so stunned she isn't able to react.
Andy is in.
Mondo is in.
Strange decision - Casanova has designed some cool things, and he has a win. Ivy has not shown one interesting garment. Even the Producer Influence argument doesn't explain it, because Casanova has become very charming, while everyone would love to see Ivy get her comeuppance. Whatever, judges.
There's a montage of Lovable Casanova Moments.
|Casanova: "I wanted to take New York from the balls. Looks like I took one of NY's balls, and New York took one of mine."|
Next week: "Jackie Kennedy wouldn't have camel toe." Can't argue with that.