|Gretchen: Hear that? April: ?? Gretchen: Exactly.|
|Mondo: There's a lot at stake - and I don't even like steak. Christopher: That's deep.|
|One thing that's right - Heidi's look is perfect for the challenge - first time in a while.|
|Eyen's unusually strong features and straight brows were a perfect fit for Mondo's designs. Bye, Eyen.|
The Challenge: Create a look to be sold as part of the Heidi Klum New Balance line of "activewear." This is a category of fashion I don't really understand. It's not actually clothing for exercise, and it isn't for lounging around the house. Hasn't Tim told us often enough that sweats aren't appropriate for errands and whatnot? Maybe I'm too old. I'll wear sweats to the supermarket if I have them on already, or to and fro the gym. Other than that, jeans for casual.
|HKNB - stunningly ordinary|
After the designers spend some time in the workroom, Tim brings Heidi through for a Walkabout.
|Another great look on Heidi. Either they're brought in a new stylist, or she's dressing herself this week.|
|Gretchen thinks having the auf lady in the workroom is nerve-wracking.|
Heidi quickly shows herself to be interested in the details, not just the overall effect, of the designs.
|She asks Christopher how his top will stay on the shoulders given the deep armholes and drapey back.|
|She can get into the first design, but not this one.|
|Mondo does not appreciate the feedback.|
|Heidi does not appreciate the attitude.|
Heidi tells April to simplify, and doesn't understand Gretchen insistence on bringing in different fabrics instead of using those already in the HKNB line.
|"You don't like it? It's gone!"|
|"Wachsen die Hölle up."|
|Christopher talks him down.|
|Tim tells Heidi that Michael C can put together garments very quickly.|
|"Oops, I forgot, the person who said that isn't here anymore."|
|Smile while you can, Michael.|
|"...make it work!"|
|"I have a bad feeling about this."|
|"Textured white snakeskin leggings?" "No."|
Back at the workroom, Tim introduces the help that Heidi promised. No surprise, it's the last six eliminated designers.
Mondo chooses Valerie.
Gretchen chooses Casanova.
Christopher chooses Ivy.
Michael C chooses AJ.
April chooses "the hot blonde" Peach.
Andy ends up with Michael D.
Lots of work in the workroom. Mondo and Gretchen complain. AJ tells Michael C that he was nervous about working with him, but it's been nice. Andy feels he has to simplify some for Michael D. April is irritated that Peach fixates on details and doesn't see the big picture.
And the mocking of Michael C begins with Casanova calling his orange-and-brown color scheme Thanksgiving and gobbling. Then Ivy pulls out her usual venom and accuses Michael C of cheating. And that's s far as I'm going to dignify her behavior - no detailed recap, no screen captures. She's not worth my time or yours, and neither are the others who pile on. The whole thing was annoying enough to watch once - I found myself suddenly over-indulging in ice cream to get through it.
There was one reward for sitting through it. Miss Self-righteous talks about how she believes in karma. And then...
|Instant karma gotcha|
I will say that Mondo and - shockingly - Gretchen note that the judges see a lot of value in Michael C's work, and Gretchen even speaks encouragingly to him at some point.
Anyway, Tim comes in to address the issue.
|"It's a non-case. Put it behind you and move on."|
Next day, models come in for runway prep. Usual hair-and-makeup flurry. One moment stands out:
|Casanova to Gretchen: I beg you, get rid of those hideous biker shorts. Gretchen heeds him not.|
|Three in a row! Give the new stylist a long-term contract.|
|Looks from OMO Norma Kamali. |
On one on the right is basically really expensive sweats.
The one is the left is part of her chiffon line. I included it because Norma could give Mondo and even S3's Uli a run for their money in mixing prints.
On with the show...
Yow. I'm flashing back to a nightmare I had in the 80s. Unflattering and ridiculous. And what's with the Norma Desmond turbans?
My rating: Bottom 3
Besides being a little Jack Skellington, these are well done. The hoodie is cute and figure-flattering.
My rating: Top, possible winner
Two-thirds excellent. The third look may be considered active wear, but it's not the type of activity New Balance is known for. Maybe April was temporarily under the impression that this was the lingerie challenge from S2.
My rating: Safe
Christopher is so out of his element here. If he's not making pretty, tasteful clothing for ladies to work or party in, he's uncomfortable and ill-equipped. The dress would work as a nightgown. In fact, I wish there were more nightgowns/ sleepshirts like this - comfy but cute, with sleeves and a low neck.
My rating: Bottom 3, and finally auf
If the colors were better, I think this would have been in the top. The jacket/cape reverse zip is a cool detail. My one problem is the shape of the orange pants. Is there anyone who actually wears these droopy, drapey things?
My rating: Bottom 3
Two-thirds excellent, one third merely OK. The tunic and the circle jacket are both meticulously made, flattering, and wearable in many situations, including a casual office. Love the whimsical headbands.
My rating: Top, and he should win, but he won't because 4 in a row would be ridiculous
Judges: Christopher, Michael C, Gretchen, you have the lower scores. We're talking to the three with higher scores first.
Backstage, Gretchen naturally gretches that she can't believe she's not in the top group.
On the runway, Heidi teases Mondo about getting rid of "her favorite looks." He takes it well. Michael says he likes the kooky headbands.
|And a model actually speaks. She likes them too.|
|"That's rare. It's what makes something a go-to piece."|
|Yes, something is too short for Heidi.|
|There's no mention of the hoodie's resemblance to the lulumon logo.|
|Norma makes a point of saying that all three of them did very well.|
Christopher: Michael calls it cheap-looking. Kiss of death- he's out.
|Christopher acknowledges all the criticism but doesn't seem upset by it.|
|No comment needed.|
|Heidi: They hurt my eyes a little bit.|
|Backstage. "Heidi hates me."|
|Heidi has Gretchen's number.|
April is in.
Mondo is in. Gretchen is in. It's either Christopher or Michael C for the auf.
Michael is in.
Bon chance, Christopher! There are millions of women who would like to wear your designs - pretty, flattering, commercial and classy. You should talk to Tim about working for one of the high-end lines that Liz Claiborne owns as you build your own brand.Here are the winners, translated to the Heidi Klum New Balance line available on Amazon.
|Note that the lines on the hoodie have been changed to something different from the lulumon signature. That hoodie costs $158, which seems insanely expensive to me. It's a sweatshirt, people.|