The Fashion Show, Season Two, Episode Four: Hot Tub Time Machine Two: Hotter and Tubbier!
Isaac: "I Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday. To all you non-Americans out there, Black Friday is a shopping celebration dating back to 1982, when the last Wal-Mart was desegregated."
I don't think that true, Isaac. Anyway, last week Eduardo won and Tamara went home. Golnessa gets all Churchillian:
Golnessa: "Never was I criticized so much by so many for so few!"
The designers get another letter from Iman:
Iman: "IMAN GETS HER STATIONERY IN BULK! MEET ME AT THE GIANT STEEL VAGINA!"
Isn't that the name of her perfume? Now that she said that, all I can see is a giant steel vagina:
David: "Actually, it's a very complex work by Santiago Calatrava that explores the formal properties of folded spherical planes. Frankly, your childish obsession with vaginas is pathetic."
Well, I am suitably chastened. The challenge this week is to create a fashion-forward look based on a specific year from the past half century. This should be a fun challenge. And yet, it isn't. I think the "fashion forward" part is the problem. They could have simply created looks for today based on historical looks and been done with it. Fashion forward is not the same as futuristic. But some of the designers start thinking that they have to guess what people will be wearing a thousand years in the future and then everything goes to hell:
Eduardo: "In 3000 AD everyone -- men and women, children and adults, dogs and cats, and of course genetically altered dog-cats -- will wear cocktail dresses 24 hours a day, all year long."
Obviously. Everyone can see that's where we're headed. The question is whether our cocktail dresses will be made of metallic fabric or bio-engineered fur. Maybe metallic faux-fur?
Eduardo: "No. That would be tacky."
Oh, and by the way, Iman loves plaid:
Iman: "I LOVE PLAID! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT!"
The designers open their little time capsules. Cindy finds a blond wig, Jeffrey finds a piece of the Berlin wall, and David finds a crack vial:
Nina Garcia: "That is not my time capsule. I borrowed it from a friend and I thought that was gum."
Isaac makes his rounds in the design room and tells everyone to make entirely gray collections:
Isaac: "It's not a collection unless it's all one color!"
He also gives the hilarious instruction to be "careful-ish."
Isaac: "Be cautiously outrageous!"
For the entertainment portion of tonight's program, the producers provide the designers with unlimited supplies of alcohol but no way to open the bottles. That is exactly why, back in my day, we carried Swiss army knives in our sewing boxes.
Back in the design room, Cesar is being super bossy and the flirting between David and Dominique is getting a little out of control:
Rusty: "Dad, I think he's gonna pork her!"
Clark Griswold: "He's not gonna pork her, Rusty."
Rusty: "I think he is, Dad!"
Clark Griswold: "Well, he may pork her. Just eat, okay?"
The fashion show begins. It's really disappointing. Everything is gray and plaid, like Isaac and Iman wanted. There isn't much that's fashion forward in these looks. Most of them refer to historical looks but not the right years. We start with Nami:
Dominique made a big baggy shirt over pants, with custom plaid fabric. It's a little too big and sloppy, but it's pretty good and definitely the most interesting look on the runway this week.
David made a Michael Jackson jumpsuit from the eighties inspired by his grandmother, which confuses Iman, for some reason. It was actually looking pretty good in the workroom and then he screwed it up by turning the shoulder-pads into lapels:
Anja Rubik: "No woman wants to look like she has giant maxi pads on her chest."
No shit, whoever you are.
Eduardo made another dumb cocktail dress. It's pretty. Whatever.
Rolando made a completely boring outfit that had nothing to do with his year, 1969.
Calvin made something I can't quite describe. He made a nice skirt that looked like an evening gown but paired it with a hideous top that couldn't be worn for any occasion.
Then it's time for House of Emerald:
Cesar made a look inspired by "cocooning," which was definitely a term used a lot after 9/11. He made capri pants and a top with a huge collapsable collar that can cover the model's head. It's pretty good. He also made a second look so that the team would have a more complete collection. This is a valid concern and one of the reasons I questioned whether the "collection" aspect of the competition would work once designers started being eliminated.
Jeffrey made a dress with kind of a scarf covering half of it. It's pretty but I don't know what it has to do with the eighties and it's really not fashion forward.
Cindy made a cool dress with a coat. Supposedly it was inspired by Jackie O? I like it, but, again, it's not fashion forward.
Golnessa made a pretty 1950's inspired dress with a full skirt. The judges praise it even though it looks like a costume. Nothing fashion-forward about it.
Emerald finally wins a challenge and Jeffrey is the individual winner.
David and Rolando are the bottom two from House of Nami:
Iman: "DAVID, TELL IMAN WHY YOU SHOULD STAY!"
Dominique: "He should stay because we are in love and I don't want to die alone in a house full of cats!"
David: "Yeah. What she said."
Iman: "DAVID, YOU NEED A WOMAN TO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES FOR YOU. I LIKE THAT! YOU CAN STAY."
Rolando is out:
Iman: "ROLANDO, THIS OUTFIT MADE ME SICK. I REMEMBER 1969. I WAS EIGHTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD AND IN MY SEXUAL PRIME. I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CAUGHT DEAD IN THIS DOWDY, SHAPELESS MESS. YOU ARE OUT OF FASHION."