Friday, November 17, 2017

PR 16 Ep 14: Finally The Finale

Ah, finally the Finale of PR 16, and it didn’t end the way many of us, or any of us, expected.

As we begin, the designtestants are taking the critiques from the judges and either applying it to their collections, doing what they want, or taking a nap … Brandon.

After the critiques—cohesion, cohesion, cohesion—Kentaro has decided he’s already out and so he’s just gonna do what he wants to do. Margarita, who is worried about the hurricane headed toward Puerto Rico, is also worried that her collection is too tropical and she won’t be able to salvage it.

Ayana is taking the critiques to heart and focusing on fit and some different kind of head wraps, or hijab, for her models. Brandon, after a season of being the judge’s darling, and never being in the bottom, is feeling confident, and sleepy.

Let’s rip …
AYANA
Tim comes by for his last critique, and he tells Ayana to push forward; on the subject of hijabs, she seems to suggest she’s going to do something avant-garde and I worry that it’ll become Hijab Runway.

She soldiers on, at least until a ruffle is ripped from a dress at the last[?] minute, and until the power goes out, or the steamers don’t work; on the PR it’s always something.

WHAT I SAID
That last look is everything and I wish the collection was more like that. Some of the ruffled pieces seemed very—and I’ll apologize now if anyone is offended—much like Grandma Victorian dresses. The first three looks weren’t giving me much at all, and the miniskirt over the jeans was not good. But that last on e … sigh … breathtaking.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac called her collection “stunning” and especially loved the final look. He was impressed that Ayana could take her modesty POV and make clothes that were hip and seductive; he said Ayana was beyond talented and loved the way she could make modesty empowering and sexy.

Nina was impressed by the variation is styles, from ath-leisure to street to the final look, that she called “precious,” but in a good way. Her one criticism was that she wanted some color …

Guest judge Jessica Alba loved the tailoring and Ayana’s alternative POV; she also thought that the hints of skin at the ankles and the wrist were quite sensual.

Heidi was not a fan of the first three looks, but said things got better and better after that; and, while we all know, and saw last night, that Heidi loves to show skin, she loved the second-to-last, fully modest, look. She also loved the different hijabs, and called the one with the finale dress “poetry.”
MARGARITA
Margarita met with Tim and she worried about her family, and her flashy, feathered, glittered, and sequined collection; but, as Tim pointed out, there was no time to change, so she should own and love it.

And she owned it, or had Jazzmine own, when she suggested Jazzmine, wearing a swimsuit and cover-up, rip off the cover-up on the runway for a “moment;” that was a wise call.

WHAT I SAID
Wow, and not in a good way. I liked the first look because, while being bold and colorful it wasn’t over-done. But after that it turned into Too Much and Too Costume and Where Do The Latina Extras Stand? I’m all for colorful and exuberant, but the feathers? No. No. And Zac was right about the jumpsuit … hideous. But that moment when Jazzmine took off the cover-up was fan-freaking-tastic!

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina loved the energy, passion, gutsiness and color of the collection. She did think the feathers were too much, but said Margarita did one thing right: the “moment” when Jazzmine ripped off her sarong and the crowd cheered.

Zac called it spectacular and “joyous” but wasn’t a fan of the ill-fitting jumpsuit.

Jessica Alba dubbed it fun, sexy, Latina and loved the glittering fish prints.

Heidi—“I’m not a Latina, but I might as well be one”—was also loving the glitz and glam and the prints; she admired all the work that went in to creating the prints.
KENTARO
After the judge’s reviews last week, Kentaro decided this wasn’t a competition anymore; it was just about showing what he could do. Wise, grasshopper, wise.

Tim liked that he was sticking to his Gunns, er, guns, but did remind him to try and work the cohesion, which he did, when Margarita helped him set the lineup for his show. I think that’s what made a difference because the cohesion worked with the order in which the clothes walked.

WHAT I SAID
Wow; and in a good way. That first look was stunning and cool and a piece of art. The third look was nothing much until the model turned around and there was a kind of Diaper Duck Butt thing happening. Mt favorite, though, was the Goth-iness of the last look; it gave me the creeps but in a good way. And the little red Can-Can number was fun and that model’s legs are ten feet tall!

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina pointed out that there are two signs to a great show: the noise and the silence; and the crowd was silent during Kentaro’s show. She called it thoughtful, and loved the drama of the first look and the way it all moved from black and white into skin tones and reds and then back to black and white.

Heidi was surprised by the first look when it appeared in shadows at the start of the show and then said it was one Wow after another, from color to silhouettes.

Zac said he might have tossed out the second red dress—and the ladies completely disagreed—but he loved the evolution of textile and color.

Jessica Alba called the collection the most curated and purposeful, saying that it was “poetic” and that Kentaro’s Japanese-inspired collection would make his country proud.
BRANDON
I guess from being the one to beat all season long made Brandon feel a little too comfortable; even after the judge’s last criticisms he was certain he would win and so he just stayed the course, only changing the top that Liris wore from something baggy to something sleek.

And Tim agreed, so Brandon just waited for the show to start.

WHAT I SAID
I like how modern it is’ I like that Brandon has a style and a Point-of-View. But man did it need a Wow moment, or a splash of color, or something. It was a sea of pastels, which was nice, but when you have Liris walking, for the love of Dior, put her in something fierce, and not a tank and some wide –legged trousers. That said, I loved how clean-lined the first look was, and I loved the play on lengths and sizes. It was cool but needed Oomph!

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Jessica Alba loved the first look, and called the whole collection hip, street, modern, flirty and feminine.

Zac called it “cool romanticism” and said the collection was strong, though the lack of variation was troubling.

Heidi loved the newness of Brandon’s POV, but agreed with Zac about wanting a different color in some of the looks. Brandon explained that he admired designers who do 30-look shows where ten looks are very similar and the next ten are new, and the final ten are something different.

Nina agreed, but said this was just a ten-look show and it needed to be amped up a bit. Still, she loved his signature details of strap and loops, and admitted he has a new POV that even the other designers on this season tried to copy.
Well, Margarita was out first; I saw that coming because, while her collection as fun and loud, it wasn’t Project Runway; I felt it a bit too commercial, but then …

Brandon is Auf’d. I was surprised after being the Golden Boy all season, but I did agree with the judges that he needed a pop of something in his collection. Even Liris worried that there wasn’t a Wow moment.

So that leaves us with Ayana and Kentaro, one of whom wanted and needed this, and one of whom just wanted to show clothes.

And that’s what won this season when Kentaro was declared the winner. And I’ll agree because his collection was by far the most dramatic and stunning and wow.
I loved the moment when Jazzmine ripped off that cover-up and then stomped the runway in a bathing suit; and I was surprised at the crowd’s reaction, and of Nina and Zac standing up for that. Perhaps the tide will change in fashion regarding plus-sized, full-figured women.

Line of the Night goes to Klum for her review of Kentaro’s collection:
“You could hear a mouse fart in the room.”
I did not know that.

I also loved when Heidi asked Liris about how she felt and she got a wee bit weepy and thanked the PR for the chance to walk. Liris, and Jazzmine, and some of the others, might be bigger models than we’ve seen, but they are fierce and gorgeous and stomp the hell out of a catwalk as good as any other models.

As the show began, I sorta knew Brandon would win, especially when he was given the “Take A Nap Over-Confident” edit, but when I saw Kentaro’s full collection I thought, “Uh oh.” I think he deserved the win.

That said, Brandon’s reaction at losing was a surprise since he was also the Zen designer this year. But I can see why he was shocked, because he’d been heaped with praise all season and then at the last minute he got some criticisms. I did like his looks—there is a very specific client for that style—but as far as show and variation went, it was all Kentaro.

I was shocked that this season there wasn’t “Create an Eleventh Look” challenge at the last minute. I always liked the last minute rush around.

And I was hoping for a reunion show so I could see the other designers confront the twins and was thrilled to see that there is one and it will air on November 30th. I loved watching Amy come for Cheating Claire and Sobbing Shawn … just sayin’.

Lastly, why oh why did the producers leave in Kentaro’s father tumbling off the stage? That just seemed all kinds of wrong.

What did YOU think?

I Didn't Say It

Chris Murphy, Democratic Senator from Connecticut, during a Senate hearing reviewing the powers of the president to order a nuclear strike:

"We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests."

Seriously. We need to stop the Fat Bastard before he gets his idle feelings hurt and drops a bomb on someone … literally!
Sandy Rios, Fox bimbo and Hate Group, the American Family Association, radio host, defending child rape:

“Honestly, do you think there’s a person alive on the planet—certainly, I’ll limit it a little bit, I will say any man listening to my voice—that doesn’t have something in his past, in his box of secrets, that he’s ashamed of sexually? Especially, let’s just say, beginning in the ‘60s. I mean, look I’m not excusing—I’m just saying if a person can be destroyed over something he did 37 years ago that was wrong and sinful? Where did we get to point where the standard for Christians is that there is never been anything ever? That they’ve lived a perfect life? I just don’t understand that.”

Um, Sandy, you idiot, Moore didn’t steal a candy bar thirty-seven years ago; he sexually assaulted a minor, and has been accused of sexually assaulting other women as well.
Those are not little secrets that we all have, well, maybe except for Roy Moore, and perhaps you?
Mitch McConnell, GOP lapdog from Kentucky and Senate Majority Leader, admitting he "misspoke" when he said that "nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase":

"I misspoke on that. You can't guarantee that absolutely no one sees a tax increase, but what we are doing is targeting levels of income and looking at the average in those levels and the average will be tax relief for the average taxpayer in each of those segments."

'I misspoke' is the new ‘I lied.’ And McConnell lies every single time his little turtle yap flaps.
Mo Brooks, GOP Congressman from Huntsville, Alabama, sticking with Roy Moore because of the conservative agenda:

“America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago. Who will vote in America’s best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong. Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore.”

There you have it, Alabama, one of your own elected officials is putting the GOP agenda ahead of a sexual predator because, I’m guessing, being a sexual predator is okay as long as you get a conservative on the bench somewhere?
Hey Mo? Fuck off.
Winona Ryder, on being bullied in high school and then meeting one of her bullies years later:

“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, faggot.’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies … Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’ And I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself.'”

Bravo! Sure, the girl might have felt remorse for what she’d done, but she didn’t feel stitches and kicks; she didn’t feel “kicked out of school” and she didn’t feel home-schooled for a year because the school tolerates bullies but not the bullied.
E.W. Jackson, a “Christian” radio host, supporting pedophile Roy Moore:

“You don’t ever want to give these leftists another head to mount on their mantel. They’re head-hunters, they like to destroy people, they like to destroy Christian conservatives, particularly. They’re filled with hatred and animosity and they love killing folks. I’m serious, folks. I think a lot of ’em would kill people physically if they thought they could get away with it. But they can’t, for the most part; they don’t want to go to jail so what they do is they try to kill people metaphorically, destroy them, destroy their reputation, destroy their career, destroy their livelihood, just make them suffer. That’s the kind of hatred they have for people of my ilk.”

Um, excuse me, douchebag? I don’t hate Christians. I hate pompous gasbags who molest little girls them hide because their so-called faith; I hate conservatives who work against LGBT rights but tap their toes in men’s room stalls looking for a handie; I hate Christian conservatives who spew their own values as a kind of moral code while their screwing another man’s wife.
And as for you, douchebag, let’s take a peek into your past … like when you said God will punish people who voted for trans lawmaker Danica Roem; like when you blamed the Charleston shooting on The Gays and Obama; like when you said Christians must b willing to die to stop marriage equality; like when you petition to legalize LGBT discrimination; like when  you work to make being gay a crime.
Clearly, you’re the one filled with hate, asshat.
Armie Hammer, saying he had a transformative experience playing Oliver in Call Me By Your Name and saying he “fell in love” with his director Luca Guadagnino:

“I’ve never had such an emotional journey with a director. I’ve never even considered directors to be emotional people! I don’t even know if I’ve worked with a director who even cared if I was mad at them before. It was more like, ‘Shut up and stand on your mark and do your job.’ [As we finished production] everybody was sort of lashing out because this thing was ending and nobody wanted it to. Honestly, I think I had fallen in love with Luca.”

Well, I don’t know about falling in love with Luca, but if Armie Hammer said he’d fallen in love with me ::: swoooooon::: it would never be over!
Just sayin’.
Luca Guadagnino, Hammer’s director, on their inevitable “breakup”:

“For reasons that could be personal to Armie, I had the feeling that he was pulling away. The movie wasn’t finished, and I had to bring him back. For me to make a movie, it’s really creating a family. Having a very profound familial bond with the people I’m doing the movies with, where you literally and constantly fall in love with all of them. Sometimes, this emotional flow can be very intense. Very! As it was with Armie. And then it can be very complicated.”

Lucky bastard.
Seth Meyers, on the “dumbest” _____:

“While [President] _____ is focused on bragging about his endurance, back here at home, his inner-circle is dealing with yet more information about potential involvement in Russian election meddling. And you’ll never guess which _____ family member is once again mixed up in all of it– I’ll give you a hint. He has the same name as a famous idiot.”

Nope, we were all wrong; it wasn’t Eric, it’s Junior who is The Dumbest _____. And in that family, that’s saying a lot!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Random Musings

Well, well, well, the people of the land Down Under, in a non-binding postal survey on marriage equality, voted YES in a landslide vote.

Members of Parliament are expected to quickly introduce a marriage bill that could see legalization of same-sex marriage as soon as Christmas, but as always … haters gonna try …
Last week Carlos had an appointment with an eye doctor to have some glasses made that he can use to read music; his regular glasses don’t help, they are used for reading and there is a difference in head tilt and distance from the page for music.

Anyway … the doctor came in all blustery and busy-like. He had a mop of curly hair and hideous shoes; that was all I noticed. He spoke to us for a moment and then he left the room and Carlos said:
“He’s kinda cute.”
And I replied:
“Good thing we’re getting your eyes checked. Just in the nick of time.”
Yeah. Not cute.
Keeping up the Not Cute theme …

People magazine has named Blake Shelton its 2017 Sexiest Man Alive. Really, People? Last year it was The Rock, this year it’s Blake Shelton—coincidentally his initials are BS—so who will it be next year … Carlos’ eye doctor?

Is it too much to ask to get an actual sexy man up in here?
This could almost … ALMOST … get me to shop at Walmart:

In 2015, Henry Walker decided to buy a watermelon at his local Walmart store, and once inside, Henry found the watermelon of his dreams and then the nightmare began.

He stepped forward, plucked the watermelon from the pile, unaware that his foot was stuck in the wooden pallet beneath the watermelons. He then turned, still unaware of the stuck foot, fell, and shattered his hip.

Naturally, because Henry Walker is not at fault for stepping onto, and into, a pallet of watermelons, he sued Walmart for negligence. His lawyers argued that Walmart had a responsibility to its customers to provide a safe environment and should have known the wooden pallet could cause injury—even though fifty-nine-year-old Henry Walker didn’t know that—and last week, a jury agreed with Henry and awarded him $7.5 million in damages.

When last seen, Henry was headed to McDonald’s for a hot cup of coffee in a cup with a loose lid …
TLC has officially and finally severed ties with former “Counting On” star, and Duggared Husband, Derick Dillard after he repeatedly made transphobic comments about one of the network’s other stars, Jazz Jennings:
“We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in ‘Counting On’ for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”
The decision came after Dillard spoke again about Jennings, arguing that he doesn’t believe anyone can change their gender identity and refusing to use feminine pronouns when discussing Jennings:
“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.”
I pity illiterate Fuckwads whose only claim to fame is the fact that they sperminated a Duggar daughter and continue to propagate that Children For Cash mentality of that family.

Go back to being a barista, Derrick and STFU.
In another win for Free Speech, advertisers are fleeing rightwingnut, and _____’s Head Ass Kisser, Sean Hannity’s Fox News[?] show after his skeptical coverage of the child sex accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The exodus comes after Hannity tried to downplay the multiple accusations against Moore and actually suggested that sometimes children can give consent to have sex with an adult.

Yeah. Children. Sex. Adults.

So, at least five companies—Realtor.com, biotech company 23 And Me, Eloquii, Nature's Bounty and Keurig—announced they were done running ads on Hannity’s program. Keurig’s announcement on Twitter sparked a #BoycottKeurig campaign and spurred tons of rightwingnuts to smash their coffee makers to the ground and then posting the pictures on social media.

Seriously, Deplorables are dumb, because now Hannity has changed his tune and demanded Moore answer the allegations or drop out of the race.

Huh. Sean Hannity changed his mind because he agrees, or because he was costing Fox News money and the network can’t afford any more lost revenue after all its payouts over its own sex abuse scandals.

What is it with Republicans and conservative news outlets and sex scandals?
Speaking of Deplorables … one year after electing that Fat Bastard, the vast majority of Deplorables have no regrets. In fact, 82 percent of those who say they supported ____ last year would vote for him again if they had to do it over.

Seriously? Did they cast their votes and then just stop paying attention?

The only good news is the 18% who wouldn’t vote for him again; at least some of them got a little wiser.
Good news? Here’s some … many people on Puerto Rico may not have electricity or access to drinking water or be able to work in the nearly two months since Hurricane Maria struck, but some on the island are still receiving a paycheck because their employer knows what’s right.

Yup; even though Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure, and forced TJX—the parent company of  TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods—to close its doors temporarily, the company has been paying their employees nonetheless:
“Based on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico, we can confirm that we have continued to pay our TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Associates on the island. We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances.”—TJX vice president of communications Doreen Thompson
TJX’s conduct was first flagged by Iván Meléndez when he posted a grateful message on Facebook thanking Marshall’s for paying his son, even though the store that employed him was closed, and remains closed, because of the storm.

Perhaps we should all head out to Home Goods and buy a Keurig, you know, to kill two birds with one stone.
A week or so ago, I visited Mistress Maddie’s place on the interwebz—
A Day with the Mistress Borghese—and spotted From The Candy Shop, featuring Davide Zongoli, up there, an acrobat, dancer, model, and eye candy.

I’d seen Zongloi before and remember seeing some shots of him that reminded me of my own post, #TuxedoInABox from earlier this week:


#ZongoliInABox

Nice.
Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ four years as a quarterback on the rise.

But, after a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed everything, and cost him his job, Kaepernick is back as GQ’s Citizen of the Year for his activism and resistance.

And making a much sexier cover model than that other guy … and he rankles The Deplorables.

Just sayin’...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Architecture Wednesday: The Cylinder House

It’s totally tubular, man.

This unique construction is located in the woods outside Lyon, France. The architect chose the tubes, or cylinders, to make the house fits easily between the trees. From the outside it looks like a cluster of cylinders that come together to form a wavy and transparent structure but this system of cylinders allows the house to become larger and to have a fuzzy external delimitation of the house with its context. There are no defined corridors in the interior, so the variable heights of the tubes have been used to establish the partitions between each space.

It’s not for everyone, it might be for no one, but it is very unique in that “Beam me up, Scotty” kind of way.

Just A Thought


I am battling a head cold, and, to be fair, the head cold is beating the crap out of me, so I just have simple stuff today.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#TuxedoInABox

Recently we returned from a CostCo run and set one of the boxes on the living room floor.

Tuxedo loves to sleep in them, but something about this box got him all kerfuffled and he was rolling around it in like a mad man.

Huh. Does CostCo sell catnip in bulk?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just A Thought


PR 16 Ep 13: The Final Five, Four, Three ... Four?

We’re down to the wire on this season of the PR and the Final Five designtestants—Brandon, Kenya, Kentaro, Ayana and Margarita—have only a few minutes, and $10,000, to create a 10-look collection for New York Fashion Week.

After final instructions from Tim and Heidi—only three … or more … will go to Fashion Week—they each dash to their corners of the globe and design. Meanwhile, Tim gets his frequent flier miles in gear and heads out to visit each one, and critique each one, and then it’s back to New York for the designers and one last runway show, where they will show two looks from their collection and the Top Three … or Four … will get to the Finale.

Let’s rip …
KENYA
Tim finds Kenya at her space in Atlanta and she, as usual, is blocked and worried and, well, kinda glum. She calls her collection a “Summertime Dream” and based on ocean, sand and sun, but all I get is pale flesh tones of someone who slathers on SPF 186. And Tim is also less than pleased, and calls her color palette a snoozefest. He suggests she add some saturated colors, like a merlot or a navy to liven things up and Kenya seems like she’s got it.

As she returns to New York, and another critique from Tim, she’s once more in the dumps. I don’t see a lot of those saturated colors he spoke of, but I do see a black dress Tim calls matronly in a sea of youthful silhouettes; so he suggests a sheer beaded with pearls cover-up to tone down the Mother if the Bride-ness of the black number. He likes the other piece she chooses to show the judges but at the last minute, she changes a beaded with pearls coat for the first look with a far simpler cover-up.

WHAT SHE SAID
She looks classic and beautiful. I hope [the judges] respond to the sophistication.

WHAT I SAID
The first look seems like sportswear under a bathrobe, while the black dress is kinda dowdy and shows a lot of sagging boob.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
After Kenya says her collection is now “Vacation, Dreamy and Business” Zac Posen gets right to it. He loves the pearled cover-up, and wonders if the theme is cover-up; he also wonders about the fit of the black dress that he says is moving all over the place.

Heidi is also not excited; she says the silhouettes are all over the place and the looks are all over the place. In fact, she echoes Tim’s original critique that this is a snoozefest.

Nina Garcia loved the fabrics and the details—pleating and pearls—and called it luxe, spoiled by bad styling; she said there were too many things and that the looks needed a more youthful edge. She does not get the cover-ups at all.
AYANA
She is also in a rough spot when Tim arrives in Salt Lake City, but not because she’s stumped, but because her apartment had flooded. Luckily her collection—which she says is based on the woods and nature and earthy things—was unscathed. Tim likes shat she got done, which isn’t much, and tells her to work smart, and, yes, make it work.

And, again, like Kenya, once she’s back in New York, Ayana is perplexed by her collection and doubting every thought. She shows Tim her two looks for the judges—and to me they are the same dress in two different fabrics—and Tim is not happy; he likes he more edgy sportswear looks and says she should show those so the judges will see her evolution and want to see more.

And, for a hot minute, after Tim left, Ayana almost went back to her two dresses, but she ended up listening to The Gunn.

WHAT SHE SAID
The pieces are teaser pieces. I hope I selected the right ones.

WHAT I SAID
The first look is very street and sexy and urban; I forgot about her “modest” aesthetic, even though the model was fully covered. The second look has the same distressed pants, but the top seems more like a nighty to me.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
And, again like Kenya, Ayana gives the judges a different description of her collection than she gave Tim; she’s calls it an “Evolution” and about her life.

But that makes no difference because Heidi loves it; the color and the ease and the slouchiness and the rock-n-roll of it all.

Nina Garcia loves the juxtaposition of distressed and refined fabrics; she calls it luxe active-wear and loves that she also forgot about the modest aspect because the clothes looked so good.

Zac Posen was mad about the jacket on the first look and intrigued enough to want to see more. When Ayana said half of her models would wear the hijab, he suggested she think of a new version of the head wrap.
KENTARO
Next up is Kentaro in Los Angeles. He tells Tim his collection is based on music, and a piano; pleats represent the keys and black for the color, and red for … well, Kentaro likes red.

Tim worries there is no cohesion, especially when Kentaro says he didn’t want to create a cohesive collection; he calls it three collections or ten sonatas and then is even more confused when Kentaro plays his Dead Cat Sonata as a way of further explanation.

In New York, Kentaro picks two looks that are quite similar to show the judges and worries they will think the whole collection is more of the same; he wants to show a spare white origami piece and Tim says he should own it, even though they are two very different vibes.

WHAT HE SAID
I feel a little nervous … please let me go to New York Fashion Week.

WHAT I SAID
The first look is glaringly white with a huge black tumor dangling from the waist; I don’t get it. Especially when the second look walks so effortlessly and elegantly and musically.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
He also changes to description of his looks from music to a Japanese Dry Lake, which makes even less sense.

Heidi says his white look is “questionable” but she loves the other look; she worried about cohesion.

Nina Garcia says there’s a disconnect between the two pieces and while she likes the second look, she doesn’t like how Kentaro gets too conceptual. She hates the styling because it takes away from the clothes and the models look like robots.

Zac Posen says he doesn’t know where this is going and says it’s just not enough.
BRANDON
Tim meets Brandon and his girlfriend Dina, also a designer, in San Francisco. She worries about his bold print and all the skin in his collection and that scares Tim. But upon seeing the actual work, and the way Brandon manipulated the flamingo print, and the fact that “all that skin” is just slivers here and there, Tim is less worried and more thrilled.

In New York, when Tim asks what Brandon will show the judges, he says he has several choices in mind, but in the end, he’d like the model’s to decide what they feel best wearing; of course, since one of his models is Liris, he might be right letting her help in the selection process.

WHAT HE SAID
My looks are totally me … fun, flirty, romantic in my style … hip hop.

WHAT I SAID
Liris rocked look one, but I kinda felt it was too matchy-matchy top to bottom, and the top looked like a diaper. The second look was perfection.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina Garcia completely gets the collections calling it a female version of Brandon, “in his clothes.” She loved the second look, but thought there was too much in Liris’ look and maybe it could use a simpler top.

Heidi loved it all, too, and agreed about a different top for Liris.

Zac Posen said Liris deserved a “wow moment” on the runway and a better top would do it. He called everything else crisp and precise.
MARGARITA
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, before the hurricane, Margarita tells Tim her jumping off point was a wild fabric couch from her parent’s house in the 1980s. She worries it might be too much, and too kitschy, and Tim worried about the crocheted details and the gold hoops; he tells her to make sure the girl is more New York and less resort.

In New York, she shows off her glittering bold prints in pants and a body suit; Tim loves the looks, but wants her to create a simpler companion piece that might tone down the brilliance of the fabrics.

WHAT SHE SAID
She is killed. I can see Zac and Nina’s faces, eyebrows arched.

WHAT I SAID
The pants on the first look, with the exaggerated bell-bottom look like a Cher costume … and that’s not necessarily bad. As for the second look the shorts Margarita made at the last minute are bunching up and that’s not a good look. I’m getting a cartoon vibe, though …

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac Posen says the print borders on “hideous” and “feeling right.”

Heidi calls it gutsy and loud—she likes it—and loves the sparkle, but worries it’s not enough New York because it’s too Miami.

Nina Garcia calls it resort wear and not in a bad way; she loved the exuberance of the print but thought the looks needed to be toned down so as not to be off-putting.
Heidi asks each designer to describe why they should show at New York Fashion Week and we get the pat answers:
I’ve been working my whole life at this.
This is everything to me.
I have a lot to say.
But Kentaro stumbles and seems to say he is not quite ready to show; Heidi is now worried, too.

But, as we know, Brandon is in; as is Ayana. Then the third spot goes to Margarita—a surprise, I must say—and finally, it comes down to Kentaro and Kenya.

He’s in; she’s out.
Line of the Night, of the Season, of the whole Freaking Series, goes to Kentaro who told Tim how he came up with the musical score for his collection:
“I found a dead cat on the street, so after I buried the cat, I put my ear into the ground and this is the kind of sound I heard.”
J’adore Kentaro and his quirkiness.

Heidi on a movable screen was kinda funny, but even judging from 3,000 miles away she was still on point.

I was surprised at the choice of Margarita; I mean, the clothes were nice, but kitschy and loud and kinda cheap to me. I had assumed it’d be a three person show, with Brandon, Ayana and Kentaro/Kenya, but am still surprised at the inclusion of Margarita into a four person show.

And I think the winner will be Brandon—I’m still oogly over his smile when he was talking with Tim and Dina—but Ayana may give him a run for his money. Margarita, I feel, is there for the loud factor and Kentaro is there for the drama—his pieces he showed to Tim were all over the place but very dramatic.

What did YOU think?

Who do YOU want to see win?