One-Sentence Summary: The designers literally take the shirts off the backs of strangers in a challenge that has them finding inspiration from muses.
Rachel: Well, the ladies have been on a roll and not in a good way. Thus far, four challenges have sent four ladies packing. I gotta say I don’t really agree with a couple of those choices, but they don’t pay me for my opinions… Another thing I disagree with. Strongly. My gut tells me, though, that this week we’ll see one of the gentlemen sent packing. I have to say, I’d be sad to see any of them go… Well, any of them except Austin. Yes, I’m still hung up on that mustache. I just can’t wrap my brain around it. I know it’s the hipster thing to do, but I think it’s really a hipster cry for help. I think when you get to the point where you’re “rocking” a ‘stache and wearing a straw hat with jazz shoes at the same time, you’ve fallen off the edge of the hipster cliff and are in need of an intervention. That’s just my two cents. Shall we look at some fashion?
Party In The Park
This should be fun. I’m loving watching Anthony running around and talking to people. He’s seriously hilarious. The real challenge here is finding something cool that someone is willing to sell. You know people would sell you their $10 crappy t-shirt, but you know the designers don’t want that. They want the cool stuff which is the stuff no one wants to sell. It’s not like they’re running up on the dude in the muscle t and Zubaz asking if he can be their muse. Although it would be a-muse-ing… ha… see what I did there. Looks like Kara might be picking up more than just a shirt. You go girl. Though while she was long on flirtation at the park, she turned up short on money at Mood. Thankfully, these designers were high on Vitamin D from the sunshine and helped a sister out.
Michael is struggling with this crocheted top… Probably because it’s a crocheted top. Sorry but I just think “knit doily” when I see crochet. See! Joanna & I are on the same page. Where’s my job at Marie Claire? Anthony is struggling though which makes me nervous because I love me some Anthony. Have I said that enough yet? Seriously, they could give him a show where he just sits in front of the camera and talks. It’d be a huge hit and I’d be the biggest fan. Anthony likened Jerell’s outfit to a costume from “Coming To America”… Ha! He’s so right. See, I could listen to him all day.
Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater
You know, normally I’ll say it’s cool to help out your fellow man, but actually sewing someone’s outfit seems to cross the line. Lord knows Anya got help last season at every turn and that was not cool. So, in an “All-Star” setting, it seems even more egregious. Then again, Michael running in to tell Mila about the situation is probably not “All-Star” behavior either. Granted, we are talking about Michael Costello.
I love me some Sean Avery. Seriously, I may have to start stalking him in ways you only see in a Lifetime movie. He is that rare mix of man that is super tough, but still sensitive with a sense of style. I mean how many men do you know that can hip check someone into the boards, edit for Men’s Vogue online and pour you a glass of wine from his vintage wine collection all in the same day? Let me answer that for you. You know none, except Sean Avery.
The Runway Week 5
Good News/Bad News
I would have had Mila in the Top 3, but let’s see what the judges say:
Rami – Georgina – Love the trim on the shorts. I can see who your woman is. Isaac – I really like the look. It’s not easy to do shorts. Angela – Always love to see in business suits with style.
Michael – Georgina – I don’t see many women in New York like that. Angela – I thought it was a bathing suit when I first saw it. Isaac – The saggyness of the top is bothersome. Sean – I wish it was paired with a jacket so she wasn’t so bare.
Jerell – Isaac – She should be in the Lion King. It’s a costume. Sean – It’s like Lady Gaga & Gwen Stefani at Burning Man on acid. Georgina – Love the top but I’m torn because there’s so much going on that it’s confusing. Isaac – Something about the big stomach doesn’t look sexy.
Mondo – Angela – I would die for this outfit. Grace [his muse] would be so proud. Georgina – All the details in the back and on the shorts make it so flattering. Isaac – I love how bare it is and how covered it is. Everything about her, I really really like. Sean – I can picture girls on the streets wearing it.
Anthony – Angela – She looks great. Sean – I love it. I would do a double back of a woman who walked by me in that. Georgina – I love the look but 50% of the fabric doesn’t seem to be there. Isaac – It’s lovely but it doesn’t seem to answer the challenge.
Austin – Georgina – Love the proportion. It’s sweet but tough. Sean – Might be a little too much on the left shoulder. Isaac – When I see the details on the lapel & the rip in the stocking, I go “No, she’s out of control.” Yet it’s divine. Angela – I think your muse would be really happy to wear this.
And The Winner Is…
Yay, so happy for my boy Mondo! He finally gets a win! I may be more enthusiastic about this than he is. He’s awfully subdued about it, but it’s still nice to see him win one.
Week 5 Loser: Anthony gets sent home. While they liked the outfit he created, they felt he was lazy and didn’t really embrace the challenge of being inspired by a muse. Ugh, I’m so super bummed! You know, because he’s one of my faves. But I understand why they made the choice. Seems from his reaction that he understands as well and it’s actually Michael that is on stage crying. Anyone else think Michael has the emotional maturity of a 5-year-old?
Well, the first male designer was eliminated tonight. I’m not pleased it was Anthony, but only one can win… And that one will be Mondo.