Under The Gunn: Don't Cross the Teams
We’re down to six designers, two per team. Tim meets everyone at francesca’s (ie: The Whoever Is Sponsoring The Accessory Wall Now Wall Sponsor.) He is joined by Sei Jin Alt, their Chief Merchandising Officer, which sounds like someone who would champion “Spaceballs: The Flamethrower” without a second thought. Alt tells them the prize for today’s challenge (other than the $5k Tim gives away every week) is having their outfit produced and sold by francesca’s.
Except they’re not making one outfit. They’re making three. So is francesca’s selling all three from the winning team? Or just one? If a collection only has one good outfit, but Alt wants to sell it, does that mean the collection wins, even if another collection is better overall? Rather than explain, Tim pulls out the button bag. This team challenge will not determined by mentoring teams. This means not only are we cross working, but mentors will be cross advising. The teams are:
- Oscar&Shan (Nick&Anya)
- Natalia&Asha (Nick&Mondo)
- Blake&Sam (Anya&Mondo)
Everyone claims this is about to be a disaster. I would suggest, for the show’s sake of getting a second season, that they rethink this. Sketching happens in the store. Surprisingly, they then go to Mood, rather than use fabric that francesca’s pays wholesale for in their warehouse. This make me question if the store are really planning on producing the winning outfit.
I don’t care about Natalia getting run over by Asha. The show has worked really hard to make me care about this, since it’s the plot of the whole episode, but no. Let’s move on to mentoring.
- Oscar&Shan: Oscar says their girl is on her way to a trip to Rome, paid for by mommy and daddy. Ok then. They’re trying to layer their pieces, which gets a big no from both mentors.
- Blake&Sam: Blake has no taste and Sam is a cocky brat. Mondo slaps down what they have with “This is what my grandma makes tamales in.” Nice. Anya finds things to be positive about.
- Asha&Natalia: I don’t care that they have drama. I am glad that both mentors and Tim call Asha out for trying to remove herself from Natalia’s work.
If anything, what annoys me most about this is Asha’s clear lack of professionalism. Your teammate is your teammate, and acting like Natalia is somehow beneath her is immature and makes her look bad. If I liked Asha before, this edit is destroying that.
The models come and go. Blake and Sam are behind in their work. Oscar and Shan have this in the bag.
Day of runway, and the show continues to try to make me care about Asha and Natalia. Nope, still don’t care. Blake and Sam are still behind. Is it wrong to hope a double elimination appears out of nowhere and removes one of these two teams wholesale? I won’t miss any of them.
Let’s go to the runway.
Jen Rade (who always shows up) is here. Zanna Roberts Rassi has returned without a word to explain her absence. Rachel Roy is here too, which a chic new hairdo. All our judges showed up for work! It’s a modern day miracle. Plus they paid Sei Jin Alt enough to come back and decide what, if anything, she will choose to go in the francesca’s store.
First outfit: Why is Blake so boring? This is standard issue hippie-esque wear. The back is a shock, but at least its devoid of the print. Second outfit: The pants Sam made are cute. The blouse Blake made is going to fall apart, especially in the back.
Third outfit: This is Sam’s outfit. I like the top, mostly because there’s no back to shock me or look as if it is about to fall to bits.
Fact is, I’m not in love with the print, so I’m not in love with the collection. But there’s no denying its the most cohesive collection of the three, with the same fabrics used throughout. Jen says you can tell they worked well together. Zanna says it makes her want to go on vacation. Sei Jin loves the print. Ok, if you love the print, you love the collection. So there you go. But she didn’t love any of the individual pieces enough to give this the win, even though it’s the best collection of the three. My questions from earlier are answered.
First outfit: Shan made blocky, semi deconstructed overalls. Looks exactly like the stuff what we saw in the store. The overall part pops off and the outfit becomes a crop top and shorts. That’s actually kinds awesome. Second outfit: Shan’s blazer is blasé, until it turns around and shows a cut out in the back. The outfit underneath is revealed to be two pieces and backless when she removes it.
Third outfit: Oscars made an Anya Daily Special from her season of ProjRun. How many of those maxidresses did she turn out her year?
Everyone loves it. Jen is again pleased to see how well this team worked together. But Rachel sums it up best: each individual piece is awesome. But as a collection the melange of colors is overwhelming. I agree. But Sei Jin loves the individual pieces so much, she doesn’t care. She’s not here to pick a collection. She’s here to pick individual pieces to sell. She clearly is in love with Oscar’s maxidress. But since Oscar insisted when asked that Shan should be given the win (so his children can see their father win something), she gives a bonus win to Shan’s blazer from the second outfit to sell in the store. Both of them get $5k.
In case there’s any doubt the blazer win is an afterthought: Oscar’s maxidress is on sale right now online at francesca’s. (Only $74! After seeing most ProjRun outfits retail in the $300 range, that’s a shock.) Shan’s has a single small pic from the episode at the bottom of the page after several glamour shots of Oscar’s dress. Clicking on it gets you a sign up page for an email alert if they ever bother put it into production.
First outfit: This is the dress Natalia made, and damn does that bust have construction issues. No Nick, the back doesn’t save it. Second outfit: That dashiki Asha made is white girl tacky, and the back looks like a homemade tablecloth. You can’t see Natalia’s shorts.
Third outfit: Actually, Asha’s outfit is pretty cute, in a FreePeople sort of manner.
Jen hates it all of it. She calls the dashiki a “hippie superhero thing.” and pulls the pink dress apart for the poor construction. Zanna calls the three pieces together “way too discombobulated.” Rachel says even the models look uncomfortable in the clothes. No one dives into that Asha acted like an unprofessional moron towards Natalia, or that Natalia essentially gave up. But we are treated to Natalia offering to be sent home because she’s done with all of this.
Is there really a question here of who goes home? Of course Natalia is out. I am supposed to care and be weepy for her and feel proud and whatever else. Frankly, I’m just glad the show now has to drop this idiot drama bullshit they’ve been building on her all these weeks. Good bye.
Nick is down to just Oscar, while Mondo and Anya still have two each.
Next week: the real women challenge, and the usual whining about having to make clothing for someone who is not a size zero.
(pictures via mylifetime.com)