This is it! It’s the home visits and another designer getting tossed out the window. I know everyone loves her, but I think Anya, Grand Duchess of Bedwear, needs to be given the spike-heeled boot. The DVR offers an abnormally bland summary this week: Twelve contestants from across the country pit their skills against me another in a no-holds-barred competition to see who can Crete the best most-according-to-guidelines fashion design, building up to one last challenge between finalists.
- Josh goes to either end of the spectrum, scaring the crap out of Tim.
- Kim’s looks all make her models butts look huge.
- Anya’s collection looks like the graduating class of some Hawaiian high school.
- Viktor continues being fabulous.
- Anya gets the boot.
Heidi introduces “the lovely Tim Gunn, for whom someone decided the Gong Show theme was appropriate entry music.
StraightColin says: What the hell is the vest Josh is wearing? Are there books on that vest? Is it a library vest? It’s like library cammo. Moreover, what books are they?
As we send the designers off, most of them are excited to get home and get to work. Kim is rather honest that she’s not going to miss a damn thing. Moving on to the home visits, with Kim first! Girl has trimmed down a bit, but something tells me there’s lots of stress easting while holed up at Atlas. Girl looks good! Tim makes a comment that her home is beautiful and huge, but the camera placement makes it seem like he’s talking about her butt.
The things she’s showing Tim now seem to be a little more sophisticated than anything we’ve seen for her during the season. She clearly functions better in a comfortable environment with more time to prepare. But that may be stating the obvious. These old home photos of Kim are adorable. She looks like an extra from Saved by the Bell and I love it.
StraightColin says: And just a hop, skip, and a jump away in Trinidad, Tim wears the same suit and waddles down a pier. Now to the veranda to enjoy some white wine.
So I don’t want to seem callous, but the producers are taking great pains to highlight dead relatives for all the designers. We have Kim’s mom, Josh’s mom, and now Anya’s brother. In Anya’s case, I can’t remember this ever having been mentioned in the episode, and I just don’t understand the point of bringing it up now. Ok, she’s home with her family. But I feel like they’re going out of their way to set up emotional connections with all the designers.
Anya’s using the sister island of Tobago for her inspiration. How does that translate into the design? Lots of beachy colors, earth tones, and bedsheets. Her little fabric wall looks like the curtains display at Bed Bath & Beyond. Apparently she’s not clear on shapes and actual garments. Does this come as a surprise to anyone?
We head back to New York to visit Viktor and see how he’s doing. Tim gets winded from five flights of stairs, which makes me wonder if he has one of those automatic stair chairs back at home. And, surprise, Viktor’s brother died, too. Look, kids: I’ve lost family members as well. But this is beginning to feel like a poorly executed trope. Viktor’s collection looks solid. I’m not too worried here. That white jacket is fierce, and everything looks exciting, consistent, and well-made. Tim wants Viktor to let his viscera dictate, and I have no idea what the hell that means.
StraightColin says: She rolled out of bed and took the duvet. It’s Carol Burnett making a dress out of drapes.
There are all sorts of sad things happening with Kim’s looks. That first shirt is a bow. Using curtains that my mom wouldn’t use in her southwestern-themed bedroom. And if Remona wouldn’t use them, you know it’s bad. The pants are ok, I guess, but with those shoes I’m just… confused. She looks like Sporty Spice out for a night on the town. I’m going to save my comments on the pink skirt for the breakdown, but it suffices to say that I screamed. In a bad way. And that last dress look like glamorous cultist robes.
I’m actually blown away by Josh’s looks. There’s a cohesion here that is startling, and just enough editing. These looks all feel like Josh in the least terrifying way possible. Bravo, darling!
The judges seem to be on my side with Anya’s looks. She has one home run and the other two are just dreadful. Michael of course encapsulates the look in a word – tortured. Kim’s two shirts are ridiculous. I don’t know what’s happening here. Sure, they’re bright and sexy, but everything is over-styled. It shows her point of view, but I don’t know that it’s a point of view that is shared by anyone. And Anya is a little too smug considering they more or less said Maria Von Trapp did that dress better.
Pro tip: If Heidi wants to put your clothes on at this point – and does – you’re going to fashion week. Congratulations, Viktor.
The boys are in (no surprise there), and the girls are shooting daggers at each other in anticipation. It’s a rock and a hard place to be honest. Kim was less terrible, I suppose. And the judges seem to agree! Very glad! Tough nuts, Anya. Learn to make some pants.
And… nevermind. Because she’s in too. If I had a hat, I would throw it on the floor. I’m so confused right now. I don’t know what’s going on.
Do you guys know what’s going on? Should Anya have been tossed out on her bedsheets? Does this episode seem like a waste of time? Help clear me of my confusion!