When we last left our quartet, no one was auffed, and all four are going to have their fashion week shows broadcast on basic cable. Anya is frantic to rework her pieces out of disaster land and into something that isn’t going to embarrass her. We know she’s the queen of miracles, but this is a stretch. Viktor is riding high on his critique. Josh is frothing at the mouth that his chances of winning are still 25% instead of 33.3%. Kimberly’s just happy to be here.
Tim shows up, tells the contestants how much he loved each and every piece that the judges hated, and gives everyone a pep talk about how awesome they are. (Even Josh?) He hands them $500 for no good reason except to do whatever they want to help edit their collection as they see fit, and takes them to Mood for the last time. Funny that since we moved to Lifetime, they don’t bother show the bones of the production like they used to. The finale used to be filled with the model castings, and the nitty-gritty of editing pieces for each model, along with a last minute “make an evening gown/bathing suit/etc to go with your line, and cut a piece out of your line to make room for it” style challenge. I guess with the amount of changes some of our contestants *coughAnyacough* have to make, they thought an extra twist was too much? Obviously they have the money to spend at Mood if they’re giving contestants $500 for “edits.” Maybe they felt with four competitors for the runway, they didn’t think there would be time? I’m not agreeing with this choice. Instead, this next part feels like 30 minutes of filler until we get to the 3am call at the tents.
Anya attempts to buy inspiration. Josh buys more incredibly bright fabrics that should make Tim want to weep in horror. Viktor is determined to rework his gorgeous smoke dress (Really? Sad!), and try to “change up his line.” This strikes me as a terrible idea. Kimberly doesn’t have any more clear direction than she did before, and Tim warns her about gilding the lily. Meanwhile, Josh is having a breakdown over the pressure, and his inability to edit himself. The more time the give him, the more rope he has to hang himself. Anya steps up and comforts him, once again winning herself the title of the sweetest contestant in the game.
Tim’s check in: He tries to help Kimberly with her booty skirt, but she doesn’t have a good plan on how to fix it. She doesn’t know how she’s going to fix anything. Anya feels like she’s improved with her new fabric choices and outfits, but her speech to Tim sounds defeatist, and like she’s accepted she not going to win this. Viktor is getting rid of things Tim (and I) love in favor of things that are not as good, which confused us both, and gives me very bad feelings about Viktor having this in the bag. Josh’s new pieces don’t go with the vision the judges thought they saw on the runway. The new shorts are just horrendous. The longer the man has to work, the more he derails himself. Watch, the judges are going to love it, and I’m going to be totally confused.
On to the collections!
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