The contestants announce they’re arriving at the Hearst Tower today, home of Marie Claire Magazine. It’s a dead giveaway of who will be standing with Alyssa–Nina Garcia, who needs no introduction. Alyssa introduces her anyway, stating that this “someone from their past who presently holds the key to their future.” (You can tell when this was filmed, because Nina still has the cast boot on.) The oversized man hulking behind them turns out not to be a bodyguard, but in fact Alyssa’s other guest–Scott Davies of Zales Sales. He is extremely wooden as he introduces his diamond jewelry as also having something to do with past, present and future–getting engaged. (Because most people only buy their overpriced tacky jewelry because they think they’re supposed to when they get engaged.)
Apparently Zales Sales is also offering a $10k gift card and a $15k pendant to the winner, which sounds like it was their entry fee to being part of the show. The challenge for this rather surprisingly expensive prize–a party dress that “represents your past, present and future of love.” The good news–no one has jewelry assigned to them they have to design around. The bad news–they only have an $100 budget at Mood. The anti-Kate news–a party dress apparently means “no white or black.” The Because-it’s-Lifetime news: they have only one day.
Sketching occurs in the foyer of the building near by the Zales Sales display stand, and after shopping for yards of reds and pink fabrics, it’s back the workroom. Already, everyone is talking about their relationships (or lack thereof) in the asides. I smell tears and emotional confessions coming.
Zanna’s not going to stand for idle tears, is she? Let’s hope not. She seems more interesting in selling this as the “Nina Garcia” challenge. She’s also a bit annoyed at all the red in the room.
- Gunnar: She’s clearly bored by his red and white dress and demands some “surprise” from him.
- Ben: points for using gold instead of red, but the dress is a yawn. Zanna calls it “fine.” It’s not a complement.
- Sonjia: She has a grandmotherly lace. No surprise Zanna calls it Mother of the Bride.
- Helen: Her red dress is tacky. Zanna sneers “someone’s in love” at it. Turns out, not so much. Here comes the tears.
- Dmitry: AND I QUOTE “Just because it’s a party dress does not mean we have to abort our taste level.”
- Kate: She went with a very light silver, which is almost cheating. Zanna is not impressed by the silhouette: “Oh! Kate’s pregnant!“
- Justin: Let’s cry about being deaf and having a boyfriend and ooh over paint symbols and ignore the dress altogether.
- Michelle: Her lace leans more purple than traditional pink. Zanna’s more interested in the fact that she’s heading into a second marriage.
- Jay: Another pink that leans purple, with an interesting bodice. Zanna is more interested in his tale of a ten-year relationship.
- Fabio: He’s got a traditional Barbie pink bolero over a striped pink patterned fabric. Zanna is distracted and shocked by the concept of “open relationship.”
- Samantha: She’s got a bright yellow fabric, and no personal stories that she’s willing to share. Zanna is disappointed.
No one starts over, no one seems all that interested in injecting anything more than they already have into their dressed. To Kate’s credit, when she realizes her model hates the dress, she decides to go for some alterations. No one else seems to have second thoughts.
Day of runway and other than the usual panicking, there’s not much. Gunnar and Kate seem to be in the worst shape, while Sonjia seems to have pulled some cobalt blue dress out of nowhere. No one cares much about hair and makeup, but I do note that the extra time with the Whoever Is Sponsoring The Wall Now Wall really is a thing this season.
Let’s see if anyone cries about having their love life put in the bottom. My money’s on “yes.”