…and then there were four. Again. For the first time, for the last time. Etc.
We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Heidi declaiming “And you go to fashion week!” “And you go to fashion week” “And you! And you!” In the Green Room, Tim is almost in tears from joy of not having to send anyone to the workroom to clean up their stuff. instead, he sends them all back to the Yotel to try and magically unwind before the 48hours they have to restyle everything.
Once we are alone with the contestants it becomes clear that Christopher is incoherently angry that he feels like the judges made it sound like were doing him–The Frontrunner! With Four Wins To His Name!–a favor by moving him forward. (I hate to break it to him, but did you see what you put on the runway? They totally did him a favor.) Fabio, in contrast, is calm, and understands that he has to make things more high end. Dmitry is trying to restyle his outfits and move things around. Christopher has no idea what the judges expected from him. Melissa is determined to add color to her collection.
The next morning, Tim arrives with the positivity, $300 dollars for each of them and the car to head over to Mood for their last buying spree. He makes sure to emphasize that this is not about trying to remake one’s entire collection, but to “fill in the holes.” Dmitry and Fabio have a successful trip, picking up bits and bobs for hole filling. Melissa is also having a successful trip, even though her “hole” that needs filling is far wider. Meanwhile, Christopher wanders around in a whiny fog of resentment. He is just as useless during the hair consultation with the Name Dropping Hair Salon folks. Jesus man, can’t you take any criticism? He cops an attitude when the models show up because he’s “not ready.” Fabio apparently took both his and Christopher’s share of that positivity Tim brought at the beginning of the day because he’s happily changing things. Poor Melissa has discovered she’s made a dress that the model cannot walk in. Sadly, she chooses to focus on making the new dress, rather than fixing this one. This is what happens when you show up with a collection that disappoints Nina, people!
The end of day arrives with everyone except Dmitry sitting at sewing machines frantically sewing. The next morning Tim arrives with the calm, and the news they will lose time to the Product Displaying Make Up people. I’m amazed Christopher doesn’t throw a fit about that as well.
Tim comes in for his final check in. At every point we are treated to Christopher insecurely sneering at the other contestants work. I’ve never seen the show channel that it’s time to dislike “the frontrunner” harder than in this episode:
- Melissa–She tells Tim some of her stuff fit and the rest are minor tweaks, conveniently forgetting about the dress the model can’t walk in. She then shows him the muslin of the new dress she’s making to add to the collection. He approves of it, and the “blood orange” leathery fabric she’s making it out of.
- Dmitry–He thinks he can make things look young with the makeup and hair. Tim is worried that the silver leaf hair effect Dmitry is considering will distract from the clothes.
- Christopher–He’s working on his new look, but Tim is worried it looks cheap. He is also flabbergasted at the sheer amount of looks Christopher has going and snaps at him to finish up the ones in motion instead of trying to make more.
- Fabio–He says “Lux lux lux” to Tim and shows some new pieces. Tim is ecstatic about them. He says Fabio must have had an epiphany. Fabio agrees that he did. Everyone is thrilled.
Christopher hates his new looks, and he’s yelling at his clothes that they are cheesy. That’s no way to treat your hard working fabrics, young man! Melissa’s new dress piece is *really* complex, but, hey, that’s how she works. They are the insane side of the room. Dmitry and Fabio are chill on their side, eating lunch, relaxing on couches, happily feeling like they are done. The music underscoring the two sides is a nice touch.
Tim shows up to announce they have 15 minutes until they must clean up and clear out, leading to my favorite exchange of the night, that begins when Tim demands to know why Christopher looks so stressed out. He’s got so many looks! He was ready this morning!
“No I wasn’t,” says Christopher, like a fussy five year old.
Tim looks shocked. Christopher continues in a listless tone: “I have two more looks to make!” It reminds me of the attitude a toddler gives when they don’t want playtime to be over.
“Oh that’s ridiculous! You don’t have two more looks to make!” Tim snaps, in a tone very reminiscent of a mom who is ready to run errands and knows her toddler is being silly.
“Yeah I do!” pouts Christopher. “I’m making them!”
Tim is not having any of this. “Well you have 15 minutes to finish up whatever you’re doing and then I’m coming to get you.”
Tim returns in 15 minutes, this time with champagne. “Ooooh! ALCOHOL!” says Dmitry with the longing of a man who has been dry for 16 long weeks.
Tim informs Christopher this is no time to be petulant, to stop working and come have a drink. Christopher isn’t interested in such advice and takes the drinking time to continue his whiny five year old brat act towards the other contestants. I know the judges favored him, but if any contestant just proved the judge’s faith was misplaced, it’s Christopher and his stank behavior.
With that, it’s time to head to the tents in Lincoln Center and the runway.