First off, I am loving the production team and their masterful use of editing.
I loved the idea of the show opening with Ivy congratulating Gretchen on her second win, and Gretchen announcing that she loves how the group is so caring and loving.
Cut to the boy’s apartment and Mikey D saying, “I hate that bitch.”
Back to Gretchen, who says she knows the others knew she would win , before she won, and were rooting for her.
Now cut to April: “Gretchen’s winning is annoying.” And Peach talking about the increase in girth of Gretchen’s head from the first win to the second. We’ll see more of that girth as the episode progresses.
Take a 100-bucks, and spend it at the Party Glitters store, creating an outfit out of unusual items. Tim gathers the designtestants in front of the store, and tells them this is their chance to go wild, to think outside the box, to be inventive.
Tim: “I want you to know that our judges don’t respond well to materials that correspond as fabrics…table cloths, wrapping paper…..”
The designers flood the store like club kids looking for a party. There are leis and paper plates, plastic cups and palm trees, ribbons and foam flowers. It’s a mad mad mad mad mad mad world up in there.
Except for Casanova, who just doesn’t get the challenge. Then he spies “plosh pubbies” and realizes he can use the animal, um, skins, as fabric, and off he goes to the table cloth aisle.
Two minutes earlier: Tim: “I want you to know that our judges don’t respond well to materials that correspond as fabrics…table cloths, wrapping paper…..”
As the plosh pubbies might say, Ruh roh!
AJ, naturally, thinks this is his challenge to win because this is what he does, you know, gluing cupcakes and dolls to tulle and calling it a dress. Gretchen, on the other hand, denounces the challenge as cheese, because she doesn’t do cheese. Her aesthetic, and we’ll hear her discuss her aesthetic ad nauseum–I know this because I literally threw up the next time she mentioned it–throughout the episode.
In the interests of openness and honesty, I must say that, during the first episode meet-and-greet, I liked Gretchen. I thought of her as the Portland Oregon Bohemian designer and liked her personality. Even when she won with that bland, er, black dress with the glitter-capped-sleeves, I thought, Well, okay. It’s kinda good…[though not as good as Andy’s].
But when she won the second week for that Olivia Newton-John Xanadu reject, I wondered who she was schtupping on the show. And now, this week, she goes from nice Urban Boho, to know-it-all bitch. I am so ready for her to go bottom three.
But I digress.
She told Tim she was thinking of doing something subtle, as she sat next to a table of hot pink napkins and zebra print plastic cups. Yeah, Peach, that says subtle.
As a trainwreck.
Worried that she’s taking this all too seriously, Tim tells Peach she has a piece of coal up her ass, and to squeeze it into a diamond already and pop it out.
And then use it to create a hat for this subtle design.
That said, I do like the fun of the dress. It screams party, but not in a bad, well, AJ way.
Peach Cobbler gets a pass.
Gollum, er, Mondo went all girly and pink and cotton candy last night. But he is opening up a bit to the other designers. I loved how he wanted to wear a fake mustache, hopefully to throw off the judges? But he likes this challenge because it caused his hands to finally stop trembling.
And his dress is so stiff up top, that it doesn’t tremble either. But it gets a fun and flirty pink girl passage to safety.
He had a whole bunch of glittery streamers, but they do not make an appearance on his dress. Too bad, it might have saved this mess from looking like a disco lamp shade. The top is kinda fun, but the bottom literally looks like the collar I got from the vet when one of the cats had ear surgery.
This is, as he says, flamenco meets Beyonce meets Michael C.