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    The Fashion Show 5/21 Recap: So-So Sewing

    Greetings, darlings! Iím a bit late to the party this week, because I just flew home yesterday from the fashion capital of the country, if not the worldóNew York City. As I walked past Parsonís on Tuesday afternoon, my heart was touched with a pang of longing to see Tim Gunn. Oh, MizRo, youíre just no match for Mr. Gunn. But I have decided I like The Fashion Show for this reason: Isaac Mizrahiís hair is hysterical and looks like a jug head hat all the time.

    The fix is in.

    Last week Laura was rightfully booted for abuse of red tulle and no one seems to miss her. As the next day dawns and the designers prepare themselves for a new challenge, Reco expresses his dislike for his team. Heís stuck with three teammates who cannot execute a design well and knows heíll never win if heís stuck on that team. The designers assemble in their workroom in a non-descript brick warehouse-like building and are greeted by MizRo who promise no rest for the weary or the chic. They first must face the mini-challenge of the day: fixing screwed up garments. Thereís a jacket that needs buttons put on and a shoulder pad/lining fix, and a skirt that needs the zipper repaired and the hem put back in. After all, these folks are in fashion and should be able to sew, right? To make things more complicated, the teams have to fix the problems relay-style and have only 35 minutes to complete the challenge. Markus thinks the time restraint is insane; I have to agreeóit could take me 35 minutes to just do the buttons alone. The judges will pick a winner overall, and that designer will have immunity from elimination.

    And theyíre off! First up is fixing the shoulder pad, then the buttons with 24 minutes remaining. Markus doesnít know how to sew on a button and bleeds all over the garment. Third up is the zipper repair, which is no easy task. The clock ticks down to 9 minutes and they are still working on the zipper. Finally, itís hem time, with five minutes left. The clock runs down and the results are reviewed by the judgesóMizRo & Laura Brown of the magazine that sponsors this challenge. (HelloÖI was serious last week. No free mags in my mailbox, no plug in the recap.) They start with James-Paulís team. Lidia did a clean job on the shoulder pad/lining fix and James-Paul did well on the buttons. On to Havenís team they go and she screwed up the by causing some puckering in the skirt and Markusí button job is not so hot. Finally, on Annaís team, Andrew did a good job fixing the zipper and Keith didnít finish putting in the hem. Havenís team is not a winner, but itís close between the other two teams. Laura then picks James-Paulís team as the winner because of Lidiaís excellent job on the shoulder pads; since she did the best job, she gets immunity.

    Coats of many compartments.

    MizRo sends the teams off to figure out who the next head designer will be on each team. Lidia is picked to take over for James-Paul, Daniella takes over for Anna, and Reco takes over for Haven. Reco is happy about this turn of events. MizRo shows up again to announce the elimination challenge: design outerwear for all four seasons, and the coats must have a bit of something extraÖlike maybe a secret compartment in which to stash a helicopter.

    There are only 14 hours on the clock for this challenge and the teams meet to discuss what the themes will be. Lidiaís and Daneillaís teams find their inspiration in a traveling woman while Reco goes out on a limb and suggests Aeon Flux as the inspiration. Markus thinks that the idea is a bit too outer space and not enough glamour. Daniella shoots down Andrewís crazy idea of a trench coat with a clear back. James-Paul is going to make a winter coat that turns into a sleeping bag. Haven wants to design a coat that doubles as a makeup bag. Markus wants to have jewelry storage in his coat.

    After buying fabrics, itís back to the workroom to get things going. Lidia is making a raincoat with an attached umbrella. Reco is saddled with making all the patterns for his team; he thinks his teammates are delusional and arenít designers at all. With the call of ďokay beetches,Ē Merlin announces the end of the first day. Back at the apartments, Keith gripes that a coat should just be a coat, not a refrigerator too.

    Day two dawns and Reco is working on a ski suit which will have something to transform into a wrap. Anna is making a longer bomber-style jacket with pockets in the sleeves. Markus canít even do a stitched lining, which is absurd to even me. Daniella practically designs Andrewís coat for him, but he canít seem to get it together.

    MizRo stops by to see whatís going on and to cast meaningful glances at one another. They ask Daniella what who her teamís inspiration woman is; she says their ďclientĒ would be an Upper East Side woman carrying a clutch only, so she needs places to store things. Andrew talks about his raincoat that starts out as a short jacket but can be lengthened when it rains. Daniella privately gripes that itís her design and heís not even executing it well. Kelly suggests that Andrew has played it safe in the prior two challenges, so Daniella encourages him to make the transition from short jacket to long rain coat dramaticómake the length even greater. Andrew just sits there and mumbles ďmmmhmmmĒ while spacing out.

    MizRo then chats with Lidiaís team; James-Paul shows his winter coat-to-sleeping bag design, and thatís when the eyebrows come up. MizRo then checks out Recoís team; Isaac notes the four designs have a color story going on and Reco says his inspiration is a trip to Mars. More glances are exchanged amongst the MizRo set. Isaac asks Reco if heís consulting with his teammates on construction; yes, says Recoóevery ten minutes heís telling them what to do. Johnny thinks Reco is a show-off; heís making a coat with shoe storage because all women love shoes. Haven is making a summer coat with the cosmetic storage. Isaac notes the odd shape of the coatóit balloons out at the hips, but tight at the top. Haven canít describe whatís going on, so Reco takes over and explains the pod/storage concept.

    Out in the Gossip Hall, MizRo consult over what theyíve seen. They are worried about Andrew, and Isaac is not thrilled with Havenís poofy bottomed jacket that looks like the Seattle Space Needle.

    Back in the workroom the models arrive for fitting; Merlin yammers about something, but I seriously think heís just some third rate imitation John Leguizamo stand-up character. Reco loves his look on the model and James-Paul instructs his model to make the coat into a sleeping bag and lay down on the runway. Markus is still sewing at the end of the day, and Reco canít help him any more since he has to finish his own garment.

    What, no Snuggie?

    The day of the show on the Triangle of Doom arrives, and itís time for final touches to be put on the coats. Markus is still sewing and Recoís ego keeps getting larger by the minute. Hey, at least the dude can sew. Haven works frantically to close up some holes in her coat, but time is up. Angelís model has a broken zipper but there is no time to fix it; the model will have to figure it out herself.

    Daniellaís team shows first. Keith sends down a silver, short-sleeved summer coat with a removable bottom that doubles as a sunbathing blanket. Andrew shows a copper spring coat; the of the ďshortĒ version of the jacket is a bit swing-y and kind of looks like a bubble skirt. It folds down to make a long trench coat and zipper compartments on the sides open up to bring out two long pieces that connect together to make a hood. MizRo loves it. Daniella is not pleased Andrew is taking complete credit for something she pretty much designed herself without his input. Anna shows a fall coat; itís in a woven tweed material in various shades of brown. The long, somewhat full sleeves come in at the wrist and the coatís fullness is brought in at the hips by a wide band of more fitted material of the same kind the rest of the coat is made of. There are compartments for a purse, gloves, and a scarf. Finally, Daniella shows a winter coat made of shiny, camel-colored materials. There are layered ruffles on the sleeves that conceal compartments for storing phones, iPods, and the like.

    Lidiaís team is up next. Angel has made a shiny sliver spring coat with 3/4 Ėlength sleeves, a side zipper, and decorative double-breasted buttons. The bottom unzips to make the coat longer, but the zipper is clearly not attached properly and everyone notices. Lidiaís summer coat is made of blue plastic material and comes with a strange bonnet/hat thing. The side unzips and thereís some kind of other sheath coat thing under it as a lining. Iím not sure what to make of it. Merlin made a fall coat entirely of black heavy material. Itís got a big hood on it and tons of zippers. The coat holds a little plastic backpack to carry the hood if the coat gets too hot. Finally, James-Paul shows his winter sleeping bag coat; itís highly constructed, black, and somewhat quilted. The model dances goofily down the runway, takes off the coat, and lies down. Fern Mallis thinks it looks like a casket, which doesnít put Isaac off, as heís into caskets. Me, I think it just looks like a cocoon.

    Recoís team brings up the rear. Johnnyís spring coat is white, short in length with long sleeves, and a bit of an A-line. The back has six shoe bags attached so that when it is hung up in the closet, it acts as a shoe organizer. Havenís summer coat is sleeveless, fitted at the top, and balloons out at the hips. Itís beige with red piping and the skirt holds all kinds of hair products. Markusí fall coat is short-sleeved, white, and has a cowl-like neckline. The cowl doubles as a jewelry travel bag. Even the audience can see how poorly he executed the sewing. Finally, Recoís winter coat is a well-fitted white snow suit with red detailing. The hood has a red short cape that is attached to it and to the back of the snow suit. Unclipping the belt on the suit unfurls the cape, which actually holds stuff, like a Thermos. MizRo loves it and Reco loves their reaction.

    Yeah, yeah, yeahÖyíall canít sew. We get it already.

    On the judgesí panel tonight are, of course, Isaac, Kelly, and Fern; joining them is Norma Kamali, the creator of the original sleeping bag coat, the wearer of really bad bridge work, and a fan of Corey Hart, as sheís wearing her sunglasses at what can only be presumed to be night, as the studio is so dark.

    Isaac starts out the panel by saying that overall, they did a good job. However, he notes, there were some seriously sketchy fabric choices; Norma echoes this sentiment, stating that craftsmanship is key when using cheaper fabrics. James-Paul didnít know Norma would be there, but she liked his homage to her. Lidiaís team is safe, and they sit down. From the audience cards, Daniellaís team won and Recoís team lost. Recoís team sits down for a moment while the winner is chosen.

    The models for Daniellaís team come out; Norma really likes Annaís fall coat, but Isaac thinks the pockets for the gloves in the sleeves isnít that original of an idea. Fern thinks itíd be great for shoplifting. Fern loves the dramatic length of Andrewís coat and Norma thinks it was shown wrong on the Triangle of Doom, but likes it anyway. Isaac comments that the coat looked different in the workroom earlier, and Andrew explains he took their comments to heart and became more focused. Daniella doesnít want to say it, but itís apparent on her face sheís not pleased. When prompted she says that she did more than oversee the design as team leaderóshe designed it, chose the length, and the fabric. Andrew doesnít agree and says he did the hood. Norma says that as design directors never get the credit and have to suck it up and deal. Then, after some dramatic pauses, Andrew the menís underwear designer wins the challenge, much to the chagrin of Daniella.

    Recoís team then faces the judges. Isaac points out that this is the second time in a row the team has lost but then goes on to say that Recoís design was his favorite and itís a shame they canít reward the best look on the losing team. The two worst looks on the team come outóMarkusí and Havenís coats. Havenís hair spray toting coat was described as a ďhairdresserís smock with Mickey Mouse earsĒ by someone in the audience. Haven defends her garment by saying it was funny and she couldnít think of anything better to put in the coat, since she is always fixing her hair. Fern and Norma each say something that isnít all that relevant and Haven comes back with being unsure if she should be there, given her lack of sewing skills. At this point, Iím missing the Magical Elves more than Tim Gunn. Címon editors, at least try to make it make sense! Isaac says her sewing isnít so bad, but Fern says Haven lacks confidence.

    Thankfully they move on to Markusí hot mess of a coat. Kelly calls him out on the bad sewing right away. The sleeves are particularly shoddy, but Markus thinks he did a better job than in the prior challenge and that his jewelry roll turned out well. Isaac likes the jewelry roll idea and thought that showed a sense of humor, but Fern thinks it looks like someone selling fake Rolexes on the streets would use. What is up with Fern and all her crime references? Secret life as a NYC street punk, maybe?

    Off in the Deliberation Corridor, the judges discuss what they just heard. Isaac thinks Haven is nowhere near the worst sewer there, but sheís lacking a sensitivity to fabric and shape. Markus is a terrible sewer and hasnít gotten any better, but he defended his garment better albeit with an inflated ego. So it comes down to confidence problems versus terrible sewing skills. Back out on the Triangle of Doom, Isaac says that they worry heís a bit of a dreamer and not a designer and lacks the desire to execute them beautifully. He says Haven has more skill than she thinks she does, but without confidence, itís a tough decision for the judges to make. After just a moment, Isaac sends Markus home and decreases the whining on The Fashion Show by about 40%.

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    Re: The Fashion Show 5/21 Recap: So-So Sewing

    Norma Kamali, the creator of the original sleeping bag coat, the wearer of really bad bridge work, and a fan of Corey Hart, as sheís wearing her sunglasses at what can only be presumed to be night, as the studio is so dark.
    Ha! Im glad someone else noticed that! She needs to lay off the botox as well. I dont think i saw her face move once while she was talking

    Isaac sends Markus home and decreases the whining on The Fashion Show by about 40%.
    Ha! Yea i guess so. True the guy couldnt sew but idk i thought he was kinda cool

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