This week's challenge: Create an iconic look, in the style of design legend Bob Mackie (see: Cher at the 1986 Oscars), for an icon, superstar Christina Aguilera. Now, this is the kind of challenge we the viewers love to see! Give the designers a little more time, and a little more freedom with their inspiration, and let them go! Like the couture gown challenge that inspired previous winner Jeffrey Sebelia to create that gorgeous yellow plaid gown, we're hopeful that this challenge will finally highlight someone as the front runner! However… I think it is pretty darn funny that just last week, Shirin and the judges were poo-pooing the divorcee's desire for a Cher look, and here we are this week, honoring Bob Mackie… Oops!
Next up, Tim Gunn comes in and rocks the work room. As Christopher says, he's like a tornado, throwing sequins and hopes out the window! But it makes sense. Making a show piece for stage and screen is definitely showing who has trouble with their taste level. So the designers are going a little crazy, but coping. Althea says, this challenge has been a lot of fun compared to the others, and I would say, it's been a lot more fun for us, too! A much better balance of the designers' personalities, their work, and a little snark from Tim. And glittery dresses for us to look at! Will this season finally rebound?
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Who wound up on top? Finally, Carol Hannah takes it home! While Nicholas and Althea had pretty looks, they weren't as original. I don't think I've made it any secret that Carol Hannah is my favorite, so I was thrilled that she won for a challenge that I thought she really deserved. And who said sayonara? Logan was safe, of course, because he's good looking, but also because his dress could've been great with a few alterations. Christopher was saved, who knows why. Sparkle panties! Seriously? So Shirin went home for her garment that was bad, but also boring. And we're pretty much okay with that.
And now, your memorable quotes! Thank goodness there actually were some this week.
My work that I do for theater and for film is very grand with feathers and lace and crystals and just, ombre! – Nicholas drops the O-bomb. In previous seasons we heard a LOT about ombre, but this season, this is the first mention, I think!
People are running rampant. They're grabbing anything that has any sort of shine, sheen, sequins, beads… Feathers, leather, fur… - Shirin, Gordana
You give me some sequins, some feathers and some lace and I will create you a couture garment! – Nicholas
You can definitely tell the people that know what they're doing and they got the right fabric and they're feeling good. And then you see the sort of deer in the headlights look. They're staring at their fabric and you can tell they have no idea what to do with this stuff. – Irinia
We have four challenges left after this one. Four. Just so you know. No pressure! – Nicholas
Too simple? Crazy sequins with a print, stuff on the sides, chains, lined in pink… that's not too simple! – Carol Hannah to Logan
I just have to be Speedy Gonzales! – Gordana
I'm don't really know what Shirin is making. I'm not sure Shirin really knows what Shirin is making. – Carol Hannah
This is 1999 in the costume department, as an ice skating Halloween outfit! – Tim to Christopher
You and Christopher, your both thinking about this… she comes out in a pumpkin and pops out! – Tim to Althea
Good God! Talk about deja vu! – Tim to Nicholas
I'm thinking this looks like Guinevere meets Vampira… This looks like student work… Looks like it's for a 16-year-old's really bad prom. – Tim to Shirin
I'm 99% sure that by the time I leave her, I'm going to have sewn through my finger. – Carol Hannah
Logan's my friend! Who's really hot! It's distracting. I'm like the only person this would happen to. I'm blushing. – Carol Hannah has a crush!
Everyone seems like they're going nuts. People are slowing starting to like break down and crack. – IrinaConsidering that Bob Mackie is my idol, I really can't choke on this one! – Nicholas
Carol Hannah, the little one, the blonde, annoys the sh*t out of me. She's so mediocre. I just feel like if you're mediocre, just at least have like a great personality. – Irina. Wow.
Irina's actually a really good designer. The only problem with her is that she's a bitch. – Nicholas
My point of view is a little odd and a little different. With a bustier and sparkle panties, you can't ask for anything more. – Christopher
Anything that could go wrong with me this challenge, is going wrong with me this challenge. – Gordana. Lucky she has immunity!For me, I see like an upscale witch Halloween dress. There needs to be like a pointy black hat and a broom and it would be a perfect Halloween outfit. – Heidi to Shirin
I think the back looks really nice on her bum. – Heidi to Althea
I am worried that everything that I've seen here is something that's been done and seen before. – Welcome back, Nina! Telling it like it is! Where is the talent this season?!I wouldn't put that on a chorus girl behind the star. – Bob Mackie to Christopher
It's giving me cave woman a little, with the sleeves cut off. – Christina
That was very unfortunate. – Nina on Shirin
It looked like the road company of the PussyCat Dolls! – Bob MackiePut diamonds on the crotch and you're homefree! – Bob Mackie
Until next week!
– Hayley Wells
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