This week’s anatomically inspired challenge on The Fashion Show: The Ultimate Challenge left Michael’s design dead on arrival. He was under the fire this episode and put his house in jeopardy with his “shrunken dress” incident. Apparently, it was a dye-job gone wrong that caused the shrinking and Michael ended up shrinking himself from the competition.
“I’d rather do nothing than do something bad.”
And that’s exactly what he did. Looking for excuses to not finish his “imperfect” project, he left his piece with three hours to spare to eat and spend more time pacing around the studio. He returned armed with scissors in hand, cut his dress to pieces, threw it in the trash and stormed out of the work room.
“He’s a schmuck!” echoed from the mouths of the contestants, disappointed with his behavior and even more frustrated with a loss to their collection.
With Michael’s self-elimination, the worrisome teammates of Nami pulled together to create a sixth look to avoid being disqualified. Again with the help of Cesar, the savior, they made it work (pardon the Project Runway expression) and cranked out a dress with only one hour to spare. Not to mention, every design needed to have one element that was reversible in some way.
On the other team, Calvin, for once, lent a helping hand to teammate Golnessa, but to no surprise, his temper emerged minutes before the show when a conflict arose with Tamara about her pleating dilemma. Nevertheless, the show must go on...
Strutting to the beat of a pumping heart, the models for House of Emerald showed a more cohesive collection this week. Like fresh blood, the sanguine pieces streamed down the runway with a fluidity much improved from last week. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep them alive in the competition.
Nami’s more fleshly palate was definitely the more creative collection inspired by muscle fibers, blood vessels and even the female genitalia. And again, they were declared the winning design house. What made this the ultimate collection? “The sophistication of the palate,” said Mizrahi. “It was theme and variation as opposed to one melody.”
Luckily for Emerald, because of Michaels walk-out, no one was eliminated from their house. Instead, a last minute decision was made to rebalance some of the talent and dissolve the dissension between team members. Unluckily for Nami, Calvin was sent to their house and they were give one minute to decide who would sacrifice themselves to the other (losing) team. Of course, Cesar was the bigger person and volunteered himself to make the move. Poor Nami lost a hero, and gained a villain. This should be interesting...