When they get to the workroom, there are garments on their dress forms. Time explains that they are examples of items from Heidi’s New Balance collection for inspiration, but that the contestants are not allowed to cut them up! I suppose when you have spent weeks getting people to create fashion from anything that doesn’t move, you do have to be explicit about what cannot be sacrificed to the challenge. Everyone seems quite thrilled to be making active wear, which is a whole different animal from sportswear, which itself has very little to do with sports. I fear I’m starting to get the hang of all this fashion talk.
- Helen’s outfit is boring; she really ought to get to work on the jacket part
- Karen’s first look inspires all sorts of contorted expressions from Heidi and then she says the model will look like a trashy Martian
- Ken’s looks like a scuba suit
- Alexandria should charge on ahead with the drop-crotch (aka “poopy”) pants because Heidi loves them
- Justin is almost unable to say anything because he is intimidated, star-struck and tongue-tied. His ASL interpreter had an easy time of that encounter.
- “Girlfriend, don’t try to tell me what to do with my outfit!”
- “Hashtag: I’m going home” (this Twitter device does not translate well to the spoken word)
- “I’m in Worry Town.”
When Heidi tells the contestants that the judges are really all over the place this week she is not exaggerating. When we see a parade of stretchy leggings aping the colour swoops of Heidi’s own collection and someone calls that fashion, that person is exaggerating. (There’s my entry in the Bitchstakes!) There is definitely some bandwagon one-upmanship on the comments, especially for a couple of the looks.
- Nina: “It looks like she went running, ran into a bear and she had an accident in her pants.”
- Michael: “Pleasure me pockets.” (This caused the model to laugh, annoying the otherwise calm designer.)
- Michael: “She looks like she’s going to a buffet on a cruise and could put cookies in her pockets.”
- Zac and Michael later compete in naming foods the model might be consuming (and hiding) in her outfit.
- The model chimes in with her own dislike of the outfit (did she forget that her fate is tied to the fate of the designer?)