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Prayer Circle or Circle of Jerks?

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:01am GMT

Team Nuts and Bolts cancel, delayed HP fabricLet me set the stage for you on how this week's drama unfolds. Heidi informs the 10 designers that they will be in two teams of five. Before bitter Bert can even join his team onstage, he is mumbling negative comments under his breath and not owning up to it when Heidi asks. Not only are Joshua McKinley and Bert on a team together, but you throw in a little Becky and you have a match made in hell. Luckily, Laura and Kimberly are on this team to help keep the insanity to a minimum. The bedbugs definitely crawled in Joshua McKinley's pants this week as his attitude and temper was unleashed on Bert. The true colors of these characters are really starting to show. Joshua flew off the handle and caused a big dramatic gay scene in the workroom when Bert said something under his breath about his clock print not printing. Bert's comment was not even directed at anyone on his team, yet Joshua made it his business like he was the team captain or something. I haven't seen a tantrum like that since "Toddlers and Tiaras," both equally a train wreck that I just couldn't stop watching. Everyone's mouth in the workroom was open in awe of such irrational, childish behavior. This negative energy completely set the tone for Team Nuts and Bolts.

Viktor's gown in the HP fabric challengeThe energy was so bad that even Tim felt the tension and made the designers hold hands in a little prayer circle, completely humiliating on national television for this circle of jerks. Tim's prayer did put the designers on the right track, and a little teamwork and synergy surfaced. Unfortunately, this was a little too late, because Team Chaos had nothing but harmony.

Anya, Anthony Ryan, Viktor, Bryce and Olivier were professional and focused on what the challenge was all about. From the beginning, the entire team meshed and began feeding off of each other's creativity. I learned a long time ago that the absolute best quality to have in a stressful environment is a good attitude. Anthony Ryan had the first idea that spawned this creative think tank, which was to use the inspiration of an inkblot test. This inspired each of the designer's chaotic prints. In fashion, it is a designer's job to tell a story through clothing. The video that this team filmed was so perfect for the story they were telling about their mini collection. Anya had a brilliant idea of mirroring the video image to tie in the "chaos" to the video, which created a very unique end product. I feel every designer on this team also stepped out of their comfort zone by creating something challenging or different for them. Olivier got rave reviews on his tailored jacket, which is one of the hardest garments to make. Anya created a little cocktail dress, which was different for her, and Viktor made an exquisite evening gown that left me wanting to see more.

The judges had no trouble at all seeing the evident differences between the two collections and how the egos affected their outcomes. With Team Chaos offering Anya her first win, I thought this was well deserved, even though I thought Olivier might win for his mad tailoring skills. The terrifying last moments when Joshua and Becky were left standing on the runway ultimately sent Becky packing. I hope this close call taught Joshua a life lesson to be nicer to people. My grandmother used to always say, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar," but sometimes vinegar makes for better TV.