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The Tears of Team Struggle

By laurareineke Fri., Mar. 1, 2013 ,4:51 am EST

This week starts off with Daniel feeling like he needs to redeem himself after being in the bottom last week. I have no worries that he will do just that. Since Michelle is now a "lone wolf" she is put to work with Patricia and Layana. Ironically enough, Michelle really does NOT want to work with Patricia. She is just really out to get poor Patricia. What do you have against her, Michelle?

Today's challenge starts by the designers walking into a room of sweet old ladies showing us some moves I've never seen on the dance floor and getting their groove on. What could be better than that?! "Good fashion is ageless and timeless." The challenge is to create a look for a "mature client" based on what the client wants and likes. This will be a one-day challenge with 30 minutes to shop and a $200 budget for each look. I can't wait to see what they come up with. This challenge kind of makes me wish my sweet old lady Cindy was still around.

Once in the workroom Amanda begins to struggle as she is "spinning into a dark place." Who knew Barbie had a dark side? Tim is concerned about Stanley but Stanley remains confident in the pantsuit look he is creating. I really believe in Stanley's skills and I think he has great potential in this competition but I'm not sure about that jumpsuit! Tim is also scared for Kate; he thinks that her look is cutting her client in half by using the heavy winter fabric on top and the light spring fabric on the bottom. His face just reads "YIIKESSS" with that one.

As Tim goes to check on Team Threesome (Layana, Michelle, Patricia) he is excited to see Michelle's look and likes Layana's as well. Patricia, on the other hand...uh-oh. Her garment is looking like a poncho, or as her teammates describe it, "a potato sack." It looks like their team isn't working as a team to help Patricia's tragic potato sack. I have to say that look in Patricia's eye when Tim is giving her his critique is very scary. Now Michelle is complaining again -- no surprise -- that they will lose because of Patricia, but that Michelle will go home for it based on past challenges.

This week's Team Struggle Award unfortunately has to be awarded to Amanda and Ben. Ben is very worried about Amanda's look, which she thinks looks like a vintage housecoat. Tim had to agree with that assessment, too. I'm not sure if Amanda's mess can be mended. Even she's embarrassed with her look.

Today's judges include Rachel Roy (who is filling in for Zac Posen) and guest judges Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers. I cannot wait to hear what Joan has to say about some of these looks. I know I will be getting a good laugh out of that. I hope these designers can take her criticism.

While watching the looks come down the runway I can not stop grinning. These old ladies are too adorable and fierce in every way. They are giving the models a run for their money. It's always great to see non-models on the runway having a great time and being positive. Great job ladies! I know who I'm booking for New York Fashion Week.

Regarding Daniel's look Joan says, "She looks like a first wife. She should look like a GILF." On the other hand, Joan says that Samantha's client looked like a menopausal kitten.

Richard's and Stanley's looks get good reviews from the judges overall. Joan thinks that Stanley's client looks like the second wife, and she says, "You have great knees! Show them, b*tch,” to Richard's client. I think I had way too much fun watching that critique. I felt like I was watching "Fashion Police" and "Project Runway" at the same time! I see a permanent spot for Joan Rivers on "Project Runway."

Michelle and Layana were given the high scores today but Patricia's score brings them down so they can't win. I'm sure Team Threesome will learn to work as a team after that. I'm also sure Michelle is still complaining about Patricia. The highest scores of this week's challenge are Stanley/Richard and Daniel/Samantha. The lowest scores are Amanda/Ben and Tu/Kate.

Unfortunately for Kate, Tu's ill-fitting look brought her down even when all the judges liked her work. But the judges all really had problems with Amanda's and Ben's looks. The judges thought that Amanda's dress had a lot of mistakes and was very childlike, and they didn't like Ben’s dress at all. I thought Ben should have been let off easy this time, since his adorable client Holly was so in love with the dress and felt so great in it.

As the designers are waiting to hear the verdict, Amanda breaks down crying. Another one trying to steal my title?! I don't think so! I just want to call Amanda and Ben "Team Breakdown" now. They both seem to cry about everything. During this part I expected Joan to get off her seat, go in the back, and tell them all to "Shut the f*** up!"

On a brighter note, Stanley is the winner of the challenge, even though I was maybe not a fan of the look. Congratulations, Stanley.

Between Amanda and Ben, it really was a toss up of who would go home, but unfortunately it was Ben. I will definitely miss his heavy accent and icy hair, but I am glad he won't be trying to compete against me in the crying department anymore. See you at Boots and Saddles, Ben! Until next week.