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Episode 3 Recap

By CaitlinBergmann Fri., Aug. 12, 2011 ,12:45 am EDT

Boy, Oh, Boy! WHAT AN EPISODE! The third installment of Season 9 was quite refreshing! The challenge: sesign an outfit for stilt walker. And to make the challenge more exciting (or more terrifying for some of the designers), it's a TEAM CHALLENGE!

The episode begins with Heidi strutting her stuff (quite well, I may add) on the runway in a pair of stilts WITH the infamous button bag in tow. This COMPLETELY EXCITED me! My elation continued when I saw all the models were wearing them as well.

So...THE TEAMS. I love team challenges because they usually happen early on, which means the designers don't TRULY know fellow teammate, which ALSO means HIGH-FLYING OPINIONS AND EMOTIONS! The teams selected were interesting, frightening, and perfect:

BERT & VIKTOR - #TeamCrashAndBurn - This is a disaster waiting to happen at CONCEPTION!

ANTHONY RYAN & LAURA - #TeamWinning - Of course we KNOW they won, but I REALLY thought were a winning combo upon selection.

JOSH & JULIE - #TeamLooseCannons - I don't mean "loose cannons" in a bad way, but in the way of freely creating and awesomely amalgamating one a other's design tastes.

DANIELLE & CECILIA - #TeamTightRope - Their design(s) could go either way. It'll be about balance.

ANYA & OLIVIER - #TeamDreamTeam - Her fearlessness, his expertise, a fab fashion moment to follow.

KIMBERLY & BECKY - #TeamOddCouple - I don't even know where to begin to fathom a THOUGHT on the design direction of this team. Such opposites in designs aesthetics.

BRYCE & FALLENE - #TeamPoorThangs (lmao) - I KNEW...INSTANTLY this team may not be able to "make it work."

The workroom sessions were...just...I dunno. lol. Tim stated, "...question what's real and what isn't." MANY of the designers took that literally! The inspiration that was thrown around went across the gamete. I heard: Old Alabama Plantation Girl, Circus/Romantic Matador, Elizabethan, Victorian, AND Dark Ballerina (which means 'Black Swan'). Why so many costumes? I mean, the models are stilt walkers but this IS a show about fashion! I understand that there is a bit of "showiness" to the stilt walkers profession, but REALLY??? I think Laura had it right; bring the croquis (sketch) to life. MIND YOU, the designers only had ONE DAY to create the challenge! That's a quick turn around for such ambitious costuminess.

SIDEBAR: What's up with the awesome budgets!? $300! $500! WOW! I get why with this particular challenge with the croquis-esqe models, more fabric is needed for the length. I'm not mad but I don't recall (well, it was a zillion years ago, lol) those rockin' budgets, that frequently!!! S/O to PRW accounting! LOL!


It seems to be smooth sailing after the trip to Mood when the teams began to work, EXCEPT FOR Bert and Viktor and Bryce and Fallene. #TeamCrashAndBurn just don't like each other...not a little bit. I am unfortunately realizing Bert is kinda of....SURLY. lol! I mean all the unnecessary explanation of the references and so on so forth. It's not that deep! SHOW AND PROVE. Let's see a hot design! EITHER WAY, the piece was EXTREMELY dated and heavy and NOT "in." In addition, was I the only one who noticed that the team's consult session with Tim was basically a tattle-tell session??? It was so out of control.

#TeamPoorThangs (I chuckle EVERYTIME type/say that, lol) aren't any better. Fallene is totally taking a backseat to Bryce. PRW history has show: The backseat rider ALWAYS get a shotgun seat home. And as we know, she rode shotgun.

I was a little disappointed in Bryce's 'tude (attitude) towards Fallene. I think he's a cool kid and designer, but his tone about Fallene's lack of education was a little disheartening. LET'S KEEP IT REAL, she's on the show just as you are. There must be a certain level of skill set there, B.A. or NOT. BUT, on the flip side, Fallene did let him take over the design. You gotta man up sometime!

SIDEBAR: Fallene is (well, was) the crier of this season. I mean, she cried, "I felT bad for Bryce." WHAT the ?!??

Fast forwarding to the runway show, I was able to get a really good look of everyone's garments. There was a clear line of demarcation of the garments that were costumes and those that were wearable!

My Favs: Anthony Ryan and Laura and Anya and Olivier. #TeamWinning won me over with the color! I do agree with Nina, I did feel I've seen it before (Marchesa), BUT it was absolutely gorgeous and felt like FASHION! #TeamDreamTeam's garment surprised me! In the fitting, I was not sold. But on the runway it was quite stunning.

My NOT SO Favs: Josh and Julie, Bryce and Fallene, and Bert and Viktor. #TeamLooseCannons was just that! So much going on. #TeamPoorThangs (REALLY LMAO) really had no design....AT ALL. #TeamCrashAndBurn (THE longest sigh). Enough said.

In the end, it was down to Viktor and Fallene. Honestly it should have been VIKTOR and BERT. Their design was bad. Dated, heavy, and unsightly. Both were deserving of being ousted. But as I stated earlier, Fallene's submissiveness did her in. PRW is about a designers voice. It's unfortunate that she didn't utilize it.

Auf Wiedersehen!


"She is rockin my nerves!"
"You're such a poker & pincher!"
"Oh Julie...OH JULIE! (mincing eyes, Lady GaGa 'Monster' claws) - Joshua M. (LMAO)
"Well, off to one strange outfit to another" - Heidi Klum
(spastically) "OLAY OLAY OLAY"
"Everything bad in the house on your body..."
"It's like the wallpaper and curtains at catering hall with a gold dust ruffle" - ALL Michael Kors HI-LA-RIOUS)