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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Fight, Fight Again

By CaitlinBergmann Fri., Sep. 9, 2011 ,5:01 am EDT

Last week in a nutshell:
Kids with paint
Designers with Xanax
Anthony Ryan gets an extra study hall
Josh C. is expelled

Button Bag From Hell
We open this week with Josh M. whining about not winning the last challenge, and we get the feeling that his knickers are in a twist ... and it looks as though they will stay this way. And it hurts.

Later, at Parsons, Heidi appears with that dreaded button bag. Man, how the designers hate that button bag. Turns out that they have a good reason ... another team challenge: teams of five, with no leaders. Teams are chosen, and quelle surprise: Bert is last. Again. Maybe he should have learned some of his fellow designers' names.

In the workroom, Tim hands out the challenge: Each team will design custom fabrics, choose three and make five looks for a cohesive show, make a video for the backdrop and choose the music. Ahhhh, so many opportunities to butt heads. Enter Betsey Johnson (a personal fave) to show the designers how to have fun with prints, cooperate with each other and do a killer cartwheel on the runway.

Joan Crawford Would Be Proud
Anthony Ryan, Viktor, Bryce and Anya (Team Chaos) spend their day loving each other up and braiding one another's hair.

Team Nuts and Bolts do not get along in the HP fabric challengeJosh, Laura, Kimberly, Becky and Bert (Team Nuts and Bolts) are trying to decide whose print is the least lame; Bert mutters something about his F@*&#! print not coming out of the printer ... and Josh goes off like a nun (add a touch of Norma Desmond) with a bar of soap for Bert's mouth. To Bert's credit (yes, I said it), he doesn't take the bait. Josh's tantrum continues, and now we have a visual of Joan Crawford holding a pile of wire hangers. Please make it stop.

Later we have another Norma Desmond moment from Josh, with a public apology for his behavior. Pleeeeeease make it stop. Then he and Bert hug it out.

Is It a Collection or an Infection???
Let's cut to the runway, because after all, it is supposed to be about fashion ... right? Designer Rachel Roy (red hot right now) and the beautiful actress Rose Byrne are joining the usual cast of characters judges tonight. Do you get the feeling that an extra judge has been added to avoid more "2 against 1" decisions?

Team Nuts and Bolts starts the show with a confusing mess of a collection. We have some unfortunate prints, wonky construction and questionable taste ... but the styling is praised.

Team Chaos fares much better, with a sharp cohesive collection with a modern vibe that evokes the team's name ... in a good way. No nail-biter here to see which team is going to win.

A Well-Oiled Machine
Team Chaos is praised for their teamwork, sharp prints and beautiful construction, and asked to vote for a team winner. All vote for themselves, except for Bryce, who names Anya. The favorites of the team are Olivier, for his impeccably tailored jacket; Viktor, whose inkblot evening gown was a standout; and Anya, for her little print dress. It is Anya who is declared the winner for her mixed print dress. I am liking Anya more and more, but I didn't see her getting the win for this challenge.

Team Nuts and Bolts do not get along in the HP fabric challengeThe Clunker
Team Nuts and Bolts takes turns pointing the finger (surprised?) at each other for the disaster that is their collection. Becky, as Kors puts it, has put "'cancelled' on her model's crotch" and is clearly in trouble for her snooze of a design.

When he hears the wheels of the proverbial bus approaching, Josh takes a last desperate moment to pat himself on his back for a job well done. In fact, he pats himself so hard that I feared he would cough up a lung.

To the Junkyard
Alas, it is Becky who is taken out of the race.

Next Week ...
The designers get some direction from the "man on the street."