The designers arrive at the Museum of Natural History and dinosaurs! OMG OMG OMG I want to go see the dinosaurs can we please go see them please please please?! No. Insects and arachnid. Eew, they’re alive!
It’s an avante garde challenge, so I guess these creepy crawlers make sense? I don’t know. They’re just so icky. I got the hornworm! I got the Madagascar cockroach! I choose the Sri Lankan ornamental spider! Mychael is making a caplet cocoon, Daniel is inspired by bug armor, and it’s a trip to mood followed by a work space filled with sewing machines, tables, and…bugs.
Jeffrey put a bag over his model’s head and wrapped her neck in a lamp. And she’s supposed to walk the runway like that, somehow. Viktor hates seeing people cry, and Elena is a major cryer, and do not drip on the fabric, Elena!
The judges this week are host Alyssa Milano, designers Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi, and guest judges jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer and former winner Anya.
First up is Seth Aaron with a red and black stiff plastic armor.
Mychael made a slinky green and beige dress and cape, with bound arms that mimic his bug.
Daniel created a brown something-or-other with a long train that’s way too literal.
Korto busted out a badass black suit with wiry slits all over the place.
Jeffrey made a walking lampshade with a red leg, like a sick version of A Christmas Story.
Melissa made a little black dress that is not avante garde, except maybe for the fuzzy doily on the back.
Viktor created a stunning silver and off-white gown and cap ae and what is it? I don’t know.
Irina constructed a gigantic black dress with feelers.
Christopher made the buggiest look in gold and black.
Elena constructed a bright and bizarre geometric dress.
Seth Aaron, Viktor, Christopher, and Korto are safe. Irina’s dress is impressive, but the monochromatic black is a bit of a thud. Daniel did what Daniel always does—the dress is the wrong length, the fabric is not flattering, and the neck is unflattering. Isaac is offended by Seth Aaron’s creation. “Avante garde should not be mistaken for unwearable clothes.” He is so upset that he can’t even critique the look. Elena’s dress is exactly what the judges were looking for—reminiscent of the insect, a unique technique, and flattering on the model. Mychael also hit the mark with just enough of the worminess, but still fashionable. Melissa’s little black dress just is not avante garde, despite the spidery straps.
Irina and Jeffrey are safe. Between Elena and Mychael, the win goes to Mychael. And now, the losers. Melissa or Daniel. Which is the bigger fashion crime—boring the judges, or a questionable taste level? Daniel is eliminated, which was inevitable. He seems like a wonderful person, but his design oozes mediocrity.