We’re down to six designers for “As Sewn on TV”—Christopher, Viktor, Seth Aaron, Irina, Korto, and Elena—and they’re headed to QVC by helicopter. Which is a weird way to travel to Pennsylvania, but hey. Why not? Once there, the designers learn that QVC puts on some sort of gala-red-carpet-something-or-other, and they must design a gown for Lisa Robertson (one of the QVC program hosts) to wear at the big event. Her only requirements are that she needs to sit, stand, and move in the dress. Which is not much to ask for, but I guess it needs to be spelled out or else who knows what she would get.
The designers pile into the QVC studio and begin sketching. Then, it’s back to New York for a trip to Mood. Irina is going for white because that never looks like a wedding dress. Elena is talking about slashing fabric to look like scales, and Korto is working with a vibrant orange fabric that will stand out in the crowd.
Slicing, sewing, draping, and Elena is freaking out because the slashed fabric technique, which she has never done before, looks like a feral cat with a bad attitude got into her fabric bag. She claims to not know anything about eveningwear, but what? That makes no sense. That’s like saying, “I only design skorts.”
Viktor is having a moment and needs to talk to Elena and Seth Aaron. He reveals that he has been HIV positive for seven years. Aww. Why such a secret? Getting that off of his chest seems to have helped, and they all get back to the sewing room to stitch the heck out of their gowns.
Zanna rolls into the workroom and is all, “I’m going to be pissed if I see even one jewel-toned strapless gown,” which is exactly what Christopher designed. There’s also Viktor’s shiny green bustier, and Zanna explains that green dresses are never, ever on magazine covers because they do not sell. Seth Aaron has a black dress that needs to be shorter than floor-length. Elena’s slasher dress is not as bad as she thinks it is, but it still ain’t good. Irina’s wedding dress is gorgeous, for a wedding dress. Korto’s orange dress is disturbingly bright, but she swears that it will look “expensive and rich” once it is finished.
With thirty minutes left, there’s a bit of a mess on most of the dresses. It’s really anyone’s game, except or Seth Aaron because his dress is simply not flattering. And maybe Korto, who redesigned her orange gown into a beige and orange summer fun and flirty maxi dress. Also, Irina made a wedding dress that is so tight her model can’t even walk.
To the runway! The judges this week are Mondo Guerra (OMG! Mondo!), Isaac Mizrahi, Lisa Robertson, Elizabeth Moss, for some reason, and Alyssa Milano.
Christopher’s navy blue gown is gorgeous, with a black leather halter and a train of tulle.
Viktor’s green gown is kind of sloppy, and it’s hard to walk in with a tight mermaid bottom.
Seth Aaron’s metallic dress looks like…cheap fabric in an unfortunate cut.
Korto’s orange and beige dress is very, very pretty, but it might be too casual for the red carpet.
Elena’s slice-and-dice actually works well, though the color looks a tad vamp with maybe a splash of tramp.
Then, Irina’s wedding dress wanders out onto the runway, and the judges look confused. I mean, it’s beautiful, and perfectly constructed (except for the fact that her model couldn’t even get up the stairs without flapping her arms and tearing a massive gash in the front of the dress), but it is not in any way red carpet ready.
Isaac Mizrahi finds Seth Aaron’s dress “really difficult to wear,” and Lisa Robertson is worried about showing the goods in the front with that massive slit. I can’t believe the judges are taking Irina’s dress seriously. But they are. And they like it. Huh. Elena’s dress is called “dowdy” instead of “edgy.” Korto’s dress is a hit for its comfort level, and that also makes it perfect for QVC. Isaac calls Christopher’s dress “perfectly divine,” but it loses the leather in the photographs. Viktor’s dress gets high and low marks, and overall it’s more of an acquired taste that I have not yet acquired.
The judges really don’t know where to go with the best and the worst dresses, because they are all a little bit off. Except for Christopher’s gown, which is a tad boring but an overall success. Seth Aaron, Christopher, and Viktor are safe, and Korto is the winning designer. Wow, so Elena and Irina are up for elimination. That’s great, because I can never remember which one is which. Irina is sent home for giving them a wedding dress when they asked for a red-carpet gown.
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