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The Fashion Show Week Eight
Dominique and Jeffrey are congratulating themselves on their accomplishments so far. Calvin is in crisis as he ponders his failure to win any of the challenges. He exercises his upper body using deck chairs as he tells us that he has “no choice, have to win.” They leave and arrive at a Manhattan store, “New York Vintage.” The designers are enthralled. There are vintage objects: hats, jewelry, belts, hair pieces…. Jeffrey tells us that this is a museum with timeless one of kind pieces. Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barney’s and author if “Vintage Accessories in Eccentric Design.” Calvin says that Simon is a celebrity to him and that he has read Simon’s book many times.
Iman explains that this week’s challenge is to create a collection using vintage items chosen by Simon. She first sends Jeffrey to the House of Emerald to even the teams as Cesar is alone after last week’s elimination. Jeffrey and Cesar feel they are similar. Cesar puts his head on Jeffrey’s shoulder. Dominique is given a pink pig (purse?) and a 100 year old, Victorian bustle (frame for shape of skirt, webbed.) Eduardo is given an Audrey Hepburn black feathered hat with wide rims and a silver colored belt. He has problems seeing that connection between the two items and shows concern. Calvin is given a ruffle similar to the collars of Elizabeth I of England which is dirty. He is also given black gloves. Cesar receives a blue cup with a bird and a broach with green and blue stones. Jeffrey loves his vintage items. He is given chandelier earrings and a light blue and light green feathered jacket. Iman tells the teams that they were given two items for two looks. Every one is aghast even Calvin who creates two looks every week.
Mood Boards/ Work Session
They quickly get to work as there are two designs to be created in 24 hours in this challenge.
The House of Emerald has vintage items that they feel fit together nicely. They immediately come up with designs and decide that their designs will be ivory. Cesar discusses dying his cloth as he has done in so many challenges. Jeffrey is against this because of the time factor. There are two designs required this week. Isaac believes that dyeing the cloth when so many colors are available to choose from is a bad idea. Jeffrey talks about the shape of his dress and slits in the neck to feature his chandelier earrings. He loves his jacket and will have a hint of color flowing from the back of his dress. Jeffrey describes one of his dresses as a caftan. Cesar creates a one shouldered dress with a design that helps the line in the broach flow down into the dress. Cesar describes “a twisted bias.” Jeffrey argues that the color in the vintage items is enough. Cesar replies, “I believe in taking a risk.”
The House of Nami has a more difficult time organizing their concepts. The only item with color is the pink pig, so they decide on a black and white collection. Calvin reminds them of the challenge and tells them that they have to be theatrical. He tells us in an interview that Eduardo’s ruffles have been done in every single challenge. Calvin talks about the feeling of the fabrics. Dominique’s fabric choices for her pig coat are made, but we see Calvin just looking at them with no words. She decides to put the bustle at the shoulders like a Geisha rather than use it at the hips as Victorians did. She actually likes the frame of the bustle alone but covers it. Calvin watches and makes no comment. Dominique feels she is being very creative and is having a good time although she is very tired. Calvin is making a cocktail dress. He wants his design to be body hugging. He also tells us that he will donate the entire prize to the “Gay Men’s Health Crisis” which has helps him cope with his dying partner’s hospice and his personal issues with the impending loss.
The fitting of models seems rushed and Eduardo does not have the crotch of his design ready. Dominique tells him to drape it over the model. Eduardo is the last to finish each week so this challenge is very difficult for him. He shows stress. Calvin looks at the opposing House of Emerald and comments. “Emerald make a dress and put a cape on it. Hell no!” Jeffrey and Cesar look at their four designs and are pleased. Cesar gives up the plan to dye the cloth. He trusts Jeffrey.
Calvin is concerned that his two designs will not fit with his team mates’ designs. He starts to create a third dress in despair. Dominique can’t believe his is doing this.
The Fashion Show
No one is prepared, but the Fashion Show is lining up. They are working with hair and some strange things are happening. Calvin puts a shoe in one of the models hair. The models are fluffed and the make up is more dramatic than other shows. Dominique tries to help the struggling Eduardo who has created two dresses in black with very, very large ruffles. The Pig Coat walks first. Dominique loves her coat and her pink pig. Calvin thinks his gloves look good with his design. Eduardo is pleased with the look of the vintage belt on his model. He thinks the feathered hat matches the dress well and is “fresh and avant garde.” Dominique is happy with her crazy ideas. (She is the youngest and is fresh out of design school.) Cesar tells us in an interview that the House of Nami is not cohesive.
The House of Emerald begins with a darkened stage. Their collection is all about birds.
It was hard to read the judge’s facial expressions. Jaws did drop, but it was not obvious if that was a good drop or a bad drop.
All five designers on the stage as Isaac and Iman explain how difficult it was to judge this week. All of the designers met the challenge to design a collection using a vintage item. Simon Doonan tells them that their designs were more exciting than the Tents (Fashion shows in NYC sometimes have tents.) They look at Eduardo’s fashions and admire his slacks. They call it dramatic chic. Dominique’s pig coat and hump dress were the most fashion forward, but the fabric on the pig coat looked cheap and did not hang correctly. The hunchback dress has too many layers of fabric on the bustle. Isaac would have liked to see the framework, but it was hidden. Calvin was told that this was his best designs in the entire contest. Calvin had to explain that the shoe in the model’s hair was his self expression. Isaac liked the idea after it was explained to all. Calvin was told that his fabric looked expensive.
The House of Emerald wins the Fashion Show and Jeffrey’s feather jacket design and chandelier slit top of caftan dress are chosen as the best. Iman wants the chandelier designed dress for herself. The judges often tell Jeffrey that they want his designs in their own Houses of Fashion. As a prize, Jeffrey can take one vintage item from the store for his final collection if he is in the finale.
The House of Nami stands before the judges. Eduardo receives compliments, but the judges tell him to look at his total collection and see how similar his designs were week to week of the challenge. Eduardo, who has the most winning designs in this season, is “Out of Fashion.” In an interview, he states that Calvin should have been sent home. He wonders if the judges will have regrets.
Isaac tells the House of Emerald to go home and rest, but not in the same bed. Everyone laughs.
Millionaire Matchmaker Final Week in NYC
This week we see Patti meeting with a gray haired man and are told that they are high school classmates. Patti and this old gentleman go to a deli in Shore Hills, NJ, for a “Philly” sandwich. She is wearing short jean shorts. The man has a photo of Patti with high school classmates and it seems blurred on camera. Patti tells us that it reminds her of “What a great pothead I was.”
Patti enters her office in a very tight black dress and shouts, “Last week in New York!” She adds, “I am overwhelmed by women and I need some F****** penis.” We are introduced to Freddie Mitchell who is retired from football. He was a wide receiver for the Eagles and he is considering returning to the game. Freddie has five million dollars and is into investing his money. We see him in a swimming pool on a raft talking into the phone. He has no current job. Freddie had a long time fiance and a child. Freddie tells Patti that when he lost in a Super Bowl to the Patriots, she dumped him. Freddie thinks the women he has dated are gold diggers. Freddie likes to date White and Latino women. Dustin explains that Freddie dates football groupies. Patti tells us that Freddie’s picker if off. Patti tells us that she is going “to help a Brother out.”
Rachel is being coy with the second millionaire and Patti feels that something is up. Rachel confesses that her choice is Stacie Kessler, who we met a few weeks ago. Patti freaks. Stacie wants to give Patti a second chance, but wants an apology from Patti. Patti freaks. Dustin intercedes and tells Stacie that she has to obey them or she should leave.
Stacie had a screaming match with Patty when she left a while back. We are reminded that Patti actually sent Stacie and her handsome model/actor date to an island where Stacie was unable to connect. Patti calls Stacie, “Cracked, crazy.” Stacy claims to be a changed woman, so Patti immediately calls in her 24/7 on call lie detector specialist. He puts the wires on Stacy, but instead of the technician asking the questions as is usual in lie detector examination, Patti asks questions that she and her staff have prepared. Patti asks if Stacie believes Patti can help her, if she is willing to obey her, if she is ready to do anything I request of you.” Stacie answers, “Yes,” to each question and the technician does not read deception in any of Stacy’s answers.
It’s going to be a big mixer since this is the last week in NYC. The three high stools are set up. Dustin, Rachel, and Andrea (the verbally abused intern) are waiting for Patti. They tell Patti to go to the sitting area for the first Patti goes to the room and seems confused about her choices. Every one of the potential dates receives an interview so Patti’s confusion is confusing.
For Freddie, who wants an all American blond, the interview Jessica who is exotic with black curly hair and they love her. Andrea is a 32 year old gemologist who grades diamonds. She sounds like a nice Midwestern girl with a great smile. Pattie loves her. Then, we meet Valentine from Siberia who tells Patti, “very cold, not able to star your car.” Patti says Valentine is perfect. Karolina is from Lithuania. Maria has dark hair, but she is a stunt woman who beats up Dustin for Patti’s pleasure. She’s in.
For Stacie, Patti has an actor, Brian; a financier, Eben; and a man from the Bronx, Pete. Pete wants to please Patti and go to the mixer very badly. One man admits to dating someone. He is sent away. Patti shouts that “This is not “Big Love” and there is no polygamy here!”
Stacie seems out of it and Patti asks her if she is OK. Patti tells the possible dates of the millionaires that Freddie does not want a gold digger. Stacie wanders around the room asking inane questions and drinking like a fish. Pete has a conversation with Stacie, but she abruptly moves away and he decides to rip her by telling Patti and Rachel that Stacie has ADD. Stacie returns and without missing a beat Pete pretends that he was saying that Rachel has ADD. Stacie falls for it, but Patti points out to Stacie that Pete is telling lies. Stacie decides that Pete is the man for her because Patti does not want Pete for Stacie. Patti asks if Stacie took her Adderall. Pete flirts with Andrea, Patti’s intern. Stacie asks Eben to be her date.
Freddie interviews all of the women using the lessons taught to him in his discussions with Patti. Patti’s rules are no sex before monogamy and no blow jobs on that first date. Freddie notices a hint of a Southern Drawl coming from Andrea the gemologist, who admits that she is from North Carolina and is also a mother. Freddie connects as he is a father and she is a beautiful blond. Freddie also likes the dark haired Maria who is a stunt woman with her own business.
Freddie takes Andrea in a limo for a helicopter tour over NYC. She has a blast, but she now has a full blown Southern accent. He says that she went from grey poupon to hot, spicy mustard. She also tells him that she googled him and wants him to explain why he has not paid child support. He is embarrassed and feels she was wrong to get into his business. She feels he should have paid his child support, but it willing to continue with the date and have a good time. They go to a rooftop dinner which is exclusive. They discuss interests and after learning that Andrea was a high school cheerleader, he calls the waiter over to catch her if he drops her during a chair lift. Freddie enjoys doing the lift that he learned in high school as you get to put you hands on the girl’s hips and then between her legs when she is in the air hoping that you won’t drop her. Her underpants show during the lift. She looks uncomfortable, but he liked it a lot.
Stacie has chosen Eben, the financier. She decided that they will go to a screening of her video series which ends with Stacie in lingerie. The video is confusing. We see Stacie being interviewed in restaurants, doing exercise, and lying on couch. Eben is miserable and when she asks him if he likes it he lies and says, “Yes.” At dinner, Stacie and Eben talk with their mouths full of food. Stacie has food on her face in several shots. Eben tells Stacie that he is not sexually attracted to her, hated her video and is only staying at dinner because he wants to finish his hamburger and fries. Stacie leaves. We watch Stacie walking up a stairs with a camera view of her rear that she might not like.
Patti is shocked that Freddie was asked about his failure to pay child support. She is going to give him more lessons and help him find non gold diggers who will help him live off of his five million dollars in one of the most expensive cities on Earth for many more decades. Breaking her hard fast rule that the rejected mini date contestant should not go out the millionaire because she was rejected by him, Patti agrees to arrange a date for Freddie with Maria, the stunt woman.
Stacy returns for the second shouting match with Patti and now is officially DNR (Do not Renew.)
Patti is shown taking a lie detector examination with questions from Dustin.
“Do you love NYC?” Patti answers, “No.” (No deception)
“Do you think we have helped New Yorkers find love?” Patti answers, “Yes.” (No deception)
“Would you give up fame and money for true love?” Patti answers, “Yes.” (No deception)
(My question: “Would you hire this lie detector technician, if you wanted the truth?”
My answer is, “No.” (No deception)
Patti has returned to LA. The series is done for this season.
Again, thank you Quincy, great job all season taking one for the team and sitting through Patti Stanger, lets hope that this wasn’t just her final show in LA, but her final show ever!
I think all season we saw just one or two matches and I don’t even believe those were authentic real matches. This woman couldn’t match an outfit, let alone a couple. Good Bye Patti Stanger…good riddance 🙂
Until Next Time…