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The Fashion Show Recap: Johnny Weir Is Rachel Zoe’s New Sidekick

Last night's episode of The Fashion Show was a story of love. There was love between the three engaged gay couples who the remaining six designers had to dress for their weddings. There was love between the departed David and Dominique, who was left to make wedding clothes in torture as she pined for her straight man under the unforgiving lights and in the even more unforgiving and prisonlike living quarters of reality television. But most of all, there was love between Rachel Zoe and Johnny Weir, last night's guest judges. With Brad Goreski departed from Rachel Zoe, Inc., it was anyone's guess who would replace him in her right-hand gay-man slot. Joey the hairdresser feels too peripheral to all of a sudden be the one in bed with her the mornings before fashion shows. But Johnny Weir is a perfect fit: They both, as we saw last season on The Rachel Zoe Project, love scary furry things, tranny heels, and each other. Plus Zoe can sit proudly next to him without any rumors coming between them about how she is jealous of him. Will we see more of him on The Rachel Zoe Project?

Last night's episode was also a story of hate. Hate between Calvin and his couple, two fuller-figured men for whom Calvin refused to make anything they actually wanted to wear. One groom wanted an outfit inspired by a traditional Korean hanbok. Calvin tells him that if he wants a Korean outfit, he should go to Korea Town, because Calvin sure as shit isn't going to make it for him. Isaac wonders in the judges' deliberations why the groom didn't just leave Calvin when he said that (Isaac, we love you, but it's because he's on a Bravo show, and we all needed something to watch on TV last night). When asked to make his robe less A-line, Calvin tells the lovebirds, "You want me to sew something for you, go to China!" Calvin's partner, Cindy, doesn't fare much better than Calvin, partly because she has to deal with Calvin and partly because she has to dress a man on the round side. And as we've seen on these reality fashion shows time and again, dressing anyone roundish or male anywhere near well is usually impossible for these contestants.

Cesar continued developing the creepy attitude he displayed in the last episode, in which he crudely claimed making swimwear was as easy as taking a dump — and was then almost sent home for making shitty swimwear. After laughing at his bride's "butch"-ness, he puts her in a clown costume consisting of paisley pants, an oversize orange bow tie, and suit jacket. "A tailored jacket is hell," Isaac warns him. "I couldn’t do that in 24 hours, maybe you can." Cesar, who always believes in Cesar, does, and is safe because he doesn't make the worst look of the night — and if this show is a contest of anything, it's a contest not to be the worst. His partner Eduardo's look isn't much better. The judges find it cheap, albeit well-made. But no matter how well-made something is, if it's tangerine, 99 percent of the time it's going to look like it belongs in Strawberry.

The winning team consists of heartbroken Dominique and Jeffrey, who admits in the workroom that he is a virgin, which earns him a brisk mocking by Cesar. Dominique's bride seldom wears dresses and doesn't want anything with any bows or lace or frills. Dominique designs her the winning garment, a plain somewhat-wrinkled white tank gown, and marvels at how despite the back being so low, her butt crack didn't show. Jeffrey makes his bride a pale blue suit with shorts. The judges decide their looks aren't the worst, even though they're too plain, and Dominique wins the challenge. Even though the judges like Cindy and don't doubt her passion for clothes and design, they send her home. Review last night's looks with critiques in the slideshow.

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