The producers of The Fashion Show want us to look at bad clothes all season. Either that or good clothes are much less important to them than crazy contestants. Designers who make "pig coats" and hunchback dresses and who are almost revoltingly proud of them get to stay, while designers who relish craftsmanship and elegance have to go.
Eduardo made the best-looking clothes the most consistently of any contestant all season but had to go last night. His designs were flawed, yes, but whose weren't? Dominique, giddy and gloating over her looks without a clue as to how tragic they actually were, got to stay. The challenge was for each designer to create two eccentric looks around two vintage accessories hand-selected by Barneys' Simon Doonan (what a fortuitously timed episode!). Eduardo feels confused by his giant feather hat and silver belt while Dominique is thrilled with her pink glitter pig and immediately decides to put an abstract face of a pig on a white coat. Isaac tells Eduardo he has to branch out and show them something other than a pretty cocktail dress this time. Pants is what he needs, says Isaac, who is absolutely tickled by Dominque's pig face idea. Meanwhile Crazy Calvin has to win, Isaac adds, otherwise he will go home.
But we knew Calvin wouldn't go this episode. Finally he got a chance to explain what drives him: that his partner is sick and dying, with a prognosis of a few months to live, and that the Gay Men's Health Crisis has helped him through this very difficult time, and he wants to give back to the organization. That's his motivation for success. The way he treated the gay groomsmen he had to dress in the last episode was completely unacceptable, but Dominique's glee over her ugly this week just might have been worse.
Over on team Emerald, Cesar wants to dye his fabric, which Isaac cautions him against it due to time restraints. As if Cesar cares — as in past consultations, he tells Isaac he's Cesar and he is King of Everything and will do as he damn pleases. He ends up showing two white dresses to go with his partner Jeffrey's two white bird-inspired looks. Team Emerald wins the challenge and Jeffrey the competition. Review all the looks with critiques from last night in the slideshow.