OK, I will admit I, too, was floored when the challenge was revealed to design for the "everyday" woman, and that these everyday women would be the mothers and other female family members of the designers. It was funny to watch the hitherto smug facades crumble when confronted with women's shapes that were not size 2 or zero, and who were about five-five (or less) in height. Real women have breasts, hips, short fat thighs. At least Vincent did acknowledge that as designers they all ought to be able to design flattering outfits for larger women -- presumably this is a large (no pun intended)segment of the clothes-buying public.
Now for the stand-out messes:
Poor Robert! Was there ever a designer who has talent, but who is so clearly out of his depth? Nearly all his outfits have bombed for lack of originality or practicality. Watching Robert's outfits on the runway was like taking a huge horse pill of Sominex. When designing for a larger, older woman, Robert also foundered -- and it was no surprise. I don't know about you all, but I think red and black is a horrid color combination. In all, a sweet man, but he'd better stick to designing for a certain 11-inch tall woman who will remain nameless.
Clearly, Jeffrey is standing out as the bully of this season. Like most bullies, Jeffrey doesn't have any reason for his nastiness other than the fact that others let him get away with it. Turns out meeting his mother provides another piece of the puzzle why Jeffrey is so critical of others: JEFFREY DOESN'T LIKE HIMSELF! His mother confided that her son had had a drug and alcohol problem and had almost been living on the streets. Such a horrendous set of experiences and complications have left indelible emotional scars that seem to manifest themselves in Jeffrey's boorish behavior.
Even so, I could not believe how cruel he was to Angela's poor mother. The woman was in tears. I'm surprised she didn't walk off the show at being humiliated by that tattooed clown. I admit I like Angela even more seeing how gentle and forgiving her mother is.
Was I the only one who was surprised to discover VINCENT finally won a challenge? I hated his dress; that gigantic flared collar kept distracting me.
In all, a curious episode. The challenge and the resulting outfits took a clear back seat to the fact of learning more about the designers themselves.
And am I alone in learning that Ms. Laura is expecting baby number SIX?! No wonder she's so flat chested; birthing all those babies probably wore her breasts down to nubs.