"If I Don't Win, the
World Will Suffer For It (or: Not So Fabolous)" - June
return to our now 15 finalists returning to the Soho
lofts after the 1st style forum where Tommy Hilfiger
deservedly ripped both teams a new a-hole. People were
Rob said "Tonight was a reality check. It's not about
friendship. It's about business."
Whispers abound and it is heard that Shauna wants to
go home. Jeff explains that it was intimidating and
she was quitting. She stated that she expected to
design clothes and she was unimpressed with the 1st
assignment. Ok, Shauna--go the hell home. You are a
puss. There were probably thousands of people who
wanted that spot, who at this point seem a hell of a
lot more talented than your sorry ass. Don't let the
door hit your ass on the way out. Chris felt excited
to be here and everyone was pissed at
The next morning, everyone went to the Teknicar car
customization workshop. Tommy enters. I was expecting
one of the teammates to bitch Shauna and tell Tommy
that Shauna wanted to quit. But no one had the balls
to. He tells a story about how he got lucky enough to
design clothes for Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.
He found this reflective fabric that he thought would
look great on Mick and he was going to reflect. He
didn't only reflect, he glowed like he was
radioactive. Needless to say that Mick was not
thrilled. You have to know your client. He goes onto
explain that Lincoln-Mercury has donated 2 brand new
2005 Lincoln Navigators for the next challenge. One
was green and one was white. The challenge is this:
CHALLENGE: You have to design, customize and trick
out your SUV for rap star Fabolous. Your team will
have $7,500, 36 hours and access to the tools, team
and sleeping areas of Teknicar. You have to impress
Tommy and Fabolous.
(Recapper's note: Tommy pronounces Fabolous's name "Fab-u-lous".
It's Fab-o-lous, Tommy. I think Tommy was trying to be
a little to hip for the room. Check out his webpage at
The teams get reshuffled this way. Since Elizabeth got
picked 1st last time, and Chris C got picked 1st last
time by Rob and Julie they get the honors this week.
The first people who get picked this week get to pick
next week and so on. Elizabeth picks first since her
team won the billboard challenge. So, here are the
ELIZABETH'S TEAM: Felix(who was happy to be picked 1st
this week, instead of last like last week.), Princess,
Tommy, Wes, Chris, Jessica and Vlada(who was
automatically put on there since no one picked
her--"no one can stop me")
CHRIS C'S TEAM: James Rob Jeff Deanna Julie and Shauna
next to last.
says he was looking for 3 qualities in his fashion
design winner: business acumen, creativity, and social
skills. He may present opportunities to impress him in
different areas. He gives both teams this social
SPECIAL INVITATION #1: Tommy explains he has 2
invitations to the People's Choice Awards in Los
Angeles. (a CBS property) for tomorrow night! (It was
on January 9, 2005.) You will be the red carpet
correspondent for Entertainment Tonight (another part
of the CBS/Viacom empire) and be assisted by Kevin
Frazier. You will take the Jet Aviation private jet
(w/travel cards) and fly right now to LA. A limo is
He explains that the team member chosen will not be
graded on this design assignment, but will be graded
on how you do on the red carpet. The teams have 2
minutes to decide. Chris C wanted to go, but his
instinct told him to stay. James tells Shauna, "If you
go, you need to improve your attitude." Time's up.
Elizabeth's team chose Tommy. Tommy said he had a tux,
and that sinched for him. Besides, Tommy said he had
no clue who Fabolous was. Chris C picks Shauna in the
most brilliant move of the night. And Tommy and Shauna
leave in the waiting limo for LA. Cut back to Chris C
who called Deanna and Julie the two strongest women
there. Shauna feels vulnerable, and Julie says she
would have brought the team down anyway. Ouch, but
7PM--36 hours to go. The cars roll in. Chris's team
are in Blue coveralls, Elizabeth are in Orange. Blue
team is discussing ideas like mad, and are not getting
ideas across. While the Orange Team is communicating
better, Princess feels like she should win this, cause
she knows what Fab likes.
On the Jet, Shauna and Tommy are sipping champagne and
she likes Tommy and she is happy. They arrive late
night in LA. Back in the garage we get:
SPECIAL INVITATION #2: Tommy has reserved the VIP area
of Club Marquee in New York to meet Fabolous and get
to know him. With this information, you can get an
idea of how the care should be. Two members of each
team will be allowed to meet Fab.
For the Blue Team it will be Chris and Jeff. Chris
gave up the trip so he wants to go. For the Orange
Team, it's Vlada and Princess. All four of them pile
into a cab at 10:30 and get to the club. Fab arrives
and immediately the girls see Fab as a piece of meat
and flirt immediately. Princess immediately wanted him
to remember her. Uh...no, Princess you want your team
to win your assignment. You are not there to score a
quickie with a rap star. They ask what he likes and
Princess says, "me in the passenger seat." Nice. Fab
retorted, "On the right day." He saw her right quick.
Chris noticed that the girls were flirting, but he
didn't let it get to him. Him and Fab talked seriously
about the car while Vlada and Princess got their NY
Club girl thing going.
They got back at 12:15AM. Elizabeth asked how it went:
Princess a) slipped him her number b) has plans to
cook him fried chicken c) and was liked by Fab for her
energy level....uh, Princess what about the car?
Princess believes her "cocoas" (her eyes) will help
her win the assignment. The only thing she remembers
is that he likes Vienna Fingers Cookies. Ok, then. I
like Vienna Fingers cookies too. But I am more of an
Oreo man myself.
Blue Team has a powwow. James said Chris did a good
job getting to know what Fab likes.
1AM--30 hours to go. Teams are working. But the Blue
Team is in a panic--they lost the keys to the
Navigator and need to do a lot of work that can't be
done without the keys. This was pretty dumb.
7AM--24 hours to go. Orange Team is sleeping and Blue
Team didn't sleep because they were looking for the
keys everywhere. They call in a locksmith with a new
set of keys. Chris says we have to get back to work.
"I can't live without this dream. It's never over till
it's over." The orange team get woken up by " Remember
the face Amy had when she left." They go to the fabric
store and they get erotic skins like Python, Crocodile
and others "especially when you want Princess in the
car." Ok, Princess we all know you want to bang Fab.
Back in LA, Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight
meets with Tommy and Shauna for show prep. You have to
know your stars, what they do and be well versed with
people. Tommy freaked..."I'm not prepared!"
In New York, Jeff believed there should be a champagne
bucket. He feels he is meticulous. Chris says that
Jeff doesn't strive for perfection like I do. He hates
Time for the red carpet of the show. We see clips of
different stars arriving. Tommy doesn't watch TV. He
apparently doesn't know who Sheryl Crow is. The
producer shakes his head. Shauna, in a face saving
job, did a very credible job of interviewing. Tommy on
the other hand, was "fawning and overtly gay" fanboy.
And he wasn't very prepared.
Back in NY, we have 6 hours to go. On the orange team,
everyone is doing work--excpet Vlada who is sitting in
the back watching the TV. Wes notices and Elizabeth
argues with Vlada. Vlada says she was doing stuff.
4 hours to go. Chris explodes that the running boards
are messed up. Jeff is blamed, but claims he didn't do
anything. He says if he did stuff he would take the
blame. Rob says he wiped it down with alcohol. Chris
says it's ruined. Jeff and Rob don't take the blame
2 hours to go. Time is of the essence. Julie never
felt anything this crazy. Chris is blessed to be here.
1 hour to go. Chris asks James, the only one who can
sew, to redo the headrests. He does so. And by the 30
minute mark, is going crazy. And he makes it just at
the last minute. TIME IS UP. Chris is ready for Fab to
check out the car. Princess loves her Navigator for
Later on that morning. The two teams assemble in a
parking lot, and the 2 Navigators are driven up. Tommy
exits the limo and explains that he brought some
guests. Fabolous is there along with car customizer
and New York City Rap Station Hot97 DJ Funkmaster
Flex. Check out his cars and music here at http://www.funkmasterflex.com/
They will both judge the cars. Chris C shows the
greentruck first. Flex likes the side lights and Chris
explains the Paisley and Tan Headrests. Felix shows
the White Navigator as a lounge. Princess shows the
skins and closet in the back. They also show the old
time microphone as the shift knob.
Flex explains what he liked and disliked on each
truck. On the Green truck, he liked the suede on the
floor and blue angel lights. He hated the paisley/tan
headrests. On the white truck, he liked the clothing
in the back. But he hated the fur skins.
Back at the loft, the teams were getting ready for the
style forum. Jeff said, "If I don't win, the world
will suffer. God put me here to do this." (Ok, keep
the ego in check, Jeff.) Princess says, "I am giving
so much fever." Princess, your ghetto act is wearing
real thin. We know you are black, honey. Onto the
Tommy starts with the People's Choice Awards. He asks
Tommy which celebrities he interviewed...he couldn't
remember one. Shauna remembered Sheryl Crow, who told
Tommy hello. Tommy spoke to Kevin Frazier and said
Shauna did a professional job. Tommy didn't know the
people and spoke to them as a fan, not on their level.
He told Tommy that he failed. Ouch.
He turns to the Blue Team and asked, "How could you
lose the keys to the car? It seems so obvious." He
turns to Jeff and said that he didn't show much
creativity this week. There was a lot of confusion,
and no cohesion. Your team was a mess. "
To the Orange Team: Vlada and Princess met Fab...Princess
said she took a lot of mental notes to get what Fab
wanted in the car. She took credit for the fur. Fab
comes in. First he describes the white car from the
Orange Team. He liked the closet in the back. He
didn't like the Fur. Cut to Princess in shock. He felt
it was over the edge and the Parental sticker wasn't
To the Blue Team: He liked the angel lights and the
blue pinstriping. He also liked the name down the side
of the car. Tommy asked which car won...and the green
car with the blue team wins!
He turns to the orange team. Princess and Vlada went
to the club to get the information and didn't get it
right. Princess claims she did get it right, but Tommy
shoots her down. "You didn't. He asked for understated
and you went gaudy." He asked Jessica who did the
least, and claimed Vlada did. That led to argument.
Time for decision. Tommy failed, but he got lucky
because two people failed worse. He called Vlada and
Princess to the pit. He explained that the both of
them were equally responsible, but Princess showed
some leadership and creativity. And with that Vlada is
"out of style" and takes the runway. She said, "I
tried and failed. I will be a designer...but not
Tommy ends with this. "The assignments will get even
more grueling. I know you are beat up right now. Get
organized, get it together and get focused. Don't
waste my time."
Next week: The teams redesign two famous New York
Clubs: The Cotton Club and Studio 54.