"Dressed for Success"
- June 30
After Chris S. got cut from the style forum, 13
designers remain. The teams head back to the Soho
Loft. James is disappointed to see Chris S. go. Chris
C. said that being too quiet hurts you. He mentions a
list of things to Rob of what Chris S should have
done. James said the competition is like splitting
hairs. In a conversation with Tommy, he says
everything is a crap shoot. Nothing is guaranteed.
The next day, the teams meet in Bryant Park. (Recapper's
note: It's located at the corner of 42nd Street and
6th Avenue.) Tommy explains that this is the site of
New York's Fashion Week. This is where all the designs
are shown for spring and fall. And one of the things
that are shown are dresses. Which leads to this week's
ASSIGNMENT: The teams will design 3 dresses. They
will have $1200/team for material. They may apply some
of the budget to seamstresses. But there is a catch.
The model of the dress must be someone the team finds
off the street. They must model the dress for Tommy at
Tommy says concept is only part of it. Execution is
key. An evening dress must make a woman feel sexy. And
of course the teams reshuffle:
Wes and Tommy were picked first last week so here are
the teams:(with Wes picking first since his team won
WES: Deanna, Felix (Wes comments: Tommy said he was
not picking Shauna because she was sick and that Wes
and Shauna had a little alliance going. It was a
little disappointing. He then chose, James, Elizabeth,
Julie and Jeff was picked last again. (Wes comments:
You need to know who you want and who is the
TOMMY: (he was going to pick Felix): Princess, Shauna,
Jessica, Chris C. Rob W.
Jeff after being picked last said he will work his ass
off and be heard. He will be a leader. Tommy said he
chose team who was the best. Some of Wes's team hasn't
even sewed a piece of clothing. Wes said Tommy picked
all the weird personality in a blender and we will see
what comes out.
Ah, but Tommy Hilfiger has a social invitation for
them. For two people on each team, he has passes for a
party that is being thrown for his friends at his Soho
store. He will give each member $500 to spend to get
ready for the party. The team members who go cannot
come back before midnight. Chris C. said a party at
his store was a dream come true. Rob W. was not a
dress designer, he was urban. So he would go.
And on the yellow team: Wes/Deanna go. Julie wanted to
go, but Wes thought his social skills were better.
Deanna said speaking to Tommy H was speaking to an
icon. She wants to find out what happened in his life.
She wants to know about his first successes. Tommy
wishes them good luck and the teams hug and split.
James was surprised Wes left. In the limo, Chris C
said when the invites came out, his heart skipped a
It's 9:00AM 30 hours to go. Tommy--he was more than
happy that Rob and Chris left. Princess thinks they
have this assignment. James thinks they are underdogs.
11:00AM 28 hours to go. Back to the cutting room. The
Yellow Team was discussing ideas....Julie said that
this was a learning process for Elizabeth. Julie/Liz
say Tommy H. was looking for sexy dresses...James
didn't like Jeff's design. Back on the Blue side, they
were discussing ideas...Princess and Tommy were on and
happy. Tommy said he can finesse the ideas.
Deanna, Wes, Rob and Chris C went to Bloomingdales.
Wes told Chris C said no baggy jeans. Rob didn't feel
comfortable in the black suit. He felt funny spending
money as he gives money to his kids over himself. Wes
and Chris C. talk about that and Wes said to spend the
money with joy.
1:00PM 26 hours to go. Yellow Team go to B/J Fabrics.
Elizabeth said she never designed a dress. Blue Team
enters the same store. Princess/Tommy/Jessica (who
says Shauna is resting.) Tommy says if no one steps on
his toes, they will be very successful. He also says
the other team has some strange expressions...he is
not too worried. Princess and their team are ready to
On the Yellow Team Felix and James will design one
dress, Liz will do one, and Jeff and Julie will do
one. On the Blue Team, Jessica goes out for the blue
team and looks for a model...she can't seem to find
one. we see her walking...and looking...and
6:00PM with 21 hours remaining. Blue team is in the
Soho Cutting Room. Tommy says Princess's dress is an
easy idea and can whip it up without thinking. On the
yellow team, James is waiting for the seamstress.
Elizabeth says she has a solid vision of design.
Tommy, in a total dick move, said he is designing the
dress and ditched Princess's patterns without her
knowing it. They shows Elizabeth's dress which is a
classic design of hi neck and open keyhole back.
Simple black dress. James and Felix's design is a
design of many diff pieces. Jeff and Julie's design
was a mismash. Jeff had an idea of molding lingerie
into a dress. Julie said it was trashy not sexy. Jeff
said Julie is not a sexy woman. Julie said Jeff was
desperate to contribute.
At the Soho party, Tommy gets to know everyone. Rob
was confident in his social skills. He told Tommy he
was not comfortable spending money. Rob is Rob. Tommy
tells them to mingle and have fun. Wes said he could
snag a model for the dress, and you know what...he
does. And in his words..."score!"
9:40PM--17 Hours to go. Felix says Jeff is not PC n
front of women. Jeff and Elizabeth look for models.
Elizabeth has no respect for Jeff. Liz says they have
a job to do. They fight over the model search. Liz
says Jeff is a hindrance to the process.
11:00PM 16 hours to go. Jessica still cant find the
model. Tommy wonders where she is. He says that this
time wasting won't look good to Tommy.
15 hours to go: Jessica finds a model named Marisol.
And after some cajoling, she brings her back to the
cutting room. Tommy says Jessica came through.
Yellow Team: 3:00AM 12 hours to go: Wes/Deanna come
back...Wes saves the day by finding the model.
4:00AM Chris C comes back. He was disappointed that he
was not considered. Tommy knows that and he is scared
what Tommy would say to Hilfiger in the style
forum...and Tommy laughs maniacally.
8:00AM and we see Shauna Resting. She comes down and
sees that they are two hours behind with 2 dresses to
go. Princess is talking to Shauna. Princess says he
can't think and do 2 things at the same time. Tommy
takes control...Shauna says Tommy is out of control.
Tommy says, "I hate the dress." We see the blue team
On the yellow team we see the dress...Wes says Jeff
and Julie's dress is like a flamenco dress gone
wrong...the dress is totally Julie meets Jeff...tacky
Tommy Hilfiger enters the studio. He meets with both
teams. He explains that there is a process called "the
edit". You have to cut down sometimes as many as 20-30
pieces and go down to one. He does it all the time.
Both teams have to edit the three dresses down to one
dress for the model to wear in the style forum.
James's team choose's Liz's black dress. Wes says he
likes Liz's dress, but she annoys me. The other team
chooses Princess's dress. Shauna was hands off in the
decision. The yellow team toast's victory. James says
they can win. Liz is proud of herself.
Felix says the other team has to fail because Tommy is
too Flamboyant. He will overshoot. James is most
nervous. He knows what they are up against. Tommy was
excited to show his dress because it was his forte.
The teams enter the style forum and Tommy H. enters.
He first discusses the party. Unlike other invitations
where other people didn't behave, Chris/Rob/Wes/Deanna
handled themselves very very well. Tommy H learned a
lot about them last night. I am ready to judge the
Elizabeth said the design process was crazy. She was
proud of it and the team was happy. Princess was happy
It's time for the dresses. The Yellow's team dress was
a classic dress, as I explained earlier. The Blue's
team's dress was a pink layered pleated dress. At the
end, Princess hands her a pleated stole.
Tommy compliments both teams for finding a model. He
says the yellow dress drapes on the model well, but a
pin was sticking out of the dress. That was
unacceptable. The Blue dress's concept was not
executed. The winning dress was the Yellow Team's
dress...and Elizabeth told Tommy she was so honored.
She was crying.
He goes over to the blue team. He said the fit in the
back of the dress was poor, and their hem was uneven.
Tommy said the runway dress was the "executed dress".
He said "I bit off more than I can chew." Princess and
Tommy went back and forth. Princess claimed the dress
was NOT the original pattern. Tommy said he did follow
the patterns. Princess was hands off. Tommy said she
should have been in more control of her vision. Tommy
said he never left the room, and no one told him that
he was making a mistake. No one was there to consult.
Jessica said that was an excuse. Jessica defended her
contribution by finding the model. Jessica, Princess
and Tommy were called into the pit.
He told Princess that a design is your vision. You
have to keep your eye on it so that it is followed
through. He told Tommy he was disappointed that he
imposed his own ideas. You have to respect other
people's visions. Shauna said Tommy wasn't a good team
player. Jessica tried to speak up for herself, but she
was stopped by Tommy who said he asked the question of
Shauna. Shauna said Jessica was involved with the look
of the model as well. He told Jessica he was
disappointed that she wasn't creative enough. Princess
dropped the ball on her vision of the design. Tommy
complained that he didn't have enough time, but the
other team completed the assignment and won. He didn't
like excuses. He told Tommy that he was out of style
and to take the runway. And with that, Tommy is gone.
He said that the biggest mistake he made was "sharing
my talent. I should have kept my talent to myself. It
was a travesty."
Tommy H. ends with this positive note. "Cream rises to
the top. I am seeing some cream."
Next week, the teams travel to get some American