The One Where Merle Finally Won

The One Where Merle Finally Won

"Sometimes my castmates and I would call Vanessa by name, but most of the time we just called her Baby Gaga."

Week 4 of Launch My Line… I’ll call this one “the one when Merle finally won." This episode’s top two show us that they are forces to be reckoned with, the others show us that any mis-step can hurt. Maybe it was spending 2 hours looking for inspiration in those nude “models," but didn’t the designers all seem unfocused and off track? This brings us to the subject of the experts once again… Merle was fortunate that Thai is so facile because when they finally cleared the fog, Thai was perhaps the only one that could have completed that garment in just a few hours. Every designer is dependent on their expert… there is just not enough time to try out theories and ruminate on what ifs. Did you see how Jim kept Louanna on track? She only landed on the bottom 3 because her interpretation of evening was not as “special event” as the judges expected. Most women would love to go out for the evening in what she created and Jim kept Lou’s eye on creating the best garment that could be sewn by his expert hands in the allotted time. The piece was lovely and that’s why she did not get kicked off. Nice work. On the other hand, fellow bottom dweller Eric was in the bottom 3 because Galina opted to use the same fabrics as two previous garments. You could see Eric wanting to say something… but how do you argue with someone that has Galina’s track record of success? Her talents have garnered a win in week 2 and strong runway shows in every other challenge. I think that Galina was trying to out-think the competition and was too much in her logical head and not in her designer head. I have a feeling that she won’t make that mistake again. And I am looking forward to seeing if this makes Eric bolder in his rebuttals with Galina.

I can’t really comment too much about the episode because I thought the nude “models” were silly. I am all over having a muse and being inspired by the beauty that is the human body, but I thought this one was a bit forced. Thank goodness there is enough drama with the cast. I am glad that Merle finally won a competition, for three reasons. First of all fashion is her profession, she has the knowledge and a great expert; she should do well and the work is proof. Second, this competition means so much to her, she has put a lot of pressure on herself because she expects a lot from herself. And third, because of reasons 1 and 2 she needed this victory to relax. Let me tell you that Merle is a sweet and generous person, but you can see that the little green monster was starting to creep up on her when Louanna, Eric and Kathy had won and she had not. I have been afraid that if she didn’t win something soon, she would start designing to win the week not to create a fabulous line. And even though Merle is a frontrunner, playing to win might lead to a mistake and that would take her out of the competition. Now she might be tougher to beat than ever.

I have the same fear for Marilyn because I think that she believes she should have won a few of the competitions. The expression on her face when she is told that she is safe or another contestant has won tells the story. If she starts to press and try too hard, I am afraid that she will make the kind of mistake that will cause her to fall.

And so let’s get to Vanessa. When she said she wanted a dress that would feature the hips, I knew she was sunk. Even with an expert as skilled as Tressa (and do yourself a favor and behold the genius that is Fierce Couture… yes look it up and prepare to be amazed) that was just the opening the judges needed to drop Vanessa’s line. I will restate here what I said to her in week two when the bottom 3 were me, Vanessa and Kathy. I think it was either me or Vanessa that would be dropped. While we were sweating it out on the firing line I leaned over to her and said “You and I have very little in common, but I am so proud of you and actually pleased to be standing here with you. You and I are the only ones bold enough to stand alone with a unique vision and the inability to blend in. I commend your courage and whichever way this goes… thank you for being you and allowing me to be me." Sometimes my castmates and I would call Vanessa by name, but most of the time we just called her Baby Gaga. It’s too bad Vanessa won’t be on hand next week to actually meet with and work with the original.

I am so very looking forward to next week when the remaining designers get to work with Lady Gaga. It is clear that she is very smart and from what I have gathered fun, insightful and very generous… this one is going to be special, and I am not going to miss it.

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