It must be rough to be a model. Even on your day off, you have to worry about what you’re wearing. Even if you’re wearing a sweatshirt, you have to wear a high-fashion one with peplum shorts. After all, you have to Instagram every moment of your life when you’re a model.
If you couldn’t tell from the title, “Models Off Duty,” this episode is all about the models. They are the clients for this challenge. The designers meet Tim atop a Brooklyn rooftop where he’s brunching with the models. He tells them the details — they have to create a street style look that the models can post on social media — and then lets the models pick their own designer.
It’s just like a school playground as the designers get picked off one by one. Jazzmine selects Samantha; Meisha picks her Japanese buddy Kentaro; Sanita chooses Kenya; and Christina pairs up with Margarita.
Claire and Shawn are totally not bothered at all that no one is picking them.
Colleen picks Brandon; Liris chooses Michael; Marsha grabs Amy; and Monique asks for Batani.
Claire and Shawn are totally fine, who cares!? Not Shawn, who breathes a big sigh of relief when Janine picks her. Lena selects Ayana, and finally Sian is left with Claire.
Claire is totally fine with being last (just in case my sarcasm doesn’t read: Claire is totally not fine with being last).
The designer-model pairs “hit the streets” and talk about style and design ideas. After taking selfies together (this episode is trying way too hard to be 2013 hip), the designers head off to Mood to buy their supplies.
Once back in the workroom, the twins are already annoying their fellow contestants. Claire keeps saying how she wants to focus on her own work, but Shawn is constantly asking her for help, and she continually gives it to her without complaint. And when Shawn asks Claire to jump, she just asks how high. It’s always “one more question.” And it’s starting to get old with everyone around them: Batani rolls her eyes behind their back, and both Kenya and Margarita talk about it in their confessionals. However, not a single designer confronts them about their workroom shenanigans. This really is a great group of nice people. (Season 16 #forthewin! #modelsoffduty! #hashtags!)
A few hours later, Tim brings in the models. He meets with each designer-model pair to give critiques: He talks Claire out of incorporating wording onto her sweatshirt; he helps Michael and Liris decide on a color option; and he warns Kenya of her green fabric selection. Tim is worried the emerald color will make Sanita look like a “long green bean.” It really concerns Kenya and she’s not sure she trusts herself to move forward.
But move forward she does…until 1 a.m. when all the designers call it a night. (Recap continued on page 2, indeed)