Heidi says this challenge is all about the opportunity to "shine," but doesn't elaborate further. Instead, she makes weirdo faces. My heart skips a beat as I briefly contemplate the possibility that the designers might be making an outfit for the rapper "Shyne," who just got out of prison after serving a 10-year sentence that everyone assumes he agreed to because someone had to take the fall for Diddy back in 1999. Alas, I have to keep reminding myself that this season of PR was filmed almost a year ago, so that seems unlikely. Perhaps next season.
Cut to what looks like a romantically lit museum, where Tim Gunn is looking rather debonair in a purple tie. He's standing next to Bob Mackie, the so-called "Sultan of Sequins." Mackie is famous in the fashion world for designing costume dresses sought by attention-seeking actresses, the kind of women who have never met an ostrich feather they couldn't stuff into a thong and call a red carpet dress. Which is to say Cher, Tina Turner and Madonna. Mackie is a handsome fellow, in a what-if-Frank-Gifford-were-gay kind of way.
Tim says this week's challenge will be to design a stage look -- in the style of Bob Mackie -- for a five-time Grammy winning, multiplatinum artist. But who is it? Tim lets the suspense build, and Nicolas responds by chewing on his fingernails like a raccoon with a meth addiction.
"She's an individual who sets trends and her own rules when it comes to her fashion, both on and off the stage," Gunn says.
(Please, please don't be Celine Dion. I have a hard enough time explaining to my straight friends why I love blogging about this show.)
Turns out it's Christina Aguilera! I'm actually kind of excited about this. I miss the days of MTV when the world seemed to revolve around people like Christina Aguilera. Remember when Eminem was so angry that Aguilera not-so-subtlety accused him of abusing his wife that Eminem wrote a song about how she hooked up with Fred Durst and Carson Daly? And even though all parties involved denied it, it seemed, at the time like the most scandalous thing ever? It makes me feel so old realizing that happened more than a decade ago. Those vapid chuckleheads on The Hills were like 11 years old back then. (Sigh.)
Cut to Mood. We got here so quickly, I'm going to further revise my Los Angeles travel theory and suggest that Tim Gunn got everyone here by piloting the Millennium Falcon, because Tim is absolutely the Han Solo of the fashion world. (Here is hoping Nicolas had to ride in the smuggling compartments while Irina and Shirin got to play space chess.) Inside Mood, it's nothing but feathers, sequins and panic, baby! Carol Hannah tell us that her strategy is to buy as many possible things as she can and "figure it out later."