FASHION SHOW! FASHION SHOW! FASHION SHOW AT LUNCH!
Episode Synopsis: So there was, like, a LOT of clothes in this episode - which made my job even more fun that usual. Before I get to hits and misses, I suppose we can talk about how Ashley and Tom are getting super cozy while Hanna throws out perfectly good Thai food in protest. Spencer tries to resume being the HBIC only to find out that our special girl Mona has usurped her as Queen of the Student Body. In the midst of these minor battles, Emily is trying to nab girlfriend number three but Samara knows how to play it cool. Poor Emily, she’s used to girls throwing themselves at her. Oh, and does anyone else see the budding romance between Aria and Jason? I AM SO NOT COOL WITH THIS. First, they change the actor and now they’re trying to make him likable? No thanks, y’all. But you know what? None of this matters because of the FASHION SHOW. I hope none of you were surprised when it all when to pieces.
Let’s begin with the girls in their day to day attire, shall we? The fringe might be a little much but I’ll be honest, I’m totally digging this Aria look. Actually, it’s the vest that really seals the deal but, like I said, the fringey tassels could go. It’s a great BoHo look pairing the graphic tee with some big jewelry, and adding texture with the vest. High fives, girl! If only you were even remotely old enough to understand where that look originated, I’d be totes sold.
Oh good, we’re back to regular Aria programming. I was worried that I might not see something floral and abrasive this episode. There’s a good question: are feathers or florals Aria’s dominant fashion fetish? ...And people say I’m not philosophical.
I’m a fan of tye-dye in any form so I’m OK with Emily wearing this bed sheet she’s clearly repurposed as clothing. Girl, you have a window seat in your bedroom and your own car, why not spring for some real clothing?
Alright, it’s a step in the right direction. Now, when I said “clothing” I meant dress like Hannah or Spencer; I’d suggest Aria but Emily doesn’t have the chops to pull off some of those outfits. A baseball t-shirt? Really? That had better be a smock protecting your threads underneath.
Hanna and her friends joined everyone for lunch! Honeychild, that’s a lot of breast for the daylight. Also, this shot is from the lunch called by the one and only, Jennifer DiLaurentis. Do you wear a cleavage top to lunch with your dead friend’s mother while trying to plan a charity fashion show? No, you do not. Unless you’re eating at Coyote Ugly.
Spencer’s face suggests anger and frustration... but look at those adorable hearts on her shirt! Hmm, let’s take a closer look at the hearts - what’s up with that? Such a cutesy pattern for such a preppy girl. It’s something I’d expect to see on a school teacher in her early 40s because she wants to seem approachable and whatnot. Spencer, you can do better.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! In a later shot, we’ll see that this is actually a little sundress that Spencer pairs with white, sheer leggings that scream ADORBZ. Work that pinafore, sister. Laura Ingalls couldn’t have done it better.
Now, for a quick snapshot of Toby and his lady love at the fashion show. He does clean up rather well, huh? I don’t know what’s causing it but Spencer’s hair in this scene is fan-tas-tic. With a capital Vidal Sassoon. Side note: where did they get all the “swag bags” for a high school fashion show?!
Apparently, it was crop top day during the dry run of the show. Is this a thing models do? Am I that out of touch?
Subsequently, this is what the girls wore AFTER the fashion show had wrapped. Seriously... am I missing something here? I would think that after an exhausting event to plan and execute, you’d want to slip into some nasty sweatpants, not get stitched into a dress while you stand around and speculate.
So, if there’s one thing we learned this week it’s that (starting top left moving clockwise):
1. Don’t give away the goods at lunch
2. Pinafores double as high fashion and practical barista wear
3. Baseball t-shirts are good for one bloody thing: their namesake
4. When it doubt, bat your lashes and say something spiritual.