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Rachel vs. Brad on Bravo: A Turban and Another Tight Race

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Bravo is pitting the Rachel Zoe Project (season 5) and It's a Brad, Brad World (season 2) against each other on Wednesday nights. It's Fashion's Night In, people! We at Racked are keeping score and will crown a winner each week before naming the champion of Bravo's fashion block. May the best fashionista win.

Last night on The Rachel Zoe Project, Rachel and Rodger go a polo match and socialize with some Hilfigers. Meanwhile, Rachel begins working on her pre-fall and fall collections—by which we mean she goes on a shopping spree and styles a '60s/mod shoot for InStyle with Jaime King. The episode ends with Rachel and Rodger fighting over whether or not they need an apartment in New York. Rachel wants; and will probably get ?

Meanwhile on It's a Brad, Brad World: Brad heads off on a whirlwind visit to Canada to help his sister choose a wedding gown, and the event is capped by her asking him to be her best man. Upon returning, Brad heads straight to a lookbook shoot for J Brand. At home, Gary announces that a show he created was picked up—in England. He'll have to move to London the day after the couple moves into their new house.

Best Just Wow Moment
TRZP: Skyler has a cashmere onesie.
IABBW: Seeing where childhood Brad bought his Wet 'n Wild nail polish.
Winner: Probably Brad. You know Skyler has like 16 cashmere onesies.

Best 'I'm Kind of a Big Deal' Moment
TRZP: Rachel snaps a phone-photo of one of those completely amazing checkerboard Louis Vuitton gowns looking completely amazing at the shoot: "I'm sending this to Marc [Jacobs] ? I'm texting it to him."
IABBW: While wedding dress shopping in Canada the shop person pulls out a Jenny Packham. Brad has to tell said shop person, "We were just with Jenny Packham in New York."
Winner: If you have to ask ? obviously Rachel.

Best New Catchphrase Possibility
TRZP: "Maje" branches out: "You're the maje-est."
IABBW: "Secret freak out"—a potentially widely applicable expression ?
Winner: Maje is the maje-est.

Best Celebrity Appearance
TRZP: Rachel runs into Selma Blair—who flirts with Skyler—at the polo match. Later she drinks some lovely-looking white wine with Tommy Hilfiger.
IABBW: Nothing to see here ?
Winner: Rachel, but by default

Best Styling Your Family
TRZP: "I want to ruin Rodger's life every time he tortures me about an outfit"—and yet, when isn't she somehow sort of torturing someone over an outfit?
IABBW: Brad's sister was considering black bridesmaids dresses. Brad: " "We're not doing black."
Winner: Brad, because we're not doing black.

Best Outfit
TRZP: While everyone else at the polo match is wearing pastels, Rachel shows up the most amazing round-framed charcoal sunglasses, a slouchy maybe leather turban, a long, flowing black dress, and pounds of gold jewelry.
IABBW: Was that shawl-collared cardigan a signature bizarro-hued Paul Smith Fair Isle? Into it.
Winner: Rachel, for doing black.

Best Quote, Ego Edition
TRZP: "I can't watch someone not getting dressed well."
IABBW: "She's really petite—as well ?"
Winner: Rachel, for making that double negative sing.

Best Ridiculous Fashion Designer Quote
TRZP: Blue corduroy—"is it a little Sears back to school? That could be a good thing;" courtesy of Rachel's design director.
IABBW: "I don't want it to look like 'I'm dropping off the kids at school';" courtesy of J Brand's creative director.
Winner: Very close, but it has to be the blue corduroy.

Best Mid-commercial Moment of Ridiculous
TRZP: Rachel gets a freebie from Reed Krakoff.
IABBW: The newest shoes at Brad's studio are some everything-and-the-kitchen-sick Louboutins—"is this shoe called the freak out?"
Winner: No contest—Brad.

Best Queen Out
TRZP: "I'm going to go throw on my dress and turban."
IABBW: On how to deal with a particular gown's long train: "I can teach her the drag queen train kick!" When the response is a series of blank stares: "Don't worry about it."
Winner: Rachel's turban.

Best WTF Moment
TRZP: Lacquered lace by Versace ?
IABBW: The fact that there is a Goreski campground and a Goreski roofing company up in Canada somewhere. Yes, those Goreskis.
Winner: Those industrious Goreskis.

Best Gratuitous Cuteness
TRZP: Skyler speaking French!
IABBW: Omigod, Brad's intern Aneshia!
Winner: Aneshia.

Best Shopping Moment
TRZP: Rachel flipping out at Resurrection Vintage (you would too if you saw subtly pinstriped sueded leather Gucci).
IABBW: Brad's sister trying on wedding gowns: "Do people normally take their socks off for this?"
Winner: Brad and his sister's socks.

TRZP: 7 points
IABBW: 6 points—so close, all over again

The (totally unscientific and subjective) Winner of Fashion's Night In Week 4 is Rachel! Rachel maintains her lead—will Brad come back?

· Fashion's Night In [Bravo]
· The Rachel Zoe Project [Bravo]
· It's a Brad, Brad World [Bravo]