When our heroes arrive in Laverre City, Serena tells Ash that Gym Leader Valerie is also a renowned fashion designer. Unfortunately for Ash and another would-be challenger named Sawyer, this means the Gym is closed for a fashion show and there are no battles to be found! Ash and Sawyer decide to have a battle of their own. Meanwhile, Serena and Bonnie admire Valerie’s lovely designs...and then get recruited to join the fashion show as substitute models!
Our heroes soon learn that at the end of every fashion show, Valerie chooses a challenger from the audience so she can show off how her creations look in battle. This time, it’s Sawyer’s turn! His Bagon has no chance against Valerie’s Spritzee, but he appreciates the experience and takes lots of notes for next time.
Ash is so excited for his Gym battle the next day that he can barely wait to finish dinner before launching right into some special training with Sawyer’s help. Ash isn’t the only eager one—Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie rush through their own meals to cheer them on!