Hm... so the Dawn Special doesn't revolve around Pokemon Fashion at all?
Personally, I would've held off on Dawn until a Musicals arc in B/W proper and have her come in to be Cilan's costumer. But, meh.
On the plus side... those of you wanting her to have Treeco need to rethink that position, 'cause that's Max's starter.
Boy, would that Ralts be surprised to find its Max traveling with a girl. (Come on! You know it'll happen, even if it only happens off-screen.)
Anyway, yeah, I feel that the loss of the Pokemon Fashion Designer subplot was a bit of a waste. But, again, the
ShowoffShippy! potential for Dawn and Max to share adventures partially mitigates that. The events of the episode itself... could've been done in either context (contest journey OR fashion internship).
Also, I'm calling this now: Look for Ash's Quilava to evolve into a Typhlosion by the end of, not the Unova tourney, but the one immediately thereafter. All we need is bacon boy to fully evolve and Ash could replace Blaine! (Not that he'd want to...)
Remarks about former party members not en-route to Hoenn are reserved for my post in Brock's Episode.
Ash was 10 when he started and is still 10 today.
My boss was in college when Ash started and he's still in college today.