They all have 30 minutes to visit a very specific store and the finished product must not look like it came from that store. Since it seems to be August during filming, all the designers are shocked to find themselves in a Christmas Store. Note to Christmas stores: how do you stay in business year round? I believe the answer to this puzzle will reveal Why The Terrorists Are Mad or The Greatest Business Model on Earth.
The designers rush around and given that they are not allowed to make something that looks Christmasy, I think this is one of the hardest Unconventional Challenges yet. The whole store is an explosion of glitter and red and green. The time limit is called out by a door-guarding Santa, who proves, definitively, that nothing is better than Tim Gunn. Not even Santa.
The mannequins quiver in fear over where he is going to put that tiny toy train
So back in the workroom things are going as expected. Everyone is freaking, Ivy is helping Papa Elsa too much and Dead Mauth is melting down without using a single facial muscle. Joanna joins them to take a look at what Glue Hath Wrought in a sweater and skirt that she can definitely wear a bra with. Or two.
But apparantly not shapewear
She gives Papa Elsa a hard time, and Dead Mauth has an approved piece so far, but seems to be planning to rely solely on ribbons for the rest of the dress… Everyone else receives fairly positive reviews, especially Aryan for his monochromatic piece and the jewelry-loving Saint Pancake. Ivy doesn’t want to concede defeat from last week and seems to be working on another goldish satin-looking monstrosity, but Joanna seems to like it. Papa Elsa is basically just screwed at this point. His look needs to be scrapped and it looks like he raided a home and garden store by accident so he starts rooting through the garbage to find more materials.
Back at the hotel it looks like it’s becoming Girls vs. Boys and the ladies giggle in their room about Dead Mauth’s purple butterfly dress he is making for Lindsay’s 6th grade dance, OMG. Meanwhile, DeadMauth explains to Papa that unconventional means nonconventional over and over and Joshua just keeps repeating “garage sale”. Both bits of advice do not seem that constructive.
Back in the workroom it’s glue gun time and I will allow it. This once. Papa Elsa is taking Joshua’s advice and begging for donations, which, surprisingly, the other designers seem to be forthcoming. Uli has a pretty cute design, but there is about four inches missing off the hemline. Everyone is still shitting on DeadMauth for just gluing together ribbons from the Lisa Frank collection. I like that he is doing a basket weave instead of a bandage dress, so maybe that will carry him.