The teams have 45 minutes to “caucus” and sketch, $2500 (big cheer!), and two days to design. The Dream Team follows Stanley’s lead, and they choose a theme: 1950s Dior. TeamKIR has six looks and seven designers, so immediately Kate says she would rather work on her own, as she has been paired up in the last two challenges. Amanda unilaterally decides she is now the default leader of the team and needs to pick up the slack, and her first act as leader is to sketch out a short, fringy metal dress that is not an attractive concept. Richard and Michelle are pairing off to make a high-collared dress. Richard suggests that the team keeps in mind a particular client. First he offers Bjork, which makes all kinds of sense for this challenge. But then he evolves the concept to “Ru Paul on Gilligan’s Island.” Say what? Michelle is scurred.
And by the way, this is what Joseph’s sketch looks like. He has an odd, scary, beautiful mind.
Field trip time! The designers follow Tim to the hardware store first, where Benjamin is stumped by the inability to compute measurements that aren’t metric. Michelle and Richard (from now on, I’m calling him Dick) are excited to find black and white mini-blinds, and Michelle is horrified to realize that she needs to constantly edit his gigantic ideas.
Next up is the flower market. Amanda is stymied, because she doesn’t “get” flowers. Your last name is Valentine, and you don’t like flowers? Who doesn’t like flowers? I understand if you don’t like to work with them, but to not like them at all? Joseph likes flowers that look like brains. Okay, then.
Amanda is making a dress out of moss, which apparently crumbles like crazy. Daniel says it looks like alopecia. (Ha! Thanks for doing my job for me, Daniel.) Michelle and Dick’s design is falling apart at its lack of seams. Kate is be-gloved and forming chicken wire into a dress-type formation. Benjamin is weaving his own fabric, which is great and all, but it’s not the “Turn Unconventional Materials into Conventional Materials Challenge.” Michelle divulges to us that she’s pretty sure Benjamin is digging his own grave. Matthew is upset, because Benjamin is the one with all the time management issues, and this ain’t gonna help him work on that. Michelle and Dick have been sniffing a little bit too much of those smelly branches they brought in, because now they’re forming an ugly bodice out of the Venetian blinds, and they’re really excited about it.
Even though all they have, at all, is like 3 blinds, curved into an object that kinda looks like a bodice if you squint really hard.
The next morning, Samantha likes her completely see-through, but pretty cool, latticed top, but she’s stuck. She doesn’t know what to do with the bottom of the dress. Joseph has a net. Swathed over the dress form. And that’s all he has. But he’s very serene, because he’s going to hang the flowers in it, or something. Daniel pulls Amanda aside to have a pow-wow. He likes what the team is doing, individually, but it’s not a cohesive line. As the team lunches together, they realize that Daniel has a point. But Patricia, ever the optimist, believes that it is cohesive, because everyone has hardware and floral. Uhhh… but wasn’t that was the challenge? Amanda is worried.