Each team will design a “performance” look for Miranda and a “red carpet” look. Tim gives them the Cliffs’ Notes on the dossier: the performance look should be a “little bit country, a little bit rock n roll” (so I guess something Donny and Marie might wear?) and the red carpet look should be chic and young, and not overly designed. Both looks should highlight her curves (read: she’s not a size 0, guys!) The looks do not have to be cohesive.
The teams begin to plan and sketch. Patricia (partnered with Layana) volunteers to design the performance look, because she can make fringe by hand in a special native American way; she explains they are taught to do that for dance performances from a young age, because you can’t just buy that stuff in stores. This could be really promising or a total train wreck. Benjamin is actually excited to be paired with Amanda, because she’s from Nashville, and sees Miranda out and about on the street “all the time.” They also decide on fringe. Kate and Tu are on the same page, to a sickeningly cute degree. And Dick has so many good things to say about his partner, he may just be in love with Stanley.
At Mood, everyone is picking out blues and navys, so there must have been something about that in the dossier that we weren’t told about.
Benjamin panics about the budget, and he and Amanda are $70 over. So I guess they must reject a bunch of stuff they picked out, but we don’t get to see what they reject and why, because we go to commercial.
The designers arrive back at Parsons, and everyone comments on how different the vibe is, now that they’re in pairs rather than groups. The designers all weigh in on how they’re feeling about their designs so far, and Dick once again wins the award for most cocksure when he tells us that his design is “Rock goddess. And it’s everything.” Kate is excited to be paired with Tu, because his edginess can balance out her girlyness. Tu says he’s designing something Lady Gaga would wear if she were a country star. This better be good Tu, because I, for one, do not wish to return to 2009.
Tim Time! Amanda is making a fitted motorcycle vest with a flouncy skirt, while Daniel is designing a detailed leather bodice dress with a slitted, fringed skirt. Sounds like there’s a little too much going on, and thinking back… this could be a disastrous partnership, because they’re both good designers whose biggest weakness is editing. Anyway, Tim is worried, especially because the fringe on the skirt was supposed to be on the center seam, and that just sounds awful. Layana is making a navy dress: chiffon skirt, ruched top with a keyhole back. Patricia is creating a dress inspired by bullet holsters, which is genius, but I’m a little uncertain about her fabric choice.
Patricia’s design. Do sofas typically have bullet holsters?