Isaac enters for consults and starts with Calvin. Calvin explains that he wants to make a collection inspired by the journey that he has gone on in this competition from angry to gentle. Isaac recommends simple with one interest on each look.
Dominique tells Isaac that she is using wool and purple. She is inspired by the silence versus chaos. He thinks her work is distinct and, even by just looking at her, knows the girl for whom she designs.
Isaac likes Jeffrey's mood board. He thinks that the use of red needs to be bold and modern. He thinks that a story needs to be told, something with a simple arc. He believes in Jeffrey and knows he can do it.
Isaac is gone and they're all working. Dominique feels the pressure. Calvin has never wanted to win so badly. Jeffrey feels like a whole bunch of angels are rooting for him and frankly it seems unfair that he's getting so much attention from the angel sector seeing as how RuPaul's Drag Race has returned to the air. Those girls need some support. Dominique is standing on a skateboard as she works? Of course she is. She wants to make a line inspired by her journey. Essentially, she wants to dress herself.
The next day, Dominique remarks again that it's quiet now. Jeffrey thinks it's freaky but Calvin likes it. He tells us that he only works with white and black because he's a water sign. He won't use red, because that's a fire sign and he's superstitious. Dominique and Jeffrey both note that he's a very fast executor, but Jeffrey doesn't think he edits well.
It's Day 3 and Jeffrey is still thinking of his mom. They show us some old snapshots and she was gorgeous. He says that she pushed him to do what he loves. She died when he was 20 of breast cancer and he remembers his sister calling him at some point to tell him to come to the hospital. He felt that her spirit wasn't on earth any longer and he remembers tearfully that his last image of her was on her hospital bed, lifeless. He learned a lot about strength from her. Also, she would buy him a sewing machine or fabric for Christmas, so she really showed her support for his dreams.
Dominique is dyeing a crazy print. She thinks it translates as chaos. She has confidence like panties -- you're wearing it and it feels great, but maybe (hopefully?) others don't see it. Dyeing is her homage to Cesar. Calvin thinks Cesar got the boot for dyeing and therefore doesn't consider it an intelligent move.
Jeffrey is having problems with proportion. Calvin keeps giving suggestions, like how he doesn't like the idea of Jeffrey making more leggings. Jeffrey is annoyed, but I really don't think Calvin is trying to get under his skin. Or maybe he is. Calvin is done with all of his looks! They're all gray, black and white. He says he'll make something new, just for shits and giggles. A red dress that he will dedicate to his lover. It's a superstition to not use red, but he's going to stretch. He reminds us that he will donate any winnings to the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
Day 5! Iman walks in. She says the judges really want to see range from the designers, so they're going to force it. She has envelopes that are suggestions from judges for a 10th look that the designers have to make. Calvin's is a pantsuit. Jeffrey's is a strapless dress. Dominique has to make business attire. She really got the hardest one, didn't she? To help them, old designers are coming back to assist. Cal gets Tamara. He's happy and says that she makes him laugh. Cindy comes for Jeffrey and he almost cries. And, oh Jesus, DAVID!!!!!! Her heart stops and my heart stops and she runs to him and they hug. His pants are pegged. Yes to that.
Cindy thinks that Jeffrey's collection is strong -- at least the drawings. Tamara loves Calvin's work. David is not surprised that Dominique has gotten this far and thinks that her collection speaks a lot to her experiences.
Day 6: Cindy is worried about Jeffrey finishing.
Day 7: Makeup and hair consultations. Jeanie Syfu is so freaking beautiful. Calvin is going with an androgynous hair look. Dominique's fitting goes well. David thinks it's dynamic and loves the dyeing. Calvin thinks it looks the same as everything else she has done, just like his criticisms. Seriously, that's what he always says. Maybe that's his pet peeve, I don't know. Am I turning into a Calvin apologist? Must be some sort of Stockholm Syndrome. Tamara thinks that, at this point, Calvin's pretty collection could win the competition. Jeffrey has problems with his fitting. Nothing fits right.