Isaac says that they will not be using models this week. James-Paul continues. The women here are all "very normal," and he "shuns" normal in his life. Where does one even begin? When you talk like that, it makes me start picking out his flaws. The challenge is to create a look for a real woman that will disguise her problem areas while enhancing her assets. Reco's not worried. His aunt is a size 16 and his sister is a size 12, and he designs for them all of the time. OK, if Reco cools it with the workroom shit-talking, I think he may have just officially won me forever. I don't know why I care so much about normal people all of a sudden.
Isaac starts matching up the designers with real women. It seems arbitrary. Angel interviews that a model is supposed to be a walking hanger, but she's intrigued by finding solutions to problems. Kashelle, the girl who keeps getting filmed like she's the Empire State Building, is assigned to Haven. Gina, a tall, athletic girl, is assigned to James-Paul. He interviews that she's "the epiphany of American ready-to-wear," which is everything he is against. Well, you're on an American TV show hosted by a famous American designer who has recently made a huge splash with ready-to-wear. It isn't such a huge leap to imagine that you might be doing something similar at a certain point. He likens this challenge to forcing Jesus to work with Satan. I did not just make that shit up. Keith is thrilled, because his girl looks exactly like his usual clients. [Yup, Keith's got this one. In. The. Bag. - Z]
Kelly tells them that they only have an hour to prep, and they're off! They'll have a $200 budget. At B&J Fabrics, the designers consult with their clients. Merlin's girl tells him that she went from a 32 B to a 34 DD. In boob size. A baby perhaps? A Christmas gift? We don't know. He asks her if she's comfortable with her hips. The hips have gotten larger. Meanwhile, this girl is pretty cute. Merlin, however, feels that he will have to bring out the true magic, which you know he's just been waiting to say. [You know, because Merlin is a Honduran leprechaun. - Z]