Anna says to Johnny that Lidia's dress is pretty, but he compares it to a bridesmaid's dress. He says it's the sort of thing that you would throw away and burn. One or the other. Isaac greets the designers. Their models are downstairs. Lidia's having problems with her design. Isaac peeks in on Reco and wakes him up, then says that he "didn't mean to wake him up but yes he did. That was weird. The show is in 30 minutes.
The designers hang their outfits up backstage, and Haven gets a good look at everyone's work. She says that this is a telling challenge, because you can see what direction people are going in without influence from their teams. The models start getting fitted. Lidia's still having problems. Daniella's design fits her model like a glove. Lidia can't get her dress zipped and Merlin doesn't think she's going to be able to make it in time. There's Fern in the front row! George Malkemus, the president of Manolo Blahnik USA is sitting next to her. Lauren Goodman, who is a fashion consultant, and Chuck Amos, who is a celebrity hairstylist, are also in the audience. Andrew seems to be having an easy time with his fitting. He interviews that he's excited to show the judges what he can do on his own. Daniella interviews that she's not excited by Reco's work. It's three seasons ago.
There's designer Jeffrey Banks in the audience. Angel says that she's always worried that she's not going to finish, but she is able to access her inner superwoman. The show is beginning.
Keith's look is first. It's a one-shouldered cocktail dress with petals on the skirt. It's a pretty literal translation of the shoe. Andrew's is next. It's a champagne bodice with petal sleeves and long black skirt that is short in the front. He's happy with it. Isaac points out to George that Andrew's girl was wearing Manolos. Here's Haven's girl. She's wearing fringed Christian Louboutin shoes, and her design has a ruffle at the collar that mimics the shoe. The ruffle is red, while the rest of the dress is gray and black. Very cute. She's psyched. Here's Merlin's design, coupled with cork wedge Giuseppe Zanotti sandles. The dress is pretty much a translation of the shoe, but it's very dramatic and pretty. Isaac says the same thing about the translation. Merlin says that he likes the dress, but thinks the color may be a bit loud. And we know how muted and prim Merly Sue is. Johnny's dress is a high-waisted cocktail dress in black and brown, with a purple ruffle on a diagonal across the bust. Anna made pants and a shirt with a pleated short-sleeved blouse. She acknowledges that the top is too short, but she didn't have time to fix it. James-Paul's dress is draped all over the place and he seriously has the best model there. Everything always hangs on her like a dream. Lidia's dress is a disaster. It's a tight, white strapless with black mesh covering it, so it manages to make the poor model look both fat and dirty. Kelly looks afraid.