The challenge is to create a look that is inspired by American sportswear, with the awesome Jackie O as an inspiration. Simple, huh? Andy says the dumbest thing about Jackie being a fashion risk taker "without knowing it." Um. She knew a lot. Valerie is in the bell jar and needs lots of approval from everyone. She has a really hard time making decisions about anything. Other Michael makes a dress that is pretty cocktail, instead of sportswear. Andy makes these huge ass pants that don't seem really American, but are certainly fashion forward.
So, Cute Michael kind of loses his mind and I'm maybe completely in love now and sending a ring or watch or something to formalize things. He makes this crazy-looking skirt that everybody describes as The Crucible which I don't feel weird about saying made me love it even more.
On runway day, Tim tells the designers that it's actually NOT runway day. Instead, they have to make a piece of outerwear to go with their looks. The twist helps some people and hurts others. Cute Michael offers Mondo a dollar to tap dance in his Kit Kat Club outfit and it's fab.
So, the runway happens. The judges hate Valerie's look, but I thought it looked cool. Nina thinks that she uses too many zippers and pleats. Heidi thinks that the shrug that Christopher made looks like a dirty rug. OK, shoot my face, but I loved Cute Michael's look and Michael Kors found it, seriously, INSULTING. January Jones, our esteemed guest judge and the worst SNL guest host of the last decade, found it sloppy. Mondo gets props for making something wild that Jackie would still wear. Ivy's look is appreciated, though they're not wild about the outerwear. Heidi says she wanted to laugh at Andy's look. She's brutal. January thinks that it's un-American. Nina says it looks like a train wreck.
Valerie points out that the judges seem like they're in a bad mood. Mondo wins the challenge! Heidi Klum can rot in hell. My boy is out.
Previously: The designers had to create resort wear in teams of two, with Michael Kors as a mentor. It was as much a barrel of laughs as you would imagine. Then, it got even better and the designers were required to execute the design of their teammate. Valerie was feeling a lot of self-doubt. Ivy tried to blame Cute Michael for the shortcomings in her design. April won her first challenge while Casanova ultimately got the boot for his old lady resort wear (which, sue me, I thought looked nice).
In one of the boys' apartment, Cute Michael says that it's going to be a lot quieter around there without Casanova. In Other Boy Apartment, Other Michael says that the workroom will be sad without Casanova. Then, he tells Andy that he got "called out by Heidi" on the runway at the previous challenge. He's talking about when she asked him why he was rolling his eyes at Ivy's spiel about why her design sucked so bad, during which she tried to assassinate my boy. We're reminded that he mentioned how difficult it was to work with Ivy. Back in the apartment, with a kind of ridiculous giggle face, he says to Andy that he didn't know what to say. Andy is looking at him like he hates him.
In the girls' apartment, Valerie asks Ivy how she is doing. She says she's fine -- yesterday was yesterday. Valerie reminds Ivy that she was so blasé about yesterday's judging. When they would criticize the colors or design of her garment, she would just be like, "Eh." This makes Ivy laugh. She interviews that there are people that have told her she wasn't talented enough to succeed, but if she had listened to "those idiots" she wouldn't be where she is right now. Hey, I love TV too, but I'm not sure your current situation is necessarily cause for touting your success as a designer. I mean, you've managed to get to the front of a line, but do we even really know what that line is for yet? The jury is out on whether you're in the successful designer line or successful personality line. Other Michael, meanwhile, smells blood and is not done with Ivy. He says that she hasn't demonstrated why she should be on the show and needs to "step it up." Ah, the invocation of the old "step it up." This is serious. He thinks that she needs to play with colors other than green and opaque. "Opaque isn't even a color." Um, that's what we were just thinking Other Michael. He says that, if it were a color, it would be named Ivy. OK, nice save with the grammatical error there.