At the Project Runway Workshop, Tim Gunn explains that this challenge will give them a "taste" of what the Fashion Week collection challenge will be. He explains that their "design brief" is to design for the year 2055. Kara Saun seems thrilled. Kevin applauds and says what I believe is an abbreviation of the word "awesome": "Oh, that's awes [soft s]." I don't know how I feel about that. Tim says they need to think about 2055 issues, such as, "Is it The Jetsons or is it Blade Runner? Pretty provocative." My guess is that Austin will be dressing the same way he does now. They will be shopping for supplies at a vintage store, with $50. Kevin epiphanizes, "Vintage is dated. It's the opposite of future." He is immediately whisked away by the President's brain trust in order that they may feed off of such chestnuts and thus preserve civilization as we know it. (Not really.) Robert asks if they are allowed to deconstruct the clothes they get, and Tim Gunn says, "We're expecting you to." Or, "Duh." What happened to these guys? Those were both such inane responses. Tim reminds them that they are supposed to design clothes that will fit into the leader's concept. He reaches into the "lovely, notorious black velvet bag" and pulls out Kevin's button.
Kevin interviews that he felt like everyone was disappointed when they heard his name. That makes me feel a little bit bad for him. Austin interviews that everyone was a little nervous because of the earlier challenge, when Kevin led and Nora lost her mind. While Kevin is entirely too soft-spoken and passive, I think a great deal of the blame for his earlier team's failure falls on Nora's shoulders. It seemed like she was refusing to be led. Wendy, of course, is on a different show entirely and is glad that, as a leader, Kevin will be most vulnerable. Jay leads a "go team," "all hands in" thing.
After Tim's exit, the designers brainstorm. Everyone has to contemplate the future, which is interesting. Ever the optimist, Kara Saun does not believe that 2055 will be the end of the world. Peach and tan are their colors. Wendy thinks that people will be wearing a protective gear, which leads to an idea about a "pod" that each model might wear over her outift. They come up with a lot of pretty interesting ideas. Jay talks about the "bullet points" of their concept.