Althea is up next and my girl must be really worn out, because she does some crazy rambling about "the new clinical tone" in fashion or, the world? I don't know. There's something also about the future. Stay with us, Althea! Don't go towards the light! Kors congratulates her for doing sportswear. "You could dissemble these clothes," he says. "You could buy a piece and add it to your closet and have your own spin on it, which I think is great." Nina found it refreshing, she says to see the green dress Althea threw in, "because everything else was very much monotone." Heidi really liked this one skirt and top that... eh. The skirt looks cool, but I am sad to say that the top read "cheap" to me on TV. Suzy Menkes toodles that "You saw the future, and I saw some fabulous knitwear." However, she says, she wasn't sure how it was futuristic. Althea says she feels like she referenced the future with the chunkiness of the collar, and we see Irina shooting her daggers for daring to "steal" her innovative "idea" of a cardigan. Yes, that same innovation that was also was often employed by Redd Foxx on Sanford & Son. You're so cutting edge, Irina! Nina G. can't help but point out that the last three pieces of Althea's collection were sort of "off." Perhaps she was thrown off by the appearance of Jaslene in the third-to-last dress. Michael Kors, in contrast, loved the tan silk pants Althea did for the 13th look. They would be bought by "a million people," he says. Heidi is blown away that Althea and CH did so well on their 13th look. We never heard what they had to say about Irina's 13th design, but I suppose from the way she rolls her eyes at the compliments to her competitors, it must not have gone over as well.
Finally, they are sent away for the judges to chat. They begin with Carol Hannah, and they are loving her opening dress. It is well-designed and photographable, Kors says. Yes, Carrie Underwood's gays thought so, too! Suz says it has "desire," which is hilarious. "It's not easy to find a garment that has all of those things," Kors says. Suz says also (as Nina flips through her notebook, totally bored), that CH has the best sense of color of the three of them, from what she was wearing herself to the color she used in her designs. Kors says yes, she played with the color, she just didn't play with it "enough!" Nina nods, joining him on that last word. Since CH was the only one of the three of them to use ANY color, this makes me laugh.