The show begins right after the last runway show. They are reorganizing the teams. This time though they will be working as individuals, which makes everyone happy. Maybe this will be the challenge where no one helps Layana. Except, Heidi explains that they will be getting outside helpers. They won't hear about who their helpers are until the next day.
The next day, they go to the Hearst Building. Nina and Tim meet the designers there. Nina tells them that they will be creating an editorial look for a celebrity to wear in Marie Claire. Jordana Brewster will wear the winning look. I honestly was asking someone the other day if she was still alive. So this is a great challenge. Super relevant. It's not red carpet that Nina wants to see. It has to be bold and editorial and NO pants and t-shirts.
Everyone seems really inspired. Michelle talks a lot of shit about the guys, because she's so super cool and she just is and that's all there is too it. Woe, to be as full of clueless confidence. Portland, you are lucky to have such a brave little troll.
At the workroom, Tim introduces the assistants. They are the eliminated designers. No one seems to want to want to work with Richard. Stanley picks Tu, which surprises Tu. Michelle chooses Amanda. Daniel chooses Samantha. Layana chooses Kate, which leaves Richard with Patricia. She is not happy. Poor Richard. How about adding insult to injury?
Everyone gets to work and it seems like Patricia is the only one who is unhappy with their team, which is sad. Patricia feels like she needs to change her look to fit with Richard's lack of expertise. Kate points out that Stanley is being really rude to Tu, a man who has already been eliminated yet is still working hard to make him win. Layana is wearing another hat. She looks like Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond.
Richard can't really help Patricia at all. He doesn't really know how to sew. The models come in for their fittings and things go fairly well. Stanley slams Michelle for always making looks that are green, which I had never really considered. Meanwhile, everyone slams Stanley for being such an ungracious slave driver to Tu. At the last minute, Daniel sends Samantha to help Patricia.
Jordana Brewster is the guest judge. She is very pretty. On the runway, Michelle's look is just OK. Daniel's is very structured and him and Layana totally makes a face at it when it comes on the runway. Whatever. I'm done. Patricia's is nice but she feels like she made a huge compromise with the construction. Layana is very happy with hers but I think it looks pretty bad.
Patricia gets a lot of grief from the judges. They are mixed on Daniel's look. Stanley gets praise. They also like Layana's look a lot. They don't think that Michelle's look is special enough for an editorial, especially since it is pants and a t-shirt… which Nina was specifically against. Stanley wins. Layana is in. Daniel is in. That means that Michelle and Patricia are in the bottom. Patricia is...in! Michelle gets a "do or die" moment. They send her home but she gets another shot. We don't hear about what her shot entails, but YAY!
Previously: This season continued to rot in hell. Patricia and Richard had a really hard time working together. Neither their aesthetics nor their communication styles matched. The challenge was to create a textile and ready-to-wear and high art looks. Stanley won the challenge and Richard was sent home.
Tim meets the designers in the green room after the challenge. He tells them that he and Heidi want to see the designers back at the runway in 15 minutes. Layana, who seems to have dried her tears after her absolutely ridiculous display in the last episode, congratulates Michelle and Stanley in her baby voice as they make their way back to the runway. Are we going to ignore what happened? I've also been thinking about the look that Patricia was giving to Daniel as Layana was crying and being cradled by Michelle. It was kind of hard to read but it meant something. Was she agreeing with Layana or looking at Daniel like "I can't believe we have to put up with this bullshit." I really hope it was the latter. I'm just saying, it haunts me. Layana interviews that it feels amazing to be in the top 5.
Heidi and Tim make their way onto the stage. Tim confirms what we already gathered, they are rejiggering the groups again. Heidi says that they feel like it's time to let the peeps design on their own. Michelle says that she has always designed whatever she wanted anyway. She knows it may sound stubborn but it works for her. Ugh. There's just something so pedestrian about her that is magnified exponentially every time she talks like she's some sort of genius. Stanley is excited that there is a challenge where he gets to be totally himself. Heidi reminds them that this season is about working in teams. She says that they will have helpers who will work under them. That means, says Tim, that they will need to utilize all of the communication skills they have "learned" this season. Oh Tim, you glass half-fuller. These people have learned nothing.
Heidi says that they will meet their helpers in the morning, after they go on a little field trip with Tim to find out more about the challenge. Cut to the next morning, the designers are at the Hearst Building. If I'm correct, I think an urban planner friend of mine told me that the Hearst Building is the first certified green skyscraper in New York. Anyway, Michelle thinks it's very beautiful. Patricia says that she is just breathing it in and trying to soak up the creative thought that went into making such a place.