Here comes Joanna for some quality mentorship. She mentions that the '20s are having a real resurgence thanks to Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey. She begins by talking to Josh. She feels that the color palette is totally him, but the draping concerns her. She finds it "too marsupial" and thinks that it will make the model look bigger. Then she asks him if he is the only designer in the room who hasn't won a challenge. He says that neither he nor Ivy have won. She implores him to channel his inner Joshua to pull this out. Is there anyone else in there? Maybe an inner Anya? Try that.
She moves to Emilio who tells her that he wants to return to form in a way. He wants to give the judges something that they know from him. He is looking for a "wow" moment. She wonders if his print is young enough. She suggests that it could be at home on his grandmother's sofa and, I can't really tell but I think, he's genuinely shocked by the realization. I don't think he had considered the youthfulness of the print. He says that he believes his execution will make the print seem nostalgic without seeming old. Then, with Josh listening, she asks Emilio if he thinks that Josh's dress would be at home at a garden party. He says that he does, though his own lady would own the estate, while Josh's would just be a guest. Josh replies that Emilio's lady may own the estate, but she's just an appetizer for her husband. Josh's girl is the main course. Well done. That's twisted but I like it. Joanna tells Josh that that's a great character for him to design for. I love it. What if Josh just started designing for mistresses. Like, Mona from Moonstruck or Amber Valetta on Revenge are his ideal clients.
Laura Kathleen is the next victim. She tells Joanna that she likes the textures from the '20s. So, she is doing a modern pants and vest combo, the vest being fur. Joanna seems to really like it and feels that Laura Kathleen captured the newly liberated moment that women were having back then. She looks over at Uli's dress and says that it makes her want to break out into her Charleston moment, which she does. She does a version of the Charleston. I'm shocked that there aren't bigger laughs. Everyone just kind of grins. Laura Kathleen laughs. She tells Uli that she's worried for her because her work looks reminiscent of other things she has presented. Uli explains that she wanted to stay away from trimmings, but it's the '20s and she can just hear the judges telling her that this was finally the moment when she could intuitively and appropriately break out the feathers and trim. Joanna seems sold on this line of logic. She tells the ladies that she thinks the judges will have a very hard time judging between them because both of them are doing exquisite work. She also calls it the "face-off of the blondes." That's what I call every day of my life. I'm not blonde.