The designers are telling the make-up artists what they want for their models. Kara just says, "Danger. No trespassing," like that means a fucking thing. Tim has a problem getting everyone to the runway. "If you stay here, you self-eliminate," he finally says.
On the runway, Heidi greets everyone. The judges today are Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and, holla!, Jay McCarroll. The show begins. First up is Andrae's design. It's a lovely shimmering gray/silver gown. Along the bodice is beading that really does resemble his inspiration photo. Also, it fits the model beautifully. Andrae interviews that he feels he was ambitious. He's happy with his design.
Next is Kara's design. It's a sleeveless black tube dress with that yellow and black striped sash running diagonally along the bodice. Yawn. She says that she really feels like she brought forth her meaningless "Danger. No trespassing" bullshit.
Here's Santino's gown. It's a lot like some of his other designs. High-waisted, with lots of bunching. I see the graffiti influence, though it's hard to get Austin Scarlett's dress out of my mind. Santino thinks that finding the fabric that he used was "a stroke of good luck."
Here's Daniel's idea. It really looks like an orchid in a vase. The top is a lovely organza fabric in a champagne shade. It's bunched at the waist, then blouses over the bust. It cinches again at the neck, and the collar kind of "blooms." The skirt is a green tweed and really beautifully fitted. I like that it's kind of literal both visually and texturally, but also is transformative. It's about making a flower look human, rather than vice versa. Daniel is happy with it.
Here comes Chloe's design. Her inspiration was a building in New York with turquoise and silver panels all along it. My friend Susan used to temp in that building. I'm wondering if Chloe chose that photo as her inspiration just so she could use blue and black shades again. The dress is strapless. Right below the bust are alternating silver and blue ribbons wrapping around her waist. There are vertical pleats above and below the ribbons.
Here comes Rachael in Nick's design. Like Nick says, she "glided" down the runway. Seriously, she does a really lovely job. I'm wondering if the designers need to do a little more to motivate their models, because I kind of feel like walking like we're seeing right now might change the competition. The design itself? Not really loving it. It's a black-and-white two-piece. The top is black-and-white striped and is tight on her waist. It is draped asymmetrically across the bust, with a shimmering pendant at the center of the bust. There's a small train to the top. The skirt is black and fish-tailed. Nick's inspiration was a black-and-white fabric with some sort of cross on it.