After the drama, Shannon is sent home. Hope you get overtime for the walk-off. So long!
Heidi sends everyone to Michael Kors' office. Michael greets everyone and takes them into a boardroom, where he begins to talk about inspiration. He says that some people are abstract in their inspiration, while others are more specific. He says that his inspiration is Doris Duke. He invokes, for the first time in humanity perhaps, the phrase "Hawaiiana in the '40s." Then he shows fabrics and patterns that were a product of his inspiration. He says it's "all about how to take that first picture, that idea of Doris Duke, and how do you turn it into a whole collection?" He then gives them all their own Olympus digital cameras. As he hands them out, he demonstrates that he knows all of their names, which, frankly, surprises me. Michael tells them that they will have an hour to walk around New York taking pictures. From their pictures, they will have to choose one as inspiration for their next challenge. They will then create a garment based on the inspirational photo. So, basically, we're going to see seven garments based on inspiration that can be found within an hour's-walking-distance radius of Michael Kors' office? Seems a little forced, but I get it. All of the designers seem excited. Michael dismisses them.
Photo-taking montage begins. Nick says that he is glad that he is not with Santino, because he knows "he is going ca-ray-zee." When then see Santino running around taking pictures. He tells one guy that his red turban is a "great color." He interviews that this is "a cool way to begin a design challenge." He seems fairly inspired.
There's a shot of Daniel lying on the ground, under some sort of archway, taking a picture of the archway. Chloe takes some pictures of bubbles. She interviews that she didn't "want to mess with people," so she mostly took pictures of buildings. She likes "lines and stuff." Kara says that she took pictures of "Danger" and "Post No Bills" signs because it reminded her of the "restrictions of this crazy place." Speaking of forced, I'm interested to see how she is inspired to create a garment based on a "Post No Bills" sign. Zulema takes a picture of a lady wearing traditional African clothing. I take it that this would be an instance of "specific" inspiration. Basing a garment on a garment seems fairly specific to me.