Joanna and Nanette show up for a consultation. Michael's like, "Hi, Joanna. Hi, Nanette." I don't know if I can relay the tone, but it was a lot like, "What? What do you want?" The other designers don't even speak. These peeps are tired. Joanna reminds them how important this challenge is, because I'm sure they've all forgotten. She says that this is also the challenge where art and commerce meet. "Kenley, I'm talking to you." You see, Kenley is still sewing through her speech. I don't know if you have watched the show that happens after the show, but it's clear to me that Joanna has a red hot hatred for Kenley. Like, she fucking HATES her. The thing with Mondo and the sketching and all that? She nails her for it and says that she was talking behind Mondo's back and Joanna wasn't even there! Sure, I guess she could have watched some other raw footage, but why didn't they just show that to us? And, like Joanna spends her time sitting in some editing bay getting dirt on Kenley. She just fucking hates her. She continues and says that, in order to be successful, they need to be able to produce ready-to-wear clothes for a customer base.
Nanette and Joanna talk to Kenley. Her dress doesn't match what she showed before. Earlier it was more fitted, which Nanette says is easier to sell. Joanna points out that good fit is one of the elements of feeling gorgeous and feeling that way can of course make or break a sale. Kenley says that she wants the dress to be loose and it's beautiful the way it is. Shows me for sticking up for her. Just make the fucking dress tighter you dumb bitch. She insists that the finished product will be flattering and Nanette's just like, yeah, we'll see how that goes for you. She interviews that the dress will be about the print, because that's the way she designs. Kenley, Kenley, Kenley. I tried.
Michael's dress is pretty close to the sketch that he showed. It plunges deep in the front and back and Nanette says that they would have to have a hook and eye closure in the front, to give women an option of not J Lo-ing it. Then, Joanna brings up her main talking point of the season, women like to wear their bras. Michael says that you could have another closure on the back and I have to say that this is one of the best examples of his habit of designing in the reductive. He gets better when people push him in a corner. I'm pretty sure he thought of that just then and that was a nifty little piece of problem-solving. Austin says that it's hard to wear Michael's clothes unless you're a model.