Sonjia looks at Christopher's design for his dress and wanly approves. She says that she hasn't gotten anywhere and Elena says that it seems strange to her that all of the women (except Alicia who is working on a drop waist Chanel-inspired look and seems to be happy with it) are having problems with this challenge while the men seem thrilled. Melissa remarks that she was really hoping for a hardware store challenge. Gunnar says of course she wanted that and everyone laughs. Then, Christopher says, "Hi, I'm Melissa and I'm into leather (mimics cocking a shotgun). What's your style? (shoots gun)." Sonjia interviews that the guys make more girly and feminine pieces. Wait, she rolls her eyes while she's saying this too. She says the guys are more feminine than the girls.
Maybe I'm being too sensitive, but I'm not fond of that. First of all, there seems to be some implication that the guys are less serious because their work is feminine. I don't like that. With the exception of Ven, who is probably sexually attracted to rocks, all of the guys are obviously gay or have told us they are. There's just something a little too easy about slamming them for making pretty dresses. Someone sings "Johnny Chiffonie" in the workroom and Fabio giggles. Of course, Ven comes in with his own broad generalization. As we're watching Sonjia sort of non-verbally describe what she wants from her dress, Ven says that men are generally better designers than women, while women tend to be more practical. I do think his was less a pejorative statement than the one that Sonjia made, but it's still pointless to make those sorts of blanket statements.
In the sewing room, Gunnar sees that Christopher is doing his shredding thing again. Christopher says that he feels like it's his signature and Gunnar agrees with that. Alicia interviews that Christopher repeats himself a lot. She thinks he's talented at what he does but she's tired of seeing the same stuff from him.
Tim comes in for a consultation. He starts with Gunnar, who seems so positive about his look. Tim seems to like it too. Gunnar's concern is that the dress might be gaudy, but he tries out some adornments for the dress in Tim's presence and they're all super tacky, so I'm not sure about how this is going. At one point, he puts something on the waist, then he and Tim agree that it looks too "matador." Then, Gunnar wonders aloud why everything he makes goes matador. I mean, we're laughing and everything right now, but find out the answer to that question. Dmitry interviews that Gunnar's construction skills are not very good and most of his dresses look pretty bad. He decides in front of Tim to cover his entire dress with the lace.