Later, we are at the runway, and Heidi emerges to welcome everyone. The designers sit on one side; the judges sit on the other. Heidi observes with faux surprise that Austin is not present, and Jay explains that Austin will be in the show, modeling for Jay. This does fairly evidently surprise, crack up, and delight Michael Kors. Heidi doomsays some stuff about how one of them will be eliminated, and then she rehashes the challenge about the balance between fashion and function. She then introduces the judges -- Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Becky Negich, from the postal service. Aw. Becky is cute as a button! And not disgruntled at all! Dig me, all my post-office jokes just got here from 1992!
We start the show with Wendy's outfit. Wendy's got Melissa in a blue blouse with an oddly oversized collar, sporting the little postal-service logo on the chest. Wendy insists that she tried to make the thing "functional," but "tried to insert a little bit of fashion." We now see that Melissa is wearing Wendy's red shoes. I really, really hate those shoes. ["Just for the gym! Ah, forget it." -- Wing Chun] Furthermore, the shorts Wendy has put Melissa in are ugly in the extreme. They sort of look like Wendy thinks they'll appear to flare like a skirt, but they just look wide at the bottom in this completely odd way. Melissa is so skinny that they just hang off her, but it's positively frightening to think about what they would look like on a normal human.
Next out is Austin's work -- not Austin himself, but his design, worn by Martinique. Austin's big accomplishment is this giant cape and rain hat, and when Martinique peels off the cape, we see a pair of light-blue spandex shorts and a sleeveless, button-down top. The pants are tight enough that if Martinique had any body fat, you'd be able to see every ounce of it. Becky looks very skeptical, and I do have to say that the concept of a mail carrier wearing this outfit is almost enough to make me laugh out loud.