Tim announces that the winning design will be produced by INC and sold at Macy's' "largest stores." He declares it "very very thrilling." Each team will have $100 for supplies. He gives the teams fifteen minutes "to caucus" before they go to Mood. I know it has been mentioned before by posters, but don't you just love a man who can sling around the word "caucus" that gracefully?
As Robert is explaining his design, Vincent is shaking his head. Now, there's always the possibility that he was reacting to some sort of internal dialogue, but it looks like he doesn't like Robert's design. He confirms this in his interview. It's kind of annoying, because after he's finished explaining, Robert asks, "Gimmicky? Love it? Hate it?" But it doesn't look like Vincent has anything to say. No, he's waiting for the interview say how he feels about Robert's design. Productive. Vincent interviews that he doesn't like Robert's design at all, but since Robert's the team leader, he's just going "along for the ride." Again, commendable attitude for the grown-up.
Angela is describing her inspiration to Laura and Michael, and Laura interrupts to tell her that Angela needs to figure out what colors she wants to use -- and fast. Angela interviews that she knows that most of the designers think she's coming out of "left field." If we're using the baseball metaphor, I'd say that the designers think Angela is a hot dog vendor. But, moving on... I have to say, Angela appears receptive to input from Laura, which is more than I can say for a lot of the designers with their teammates.
Keith tells Alison and Jeffrey that he wants to give everyone tasks based on their strengths. Then he assigns Jeffrey the job of making the pants for their design. Alison points out that, since Keith is a menswear designer, he has much more experience making pants. Keith assigns Alison a really complicated turtleneck because it's jersey knit and she has more experience with jersey. Jeffrey interviews that he and Alison were given the most ambitious pieces of the outfit.
At Mood, everybody is doing the usual fabric scramble. Bonnie mentions that it was difficult to find stuff within their budget. Michael picks out a fabric with peaks printed on it that makes Angela think of the Empire State Building. She giggles and says, "Can I totally hug you?" Then, she hugs him. I expected both Laura and Michael to look a little freaked, but they took it in stride. I don't know whether to be disappointed, or ashamed of my own hateful nature. "Disappointed" is easier, so I'm going there. Laura interviews that they were happy with Angela's choices. "It was more appropriate for this particular challenge than the full-tilt boogie Angela quilted extravaganza of puff." You see, without my own hateful nature, I might not have enjoyed that as much as I did. And I LOVED IT. That was fucking funny. The mannequins are like, "We're in stitches!"