When we're back, Heidi explains that a week before the semifinalists' arrival in New York, they were sent six yards of fabric and $20 for supplies. With those resources, they were asked to create a design that expresses who they "are" as a designer. We see poor Tim Gunn packing up all of the boxes in the Project Runway workshop. Doesn't the guy have enough to do? The conceit is that the people we see on this episode are not actually contestants yet. They must survive this challenge to be included in Season 2. Another way of looking at it would be -- they have an extra four contestants.
The arrivals of the "semifinalists" begin. First, we meet Guadalupe Vidal, who is a twenty-nine-year-old freelance fashion designer. She mentions that her hair looks like Bruce Lee, and she's right. She interviews that some of her family were "boat people" from Vietnam and work was "hard to find" so there were sewing machines and lots of fabric in her garage, where she would sew.
Here's Kirsten Ehrig. She's a thirty-seven-year-old lawyer and swimsuit designer. "I always say that my swimsuits are designed for a three o'clock lunch at Club Cinte-Cinq in, uh, Saint Tropez." Well, this is synergy, because my bibs are made for catching the vomit induced by people talking about how their swimsuits should be worn for late lunches at stupid clubs at over-priced beach locales that haven't been cool since Hugh Hefner could get it up without chemical assistance and voodoo. Her suits are dumb too. I hope the mannequins get to her before Santino gets to the mannequins. They look pissed.
Here's chrome-domed Andrae Gonzalo, who is a thirty-three-year-old fashion designer. For three years, he had a small boutique in downtown L.A. I guess that's what separates a "fashion designer" from a "freelance fashion designer." We see a couple of sketches of his work and they are really nondescript and small. It looks like he specializes in intricate bodices. Not too young, not too old. He explains that his shop just closed and he is sad about it. It's "smoke gets in your eyes time," he announces while widening his eyes. That's probably why the smoke is in your eyes, guy. Try shielding them. He is excited to be on Project Runway, where he feels he will be competing with "some of the greatest design minds of [his] time period." That is a really nice thing to say about your competition. I don't know how you could possibly know how great their design minds are when you haven't met your competition, but I admire the sentiment.