There's more to the challenge. Tim says that the designers must create a look inspired by a specific musical genre. Jerell thinks it's a cool idea because fashion and music constantly influence each other. Also, I had this film class in college where it was set forth that music and fashion are always the direct indicators of culture. Tim says that this is an opportunity for the designers to explore the relationship of fashion and music in a very personal way.
Kenley gets Pop. That means that Jerell has to create a Pop look for her. She interviews that she's not very excited about it. Rayon gets Punk. Now, this seems perfect. Rayon has seemed pretty harmlessly ridiculous lately, and I don't hate him nearly as much as I thought I would by this point, but what better genre to emphasize what a huge honking poseur Rayon is. Korto interviews that, prior to coming to the show, her biggest fear was menswear. Now that she has to make the look Punk on top of everything else, she says, "Who would want to be me right now? I don't think anybody." Korto gets Country. Yes. Again, this means that Korto will be walking down the runway in a Country-inspired design from Leanne. Even Tim laughs. She murmurs, "This just gets better and better." She seems positively dejected, which is pretty funny. Sorry Korto. Leanne gets Hip-hop, which also inspires a few laughs. Jerell gets Rock & Roll. Jerell interviews that Rayon is likely to make something cool, since Rock & Roll sort of lends itself to Rayon's eye. I think I can see that, too.
Tim says that they all have an hour to meet. Rayon presents Korto with what looks like a sketch of what he would like to wear. He's being very thorough and describing how he wants the top to be sleeveless and frayed and fishnet extending from one arm. Korto says that, if he has any problems with the outfit, he should tell her before Tim arrives. She adds that she wouldn't want to have to snap on him.
Kenley asks Leanne what she would want to wear if she were a Hip-hop artist. Leanne's eyes brim with tears, as she'd been waiting for years for someone to ask her that question. She tells Kenley that she has no problem getting gangster. Yes, she said that. Kenley whines, "Well, I don't want gangster." Instead, Kenley will draw from the great lake of Hip- hop knowledge that she undoubtedly has resting in that pea brain of hers. Leanne decides to do a little rap in her interview. Great, I love these. She says, "Kenley's gonna make an outfit for me/She better not make it look like it's from 1950." Okay, that was actually worth it. Kenley tells Leanne that high-waisted jeans are very popular amongst the Hip-hop types these days. And, she says, they're awesome. Leanne is looking at her like she's totally bat-shit crazy. I think she's trying to compose a lyric for her rap saying that, indeed, Kenley has managed to make her Hip-hop look pull from that same little tiny bag of vintage tricks. Kenley says, "This is gonna be a challenge." I believe she's saying that to try to fool us all into thinking that she is somehow doing something original, but maybe she hasn't made a lot of pants. I just think Kenley's totally unequipped to judge herself. That sort of blind confidence works for an awful lot of people, but as someone watching her in my home on TV, I'm begging the heavens to smite her down.