In Houston, with five weeks until fashion week, Tim arrives at Chloe's house, this time driving a kicky blue Saturn. She answers the door with much excitement and gives Tim a big hug. Her mother is behind her and very demurely (and very camera-consciously) shakes Tim's hand. She's really cute. Chloe interviews that she is very excited to see Tim because "he's such an amazing person." She gives Tim a tour of the house. First, she shows him a painting of Chloe and her seven sisters. Cute thought, but the painting is seriously nightmare material. All of these floating heads. My mother had a picture of me and my brother reproduced in charcoal when I was like four, and she finally had to put it away because it really freaked my shit out. It was just weird. I'm feeling a similar thing with the floating Dao sisters' heads. Tim is stunned that Chloe has seven sisters. Chloe explains that because there are eight of them, her store in Houston is named Lot 8. There's another, less frightening picture of the Dao sisters that was taken when all of them were in their thirties. Tim comments on their beauty.
Now, Chloe shows Tim a picture of a young girl (maybe four years old) and says that was her when she was in the refugee camp. Before I continue, both Daniel and Santino are lucky the sad story contest doesn't exist. Failed fashion lines and awkward childhoods do not hold a candle to refugee camp. That's hardcore. Apparently, their family tried to escape from Laos in the seventies, but were caught and kept in a prison for families for four years. Finally, they got out and joined Chloe's uncle in Dallas, Texas. There's a picture of all of the girls playing. Chloe interviews (with just a hint of tears) that their family has been very lucky.
Chloe then takes Tim to her workroom. She tells him that she doesn't have a concept for her collection. She prefers to think about the client and what they need as opposed to any particular concept. Things seem kind of incomplete. Tim seems a bit flummoxed. He asks to see her sketches, and she tells him that she doesn't make sketches. Now, Tim's worried. How is the collection happening, he wonders. Organically. She shows him the fabrics she's using, which confuses him even further. "What's in your head?" he implores her. She doesn't know. This seems odd. Chloe always seemed a little ahead of the game during the challenges. I wouldn't expect her to be weirdly unprepared. Chloe says in an interview that she doesn't blame Tim for being concerned about her collection. Tim has his picture taken with the Dao ladies, and then he's off. Chloe acknowledges in an interview that she has a lot of work to do.