Flash forward to six weeks before Fashion Week. I guess they're all like three and a half months into their work on their collections. Tim arrives at Christian's place first. He is in New York. His apartment has a red door, which I think is pretty cool. Christian interviews that he is very excited for Tim to visit his place and see his stuff. He says he "hopes" he likes it, but then he remembers that he's Christian and adds, "Of course he will. It's fabulous." So, Christian works AND sleeps in the tiniest room. It's really tiny. Not to brag, but my first room was smaller. But his is very small. Mine was like half that size, but, no, his room is very small. He shows Tim that he keeps his bed somewhere(?). I don't know, but he picks his bed/cot up each day and stores it somewhere near the door. He adds that he keeps his bed linens in the closet and, I'm not sure why, but it seems like he just made that part up. Like, he sleeps on the bare mat each night with just his fabric scraps to keep him warm, but noticed the revulsion in Tim's eyes and added the linens part. Christian interviews that he thinks his room was originally a closet. Can you imagine Christian living in a closet? It boggles. He says that he has to be very organized while sewing in such a small space, or he would go crazy.
He shows pictures of his family to Tim. They are all posted on a wall. There's a shot of him and his sister praying. Not really, they're posing. Very serious and fashion. There's a picture of his mom and his mom's boyfriend. Then, we see pictures of Christian when he was a baby and a little boy. Very cute. He was blond when he was a baby. He says that he grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. There's this really weird shot of a pre-teen (or now) Christian holding a hip-hop stance? Or a Tin Man stance. Something unnatural for him. He says he started working in a trendy hair salon when he was about 13. There's a picture of him working on the funky haircut of a guy who was wearing super short shorts. They didn't judge him in the hair world, and his time there jumpstarted his fashion career. He went to design school in London for three years and he says that was the best decision of his life.
He starts to show Tim his collection and says that he's shooting for a gothic romantic look. He says that every piece is a strong look, which is his "thing." He shows Tim a jacket that has a neckpiece, and Tim seems a little disapproving. He tells Christian to think about when something takes away from a look. Christian shows Tim some really elaborate feather pants and Tim just sort of stares at them in silence. Finally, Christian says, "Aren't these amazing? What's wrong with you?" Tim says the pants look "a little costume-y." Christian doesn't disagree. He adds that he thinks the pants are fabulous and would hate to tell Christian to consider taking them out of his collection, but...it's a lot of look. What's the point then? If they're good, leave them. Why can't we all go back to wearing costumes? Those were simpler times. Except for the clothes. Christian interviews that he is going to take it in and think about everything that Tim said, but he doesn't know how much he will change. Tim reiterates to Christian that he needs to look at his work with an editing eye. Christian interviews that he has never wanted anything as much as he wants to win this challenge. As he is leaving, Tim tells Christian to "work hard, think harder."