On the way to the park, we get to know Simone a little. She tells us that she has "an honest vision that comes from the heart." Hard as I try, I can't really figure out what that means. What are honest clothes from someone's heart? The snapshots from her portfolio don't seem that dynamic -- interchangeable shrugs and skirts and tops. The photos seem to be inspired by Mexico.
There's a table with champagne waiting for all of them when they arrive at Bryant Park. They all drink as Kit toasts, "Here's to the adventure."
Marion Lee tells us that he has a flower shop in Dallas. He designs clothes out of his flower shop. The shots from his portfolio are pretty dramatic. Very feminine, yet architectural dresses. One of the dresses looks like it might be knit, which would make it look even more amazing to me…but I can't really tell. He hopes that Project Runway will help him get "back" into fashion, but they didn't really explain how he was in fashion and left in the first place. During his interview, it looks as if Marion is about to burst into tears. Maybe the mannequins were bullying him. "We love your hat and puffy shirt!" Don't listen to them, Marion. They weren't brought up right.
Jack Mackenroth tells another designer that the Project Runway experience has been a rollercoaster of emotions. He interviews that he has spent most of his career working for other designers. He's looking forward to being able to work towards his own vision. The snapshots from his portfolio are professional and feminine, but not terribly remarkable.
Now we meet Victorya Hong, 34 and (surprise!) a "freelance designer," who tells us that she is competitive and an over-achiever. This could be good. Her designs seem flirty and sporty. They're short dresses that sort of toe that retro/modern line -- a little like Marc Jacobs.
Kit tells everyone that it's her birthday. She interviews that "Kit Pistol" is an alias, like Mark Twain. Or Puff Daddy. Her goal is to have her own fashion line. The snapshots from her portfolio are of very striking pieces, but I'm not sure I can find a thread through them. I guess they all seem a little punk rock. Kit tells us, with a droll, pretentious delivery, that life is too short to wear a bad outfit. She should work for the Peace Corps.