Tim gives them forty-five minutes to caucus (Love it! Get political, Tim!), then they will spend a half hour at the flower store and a half hour at the hardware store. Each team has a budget of $2500! The designers are very excited about this part. I like it when the show invests in the possibilities of the challenge. Let's give these guys a chance to do something awesome! They also have two days for the challenge.
The teams start caucusing. Stanley proposes that colors from nature would be a good idea. Well, since all flowers come from nature, this seems rather intuitive. God help the designer who decides to spray paint a punch of flowers. I can hear the disgust in the judges' voices now. Samantha says that, since Stanley and Layana have been on the winning team, she's happy to try to come to their level. At least, I think that is what she's trying to say. Yeah, that's what she's trying to say. Stanley proposes that their theme be Christian Dior from the early 1950's. They agree to do that. He says that "very vintage and pretty" is how they achieve that. Then, we see a sketch of a gown with wide straps and long skirt that flares. I guess the skirt is New Look, but the waist is not cinched enough. The thing is, early 1950's Christian Dior is very specific. It's called the New Look. Shoulder pads. Cinched waists. Dramatically flared skirts. This was like the main focus of my History of Costume class in college, so I'm just trying to add some value here.
On Team Keeping It Real, they have to decide what two designers are teaming up. Kate says that she wants to work alone. Amanda has decided to make a high-necked, fitted dress. She interviews that she is feeling like she needs to pick up the slack for team. Michelle and Richard decide to work together. They both wanted to make a high architectural collar, so they decide to work together. Richard says that they should really think outside of the box for this challenge. They should imagine that their client is someone like Bjork. Then, he says that he was thinking of their client being a cross between RuPaul and Gilligan's Island. Michelle looks like she just smelled a dead elephant. She interviews that the ideas spewing from his mouth are crazy. Actually, they make perfect sense and, in fact, move the challenge into the real world. Those people would actually wear garments from a hardware store and a flower shop. Gilligan's Island is a great source of inspiration too, because it's like glamour in paradise. You've got beautiful flowers and you've got tools, but you don't have access to the urbanity that you are used to. So, what do you do? Michelle is a killjoy. She interviews that she feels that, if her team is in the bottom and her dress is in the bottom three, she will be the one to go home. I guess I understand her fear. If they lose, she will be the only person who has been on a losing team for every single challenge.