Emilio explains that he wanted to make a color-blocked dress that was simple in the back. Joanna thinks that, while interesting, the color combination is hard for a lot of women to pull off. Elie agrees and says that simpler combinations of colors are better. Emilio takes from that that maybe he should make the whole dress like the back of his dress.
Joanna does an Uma/Oprah thing with Elie and Uli and it gets all of the laughs that you can imagine it would. Both Elie and Joanna are worried about how heavy the fabric appears at the waist of her current look. I think maybe she just needs to tailor it because the fabric is too thick for the sort of draping that she does. She explains that her fear is that her look is too simple. Elie points out that she started going wrong when she listened to her fear.
Anthony Ryan explains his look as something that anyone could wear. Joanna says that the print is doing a lot of work for him. Anthony Ryan adds that he wants to create pockets for the dress. Joanna wonders if that makes it more expensive to produce. Elie says that it is marginally more expensive to produce with pockets but the value add created is much more important. Elie thinks that Anthony Ryan biggest challenge will be to manipulate the print to make the most flattering silhouette. Then, Elie offers the chestnut that when things are easy, we get lazy. When things are challenging, we appreciate them more. That sounds simple, but he relays it in a gentle way, which suggests that he has a lot of experience with challenges. Joanna, get this, hugs him and attests to be moved, maybe for the very first time. Not wanting to feel alone, she points out that Anthony Ryan is touched too. THEY'RE ALL TOUCHED. It's not just you, Joanna. Don't worry, you're not having a feeling that can't be matched up to other feelings. You're normal. It's fine. Anthony Ryan says that Elie Tahari is a force in fashion and seeing him be small and humble was really cool to him.
Later, in the sewing room, Ivy asks Uli how her consultation went. Her take-away was that Elie preferred a simpler look. Uli decided to remove a piece of draping that was in the front of her dress and already prefers the results. Emilio wisely decides to take whatever advice Elie has to offer. He's removing part of his color-blocking and sticking with what Elie likes.
With three hours remaining in the work day, Anthony Ryan gets a chance to video chat with his boyfriend, Matthew Day. Matthew Day is legit adorable. And, he has perfectly reasonable hair. Anyway, Anthony Ryan is psyched to talk to him and tell him how things have been going. He says that it's more fun this time around, while also more difficult since it's All-Stars and all of that. Anthony Ryan asks him if he was as excited to talk to him as vice versa (you can't trust anything squeezed that inorganically out of people but that's just me) and Matthew Day says that it was Beer Thursday at his work and he skipped it to talk to Anthony Ryan. Well, never mind. There's nothing you can trust more than the reasons someone skipped Beer Thursday and I'm not even kidding not even a little bit. They trade "love you's" and that's that.