At the workroom, they discover that Nina Garcia is the "old friend." On one of the worktables are twelve pictures of what Chris calls "hideous fashion trends." I see dancewear and cutouts. Ew. In other news, Nina has a serious issue with fly-aways. It's not just the lighting at the runway shows.
Nina greets the designers. She tells us that Elle has been charting the evolution of trends for decades, and the trends featured in the workroom are all "out." Jillian interviews that it was a little weird, because one of the dead trends was overalls and she was wearing overalls. Jillian has this high, airy voice and a halting delivery that sounds kind of funny, but it appears that she's sort of humorless. This could be a winning combination for our reality television viewing purposes.
Then Tim says that each designer must choose one of the dead trends. He has the button bag, and the first designer chosen is Jack. He interviews that all these trends are dead "for a reason," so he chooses pleather, which he calls "Britney Spears on crack." First of all, redundant. Second, Jack's in his mid-thirties; why does he insist on talking like he's a twelve-year-old mall rat? To each his own and all, but...it ain't cute anymore. Victorya chooses "underwear as outerwear." Damn, these are good. And the photos on the posters are hideous. Christian chooses "zoot suit." Rami chooses "poodle skirt." Kit chooses "fringe." Elisa chooses "cutouts." Jillian gamely chooses to bring back overalls, which gets a laugh from everyone. Ricky chooses "neon." Kevin chooses "'70s flare" and says, "John Travolta." Chris grabs "shoulder pads" and invokes "Joan Crawford." Steven has to choose from the remaining two dead trends. He says that he could never make a baggy sweater work, so he goes with dancewear. That leaves Sweet P with the baggy sweater. Sweet P wonders why she is always the last chosen. She thinks that perhaps her button is stuck to the bottom of the button bag.
Nina tells them they'll be working in teams of three. Each team will have to create a collection of three looks that incorporates all three of the team's outdated trends. This is hardcore. I kind of love it. Christian interviews that the challenge makes him nauseous, because all the trends are so over the top. Nina adds that the collections need to be cohesive and relevant for today. Ouch. Tim says that the designers will choose their own teams, and they will have one minute to do so. Go. Steven, Sweet P, and Chris think their dead trends would work together. Victorya interviews that she knew who she would need to work with based "strictly on their trends," and it looks like those trends belong to Ricky and Elisa. That was a little bitchily passive-aggressive, no? Kit wanted to work with Christian and Jack because they are tons of fun and that's why she's here. Jillian, Rami, and Kevin get together. Teams completed.