I don't think Nora was trying to slam Jay, but his design has writing all over it. He says he was inspired by the models, and by all the criticism that they endure. "My agent told me I had to lose a 16th of an inch on my hip" is an example of one of the criticisms the models have received. His design will be "a walking commentary for how these girls feel about themselves." He should attach an alarm clock to the neck.
Mario's dress is white and short. And, like the one he designed last week, it is very simple. Mario, remember, does not compromise his art. If his art tells him to make an extra-large tube top, while his competitors are making social commentaries and literary allusions, then that's just the way it has to be. He CANNOT compromise that. He says that he doesn't like to overthink things, and that some people take fashion too seriously. Methinks Mario had a bong hit too many this morning.
Wendy says in an interview that she has a lot of problems with envy. Nora says in an interview that Wendy told her that she thinks of Nora when she thinks of envy. Also, Wendy tells Nora that she has so many chances ahead of her and that this is Wendy's last chance. That's kind of creepy. This, to me, is an example of what I call the Wendy Pepper Dichotomy. She's totally calculated and manipulative, like she was with Nora. At the same time, in her interview, she was so self-aware and raw. It takes a lot to be honest about your shortcomings, and she seems to be doing it in a healthy way. She is listening to a portable CD player. I'm not sure why, but it makes me sad that she doesn't have an MP3 player of some kind.
With four hours left in the workday, Mario takes off. We see a scan of his dress. It's cute, but looks incredibly simple. It's a white tube dress, with a large black pin-striped sash. The interest of the sash is on the side, where it's bunched and pinned with a jeweled pendant. There are splashes of red beading on the front of the dress, which are kind of pretty. Looks like blood. I kind of think that whole trend of clothing with gunshots, bleeding models, and bruised street urchins is kind of tired. It's been happening for a few years now. In fact, I think that Hedi Slimane made a jacket with red beading that resembled blood in, like, 2002 or something. Seriously, I think it was the same idea. Nora says in an interview that Mario's dress is one of the first things that they teach you in fashion school. That's pretty damning. With a massive scarf tied around her head, Nora adds in her interview that she doesn't think Mario is going to be in the competition much longer if he doesn't "pump it up."