We learn a bit more about Christopher, our Minnesotan who, because of a death in his family, was never able to go to college or design school. However, he has worked on it on his own, teaching himself how to sew and make things. "I'm pretty good at using the resources I have available to me," he says. We see a shot of a dress he made for three dollars which, while definitely... a dress, does look a little like it was maybe made for three dollars. I'm sorry! He seems ready and willing to learn, though, which is nice.
Breaking up the party, Heidi announces that they must leave to rest up for tomorrow's challenge. "Project Runwaaaay" she screams, holding her champagne aloft, and the contestants follow suit in a kind of faboo sieg heil.
Apparently, the night passes without incident, and the designers head out the next morning to meet Tim, not just anywhere, but on the red carpet of the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE. Poor Tim having to say such an annoying sentence -- I have to wonder if he gets tired of all this branding he is responsible for getting across. This is an appropriate venue in which to be inspired for today's challenge, which will be to design an ensemble suitable for a star to wear on the red carpet. Tim reminds them that that can encompass a variety of looks -- from the Oscars to the VMAs -- and they head off to FIDM to see their workspaces. Everyone is thrilled with the challenge, and I don't blame them. I was so afraid it would be something like, "welcome to the Venice Beach farmer's market; your challenge is to construct a garment out of these discarded banana peels!" Creating a red carpet design is something a designer would actually DO, which makes this a refreshing task. They've each been assigned a model for the first challenge and receive cards listing their measurements. "Oh, she has big feet like me!" Ari says, and though it must cause Tim's teeth to grate, he merely responds with a cheerful "yeah!" as you would to a mental patient who was talking about... garments that feature water purification systems. He gives them 30 minutes to sketch their design, after which he says he'll be back to take them shopping.
Everyone leaps upon their sketch pads. Christopher immediately has a vision of a textured dress with a full skirt, featuring a belt to pull the volume in. His sketch looks like an anime cartoon, which I find really endearing. The guy is self-taught, but he is really going for it, and I immediately get hopeful that he can pull it off. The opposite of endearing is Malvin who says he watches no red carpets and, actually, doesn't differentiate between the colors of carpets. He's maybe kidding, but... the sneer? It's real. I know fashion design, at its height, is an art form and I can appreciate that, but ultimately you need to sell whatever it is you are creating in order to create more of it, so someone, at some point, is going to need to wear, in public, something you made. Right? So, get to sketchin'.
Speaking of sketching, Tim has mercifully left the workroom when Ari pulls the needle off the record: "What if we don't sketch?" she shouts to her compatriots, and I think Epperson's horrified look speaks for us all. No, she doesn't sketch, she tells the camera with a shrug. She simply meditates on the garment and what it needs and who will be wearing it, and then she makes it. By the way, she's wearing a full body suit of many colors, under a pair of green shorts. While her fellow designers sketch, she does a handstand against the wall. Please don't get me wrong -- she's cute and everything, but I think she might not understand the difference between creativity and creative ability. She can't be blamed -- many, many people have become confused about this distinction because of reality television. See also the separation between vocal talent and volume; interpersonal romance and personal lust for attention; and, just generally, fame and infamy.
At Mood, the contestants engage in the familiar mad dash through the store, sighing and slinging around bolts of fabric. Qristyl panics because there is only one person cutting fabric and takes matters into her own hands, purchasing scissors so that she can cut hers, herself. "I gotta do what I gotta do," she says. Impressive. Shirin says in an interview that she loves to watch old movies and will design something with old Hollywood glamour.
Back in the workroom, everyone gets to work. Tim reminds them that innovation is key to the challenge. Ra'Mon becomes so inspired thinking of someone walking down the red carpet in something he designed, he actually tears up in an interview. Yeah, I am thinking getting out of brain surgery was a good idea after all. Aw, just kidding -- his sketch looks cool, and he is obviously excited to be doing this.