April presents her dress to Tim. Mondo interviews that her work can come off a little costume-y. Tim tells her that her strength is in editing. She interviews that Tim is the person that she respects most here. That's good to hear. I kind of felt like Tim was off his game a little last season, but, even though these designers have been fairly difficult, he's really given some expert mentorship this season. I love that he's equally passionate and scholastic.
Tim shows Michael his sketches. Tim asks Other Michael if he's being as ambitious as the other designers. The scrunched up fabric? Tim doesn't like it. Apparently, Other Michael wasn't being true to himself when contemplating using it.
Mondo thinks that Andy is playing it safe. Tim is hot on the slutty trail and tells Andy not to let his work seem like Real Housewives of New Jersey. Gretchen is thankful that she's having a "real" critique with Tim today, because she needs it. She tells him about her LES inspiration. Mondo interviews that Gretchen is one of the more exhausted designers on the show, which corresponds with her sounding really tired. He thinks her piece looks really tired too. Tim, really having nowhere to go, tells her to reference her customer and not herself. Gretchen interviews that, though she and Tim have different aesthetics, she believes Tim can see the potential in all of the designers. She has a lovely moment where she tells Tim that it has been an honor working with him. He does that super sexy midwestern thing where he can't really hear it and just gives her a hug. Oh Tim. My heart goes boom.
Tim wishes them all luck and leaves, whereupon, Gretchen says that she's emotional in a jerky vomit/cry sort of way. Other Michael, and I'm not trying to be mean, seems to have confused his lack of ability with vision. He has decided that he was not being true to himself before. Maybe he's right. Maybe the foray into the scrunched fabrics was not only a mistake aesthetically, but a case of him not being true to himself.