As they begin sketching, Jonathan says that he can't even draw children. He notes in an interview that the designers who have been winning have been innovative and risky; and he believes that's where his head should be. We hear him tell someone that he's designing a "kimono-sleeved romper." Wait, that's what he designed for the last challenge! Anthony points out that his designs are usually focused on accentuating the natural curves of a woman, but little girls don't have butts and boobs! Neither do models, but whatever. Jesse tell us that he's thinking of a trip to Paris that he took. He's going to try to use a "schoolgirl, Madeline" aesthetic.
Emilio says something interesting -- he feels that most of the designers are going to make a mistake by trying to put too much of themselves into their design. I wonder if he's just trying to justify his earlier decision to play it safe, because, otherwise, it's an idea that doesn't get a lot of thematic play on this show. At heart, the show's philosophy seems to be something along the lines of "Sure, you've never designed for/with blank, but if you just stay TRUE TO YOUR VISION AS A DESIGNER, you will be a winner in the end." Someone not being clear in their vision is often a criticism, even when it's a case of everyone having designed something pretty good and the real damnation was that there has to be a loser. Reality television is escapist for the most part (even when it's about losing weight or eating worms, there's nothing that takes you out of your own experience like watching actual people living) and it's not much of an escape to hear, "Yeah, that was good and your heart is pure, but you still lose." In any case, Emilio is trying to be low-key in his design. When I think of it, you can twist any designer's choice into either a praise or criticism of their aesthetic vision.
Tim enters and mentions that the room is dead silent. What is it about Tim's fear of this year's designers? Emilio says that they are all concentrating. Tim says that they can keep concentrating, but they'll have to do it as they proceed to Mood. Tim starts the 30-minute timer for the designers to shop while standing in front of a wall of buttons that I find hypnotic. I want it. There's a little dog (Boston Terrier?) in the store! Adorable. Seth Aaron explains that the key element of his look is going to be a hoodie, which he wants to make with black and white checked fabric or a houndstooth. He really has a problem finding what he needs. Emilio settles on a soft pink fabric. We are treated to a video response from Amy, who finds pink cliché. She thinks that they need to be a little more fashion-forward than pink. Man, Seth Aaron is really having a problem. He tells us that, as he hauls ass, he's not finding what he needs. Tim gives the one-minute warning, while looking down at the dog. So, I think maybe Tim doesn't like dogs? That's unacceptable. Seth Aaron finally finds what he needs in the wool knits. He collapses on the floor of Mood for dramatic effect. He tells us that it is now up to him to deliver his vision.