A.J. and Sarah meet this dude Michael at the airport. He's from Palm Springs and has been designing since he was a teen. He's totally the dude who thinks that he's the badass and is going to rape the world. He even gives devil horns to prove how obviously evil he is.
All the designers meet at Lincoln Center. Heidi and Tim greet them and Heidi has so many effing bangs. Tim says that the first challenge of the competition is the last phase of the audition process!! Wha? Everyone is completely stunned, because the myth of the actual competition, though you've already made it on the television show, is incredibly strong.
Heidi says that the designers must pull out of their suitcases one garment that they would like to be part of their challenge. So, that's what they did. Then, Heidi tells everybody to pass the garment to the right. Apparently, CASANOVA chose a pair of thousand dollar jeans. Ouch. But, he says that the idiom in the US is that "Shit Happens." True dat.
Tim tells them that they will have five hours to complete a design using the original garment. They head to Parsons. Gretchen tells us that she's part bohemian, part modernist. She tells us that she's kind of a hippie.
At Parsons, Valerie; from Cleveland, Ohio, an amazing place with or without any damn LeBron James; tells us that she loves fashion and is doing this for all of her peeps back home. She cries a little bit and it's completely authentic and I think I love her. Bless her little heart.
Tim comes in and introduces them to Parsons. There's a lot of HP plugging. Also, Mood is apparently in Parsons now? Andy, from Aloha, started with designing pageant gowns. April wants to design a coat dress, but it's short.
Peach apparently can't handle her fabric -- it's coming unraveled -- and Michael thinks that a good designer would know what to do. All I know is that Michael is my pick for hottie of the summer.