We're back, and Daniel Franco is sweating. The models return. Michael calls Daniel Franco "The Teflon Boy." He asks him why he came back, and Daniel answers that he wanted to show the judges what he could do. Michael notes that, in fashion, there are a lot of ups and downs, so seeing Daniel return is "par for the course." That's a generous thing to say. Michael and Heidi note that the bust doesn't fit properly. Michael says that if it makes the model look big despite her great figure, "something is wrong."
Heidi says that she likes Santino's dress because it is "fun" and "pretty." Michael adds that a dress like his "could" look juvenile but doesn't. Nina asks Santino what his design philosophy is, and he bellows that he likes "old-world technique." As well, he enjoys "third-world techniques." I was hoping he would explain what he means more fully, but he doesn't. He does, however, point to the back of the dress, where there is all of that intricate stitching. I figured that's what he meant; I just wish he'd been specific.
Nina turns the heat on Heidi and asks her to explain her design. She basically repeats that she likes "pretty." As well, she thinks that her model's belly showing is funky, and a triangle of lace in the back of the bodice is sophisticated. Michael points out that Heidi used the most trim on her design. Without the trim, Heidi has made a bandeau and an A-line skirt. Ouch.
Nina says to Diana, "What are you telling me with your design?" Diana explains that she likes to research her designs. As well, she wants the final product to be more than clothing. Nina asks to see the back of the dress, and, after fighting with the magnets, Diana explains that the magnets won't work because the "polarity is rotating." Oh my god, I love Diana. I guarantee you, rotating polarity has NEVER been discussed on any fashion runway. Ever. Keep breaking down those walls, Diana. Both Michael and Nina say they didn't know the gown had magnets on it. Michael adds, "I'm not sure why it does that." I don't know if he's talking about rotating polarity or the design having magnets. I hope he realizes how freaking cool a magnetized gown is. Not only for the geek factor, but it does really change the silhouette of the design when switched.
Heidi asks John what his inspiration was. He, under the lovingly watchful eye of his model, explains that it was summer and he was hot. So, he made a summer dress. He says all of this in a really clammy, nervous way that is unsettling. Michael asks him if he knew that dyeing fabrics was something that he was good at. John responds that he didn't know and adds that he finished the design in eight hours. Mistake. Michael says, "Why'd you do it in eight hours when you had a week?" There's no answer, really. John tries though, with "It doesn't necessarily take a week, I don't think." Okay, maybe, but man. You shouldn't have said that. I think he was trying to be all savant "I just whipped this shit up" and maybe he spent more time on it. But he's a goner.