Nina replies, gamely sticking with this argument despite Santino's attitude, that lingerie is supposed to be delicate. He says that's been done. Nina's right back with, "This has been done too!" Then, Santino's all, "Who? Who's done it? Name names." This guy. Elle may not be Vogue, but come on! Like the damn editor of one of the biggest fashion mags in the world isn't going to be able to name an influence for just about everything she will ever see. And sure enough, she does. "This could be Galliano." To which Santino responds, "Maybe." That's beautiful, but she's not finished. "This could be McQueen. This could be so many people." Then Santino says that his concept came to him "organically." Okay, despite Santino's wretched demeanor, I think I may understand where he's coming from. I think he's trying to say that he doesn't feel like he attempted one thing and got it wrong. He feels that he created a new concept that shouldn't be judged by other pre-existing concepts. The problem with that thought process is that the garments are purposed, and he has already stated quite clearly that he understands the purpose. Lingerie is made to be sexy. His designs aren't sexy. Nina's not just telling him why they aren't good lingerie, she's telling him why they aren't sexy. Nina adds that the designs don't look well made and Santino replies, "I'm sorry! I'm sorry, Nina!" There was something comical about that.
Nina looks like she's had enough of all of this, but continues, asking Nick what he thinks about Santino's vision. Nick says that he understands what Santino was going for. While Nick is answering, Santino gives Nina this really menacing stare-down. For real, I'd tell the guy to take a hike. Nina then asks Emmett if he thinks "it's too much." He does, provoking an eye-roll from Santino. Heidi asks Santino who from his team should be out. Can you guess who? You're right. He says, "Emmett designs menswear. And he designs in a way that has never suited me." Heidi hurries things along: "So are you saying it would be Emmett." Uh, yeah, he is. Nick also chooses Emmett. Emmett chooses Santino, mentioning Santino's "eleventh hour" meltdown. He also points out that a leader should take responsibility and not blame his team members. Sure, that's easy to say when you're not the team leader.