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CHOCOLATE IS SENSUAL Unless it inspires a drab nun's outfit that Sister Mary Clarence would never wear.
The designers spent some time with their next-generation innovator for inspiration. This was where Alexander got on my nerves. He chose his innovator deliberately, but when he actually saw the chef at work, he started to doubt cake as an inspiration -- even though there's clearly a lot a fashion designer can do with cake. When he compared notes with the other designers, Alexander pretty much belittled his cake master's profession while comparing it to the other innovators' work. I think he gave up on the challenge right then and there. It was all very self-defeating, kind of like last week when he assured his superfan that he could make a suit for her when he couldn't actually follow through. Most of the other designers probably would have killed to have pastry as their inspiration, but I think Alexander was giving himself an excuse just in case he wouldn't be able to deliver.
But really, all the designers just took the tiny fraction of their innovators' world that they were comfortable with and focused exclusively on that. Alexander zeroed in on the chocolate lace on top of a cake that already looked like a ribbon. Bradon somehow got plaid (his fave!) from BMX biking. Kate somehow got florals from binary code. Helen somehow got a very basic star pattern from her modern artist. The good news was, all the prints they'd designed on their HP tablets looked gorgeous. Good job, HP.
Back in the workroom, Helen tested the other designers' nerves by constantly asking for advice and expressing her endless insecurities and crying and repeating "I don't do prints." By the time Tim came around, everyone was flailing in the challenge. Tim was perplexed by Bradon's design and wisely advised him to change his idea for his skirt. He strongly questioned Alexander's look, calling it "clerical," which Alexander didn't mind — especially considering his last name, Pope.
Bradon had the line of the night in response to that: "Just because Alexander's last name is Pope doesn't mean he has to make priest costumes. My last name is McDonald, and I don't make dresses out of French fries."
Tim told everyone "Just go with your viscera. That's what it's there for." Can we put that on a t-shirt, please?
NEXT: On to the Runway! Loved Peter Som as guest judge.