The designers ran off to fit their avant garde looks on their models, and when they returned to the workroom, they met a big surprise. At first, before the commercial break, I thought the producers had either set their work on fire or, even worse, forced them to trade looks with each other. The designers' reactions were that intense. But then it turned out that every losing look of the season had been arranged along one wall of the workroom. Tim had the designers choose one to upgrade as a surprise SECOND CHALLENGE. Alexandria perked up at the news because she was sure some of the other designers wouldn't be able to handle it. Oh, if she only knew...
Then came the moment where we had to reach for the tissues. Justin broke down when it was his turn to choose. He ended up picking his own losing look that he'd almost been sent home for — just the memory of almost being sent home made him lose it. Normally, my cold, dead heart would have thought he was being melodramatic, but it turned out to be a meaningful moment.
Later, after hours of work, Alexandria broke down, too, proving that beneath the put-on arrogance and robotic affect lies a human being. We don't know much about Alexandria, but it was endearing to see her talk to kids from Camp Couture, where she teaches children how to sew. It was a little sad that it wasn't family, but still, a warm moment.
Time for the super-size runway! After a rather average season in terms of talent level, it was great to see some amazing looks this late in the competition — that's why we really keep watching this show. In other news, Emmy Rossum was on hand to guest-judge. Super-random.
Avant Garde: Dom didn't hold back her love of prints, and it paid off. The jacket was beautifully constructed and fit great even on Emmy. Nina adored the exuberance and color, and Heidi was impressed that Dom had made three crazy loud prints work in one look.
Transformation: Dom upgraded Jeremy's god-awful losing look to great effect. You could still see the original design, only Dom's version was something a non-comatose woman would wear.
NEXT: Is Alexandria a one-way monkey?