This is the worst season and this episode is exactly why.
I just hate how they are like "Surprise! You need to ____________ now" halfway into a project. It ruins the show! They keep doing it more and more and if I worked at Lifetime, I would track down whoever had any part in "oking" these things and fire them all on the spot in front of everybody. They think it makes things interesting but it doesn't do anything except force the designers to put out less than their best and gives ammunition to the judges to be mouthy later. I don't wanna see crap coming down the runway, but that's what happens when these stupid surprises are introduced. I wasn't really impressed or wowed with a most of what was shown.
And what is up with this fugly cranberry color too!? Gretchen, Michael, Andy, and even Mondo all used close to it this episode. It's garish and there is nothing young, fresh, or interesting about it. It needs to die and be an instant bottom 3 color.
Ivy's colors are horrible too. Forget bright... they are full blast primary colors and that just doesn't work in general, let alone with her design aesthetic. They were s bold here was no salvaging anything in any way.
I loved Gretchen's purple print fabric but she did no justice for it. That piece in the front over the boob was SO bad and old looking. Her second look didn't even look related and was boring as bread. Who does she design for? Girls who want to look classy but have little confidence?
Valerie looks like wedding dress but I didn't hate it as much as the judges did.
It was funny that Michael Kors said that Michael C's clothes were "you're the only standing up here who the clothes are constructed well, sewn well, and tailored well." So much for everybody thinking he has no construction skills lol! It doesn't matter how many or little skills you have, as long as you get to a good place in the end. Some of the others get bogged down with trying to be too advanced.