I had to laugh when Gretchen claimed that color to be HERS and hers alone. That's so immature but Gretchen doesn't have a filter when she speaks.
What really confused me about that was that the material she was using and the material Michael was using didn't appear to be the same color in the first place, at least not on the television I was watching. Same color family, sure, but not the exact same shade. And his had that gold metallic sheen to it to fit with his choice of metallic, while she was working with velvet. So what was the problem? I didn't understand her snatching that whole bolt of camel fabric from Michael last week and saying she was using it. So? If it's not against the rules of the show for two designers to choose the same fabric for the same challenge, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Heck, they've had challenges where everyone had to use the same fabric or some shade of the same color in the past. I don't think it's reasonable for any designer to expect that a particular fabric or color is his/hers alone.
I'm also flummoxed as to why the judges loved Gretchen's weird retro caftan. My first thought was that it was exactly the same style caftan that all of us were forced to make in my seventh grade home ec class as a beginning sewing project. Yes, she did a lot more detail work with it, but it's not the most amazing or flattering design for most women. I also just felt like the feathers and the beading and the velvet and the layering got to be a bit much, and I agree with Michael Kors that the hair was way too costumey--it looked all Ren festival to me. Andy's was over the top too, but it was more original and really well-constructed, and his ready to wear look was great. I was kind of surprised he didn't win, because I thought his ready to wear look was enough better than Mondo's to get him the win.
I liked Michael's ready to wear look too, but he needed to edit his runway garment, particularly with regard to that enormous train.