"American Made" -
Tommy was cut from the Style Forum, 12 designers are
left. Back at the Soho Loft, Shauna says she liked
Tommy, and she said it was fair because he was selfish
and sabotaged the team...he was most responsible for
the team's failure.
Liz and Deanna fight. Deanna claims Liz took full
credit for the design when Deanna was part of it. Liz
said Deanna goes for the jugular. Liz said that when
very opinionated women get together, there will be
fireworks. Princess calls Deanna abrasive. Shauna
calls Liz egomaniacal and she can't stand her. Liz
hears her and they fight too. Deanna calls Liz weak,
and ass and needs to go now! WOW!
The next day, the teams meet at snowy and cold
Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, New Jersey. Two
private jets are waiting as the teams meet Tommy.
Tommy explains that he has traveled the United States
for inspiration. The design assignment is as follows:
CHALLENGE: Both teams will travel to different
destinations. One will go to Fort Worth, TX to soak up
the American West. One team will travel to
Albuquerque, New Mexico to soak up the Native American
Culture. The teams have to create two outfits: one
male, one female. The teams will have $1500 in budget.
The catch is: 1/2 of the team will be on the road and
1/2 will be in NY to retrieve the information and
apply it to the design. The teams will return in time
to finish the design. They will travel by Jet Aviation
private jet. And in 48 hours two members will model
the outfits in the Style Forum.
The outfits have to be relevant, fashionable and
rooted in Americana.
Deanna and Princess
are the team choosers this week as the teams
reshuffle. Deanna picks first as she was part of the
winning team last week. So the teams are:
DEANNA (whose team is going to Texas): Shauna (who was
picked by Deanna because she likes her. She is as
smart and strong as me.) Wes, Chris C. Jessica, and
Jeff (who she picked between Jeff and Julie because
Jeff was easier to sacrifice)
PRINCESS (whose team is going to New Mexico): Felix
(she works well with him. He is intense, but OK.)
James, Rob W. Liz, and Julie who was picked last.
Julie said she had the "high school bruised ego all
The away team for each team was:
Texas: Deanna, Wes and Jessica
NM: Julie, Liz and Felix
Chris C gave the Texas team $600 and told them not to
spend it all. Princess said the less hands out in the
field, the more I can do. Deanna said by Princess
staying, she didn't have confidence in her team. I can
do research in the field.
The Texas team lands and we see them at the Fort Worth
Stockyards and a rehearsal of the Forth Worth Cowgirl
Chicks. They got an idea of what is Texas...a good
pair of jeans, boots and a belt. The New Mexico Team
lands at Cutter Aviation at the Albuquerque Airport.
They are met by a Native American guide, who takes
them to Forbidden Mountain where they see the Native
American in their native garb. The Texas Team goes to
the Nest Fork Ranch and rope cows. They got into the
way of life. Back at Forbidden Mountain, they watch a
sacred Native American Ritual. Felix said it was
touching. Elizabeth said it was a peaceful beautiful
Back in New York City, and Elizabeth relays
information on colors. Princess didn't like
authenticity. Rob didn't want it to be just cultural.
They laughed at her as Princess was firing a fake gun
at the phone, meaning Liz. Liz said the phone call was
a shot back to reality. James said the information was
boring. The New Mexico go to the fabric store and buy
the accessories in NM. James and Princess wanted to go
urban, but Felix said that there is a bigger market
than just urban. The Texas team does the same in
In NY with 18 hours remaining, Texas Team calls home.
Deanna spoke to Shauna, because Chris C is all over
the place. Jeff was furious that he wasn't talked to.
Jeff needed to make himself heard. He was waiting for
the opportunity to do so. One of the seamstresses
turned Jeff on to a denim expert. This assignment
plays right into his negotiation skills. Shauna wasn't
thrilled, but said OK to it. Jeff and Chris met with
the denim expert, a man named Walter. He is used to
designing with it, as he helped Sean Combs (a/k/a Puff
Daddy, P. Diddy) bring his 1st collection to the
streets. They show him the designs, and agree to do it
with him. They are nervous.
7 Hours to go. The New Mexico team arrives back at
Teterboro Airport. Elizabeth hopes the information and
design will balance out. Princess wanted to put a
modern twist, but was told to go authentic. Team
arrives back at the cutting room and Felix said that
the two separate "mini-teams" have to be brought back
together. James isn't feeling the shirt and is hoping
for the best.
5 hours to go. Jeff meets with Walter and loves the
pants. Chris and Jeff pay Walter $500. Chris said
without Jeff, they would have never had Walter.
4 hours to go. Texas Team has 2 completed pieces, and
they come back and have only $50 left. What are they
going to pay the seamstresses? Shauna and Jeff argue
about paying the labor and handling the budget. Liz
and Princess of The New Mexico Team argue about the
use of denim. James isn't sure about the intergrity of
vision and the path that has been taken. Julie paints
the bottom of moccasins and designs a purse. Shauna is
worried that Jeff's money shenanigans will hurt them.
Deanna blames Chris and Jeff equally for leaving the
team with $50. They make the seamstresses a food
basket according to Deanna, "because my team is a
bunch of freaking morons." Jeff tells the seamstresses
that they would have been nothing without them.
2 hours to go. The denim jacket for Deanna's team
never got finished. Shauna said even though we could
have cranked it out, Jeff took the jacket back to
Walter the denim expert. All the team told him that
they have to be back by 11:00AM. Jeff tells Walter
about the deadline and he will be back by 10:30 to
pick up the jacket. 10:40 comes and Jeff gets a call
to leave now with the jacket as is. Chris gets on the
phone and tells Jeff to leave now. Jeff is trying to
explain and Chris is angry..."leave now! Jeff calls
Walter...17 Minutes to go...Jeff is waiting. He
mutters, "My life is on the line."
We see both teams in last minute preparation. 13
minutes to go. Jeff is waiting and panicking. Shauna
said, "I knew this would happen." Back to Jeff saying,
"God...God...Cursing." 9 Minutes to go...Panicking...
And with 7 minutes to go...he gets the jacket and gets
into the cab.
4 minutes to go..."I am screwed. I see the team
getting rid of me. Jeff is still in the cab. And the
seconds tick away and...it's 11:00AM. The jacket is
out. The Texas Team said, "we are screwed." Shauna
called him "selfish and infuriating. Jeff was unfair
trying to be the hero and blows everything. Chris
respects Jeff that he went out of his way. The team
doesn't see the big picture.
It's snowing as the team enters the style forum. Tommy
enters. They brought out the team models. Jessica/Wes
for the Texas team and Elizabeth and Felix for the NM
Team. IMHO, the Texas team has this. The NM team looks
He tells Felix that no man would wear the poncho. The
Texas team calls it unwearable. Tommy calls the Texas
Team and says the clothes have purpose. He likes the
shirt that was handmade. Princess said anyone could
but a hat or leather jacket. The models go back to
their respective teams.
Tommy loves the jeans on the Texas team. Jeff said he
arranged the specialist. Shauna, in an attempt to nail
Jeff to the wall, explains about the $500 budgeting of
the jeans and not budgeting right for the
seamstresses. And she also nailed Jeff on the lack of
the jacket on Jessica's outfit. Tommy said timing is
everything, and that missing a deadline could make or
break a season. Shauna is smiling at this point. Jeff
explains himself. Tommy tells that although he
respects Shauna's attempt to budget the money, Jeff
did the right thing in a time crunch to get everything
done and the stuff made. He said "Nice Job, Jeff." He
mouths, "Thank you, God."
Tommy explains that the New Mexico's outfit were not
relevant and too costumey. The Texas Team wins. And
Tommy said Jeff was the key to winning. Shauna is
He turns to the New Mexico team and said that the
clothing was not fashionable or relevant. Princess
said she wanted to do it with an urban flair, but
after the phone call she changed her ideas. He asked
Julie what she did, and she said she kept notes and
designed a purse and painted shoes. Tommy said that
wasn't much. Rob said there was a breakdown in
communication. And Princess didn't want to listen to
Liz. Princess and Liz argued about control of the
team. Tommy said it was immature and called Princess
(again!) Liz and Julie to the Pit.
Tommy told Julie that she was very passive, and you
can't be passive in this business. You did very little
and didn't contribute. Julie said she could be passive
and a leader. She presented her purses to 40 stores
all across the country. He told Princess that you have
been in the pit a lot. She is too outspoken, and she
wasn't listening to Liz. Princess was asked, "why
should I keep you?" she said she is honest and
trustworthy. Liz was told there was communication
issues. Liz said her communication skills were
"exemplary". Julie was asked the same question. She
said she was honest, hardworking and has leadership
skills. Tommy said this was a very difficult decision.
He said that Julie didn't show the overall scope of
leadership and design skills that he needs...and with
that, Julie is out of style and takes the runway. She
said, "This didn't play out the way I had predicted. I
had everything to the team."
And Tommy told Princess she was very lucky. All of her
team failed. Communication is paramount. He ends with,
"Please doesn't disappoint me again...."
Next week, the teams open clothing stores with their