Barbara Nitke

A helicopter ride over NYC inspires the designers' looks

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November 18, 2016 at 03:09 AM EST

As much as I love the designers of season 15, there’s something that’s been bothering me. Tonight I finally put my finger on it: None of them are really luxury designers. The challenge in “A Power Trip” was to create an editorial, high-fashion look for a New York City power woman. I was looking forward to glamorous looks. The results were all nice, but is it too much to ask for at least one Sean Kelly or Carol Hannah this season?

Anyway, that small gripe aside — this was a good episode. And it even came with its own twist ending, so let’s dive right in…

The designers meet Tim and Marie Claire EIC Anne Fulenwider at a helipad to get this week’s challenge. After taking a ride in the helicopter, the designers must use the city landscape as inspiration for their looks, which could end up being featured in Marie Claire if it’s the winner.

They sketch, shop at Mood, and get to work: Mah-Jing wants to do wearable drama, Nathalie is struggling without Jenni around for guidance, and Erin is halfway done with — surprise, surprise — an oversize coat.

When Tim comes around for critiques, that’s the first thing he’s adamant about: getting rid of that damn coat. “What about this pastel pink says power?” Tim says. In his confessional, Rik says it’s like Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants, and I’m so sad I didn’t think of that joke! Erin starts from scratch, but she’s not the only one who gets harsh edits.

Tim tells Cornelius to rethink his “amoeba” designs, he tells Dexter to be very mindful with his time, and he tells Nathalia to limit her fabrics.

After model fittings, everyone buckles down to work on their looks. Nathalia is having a rough time and gets really emotional, and everyone is sweet and supportive — Rik even tries to help her as much as possible. It’s so sweet and makes me love this group of designers so much.

NEXT: Power walk

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