The designers meet Carolyn at the South Street Seaport, which is gross, if you don’t know. They meet this dude, Fawaz Gruosi. He makes jewelry and has the craziest name in North America. The winner of the challenge will win one of his watches. Laura Kathleen starts bleeding platinum and hate at that point. So, it’s an unconventional challenge. They have to use only materials used from some store. I’m listening, what store? A judge this week will be freaking KYLIE MINOGUE. Shit guys. This is so exciting. Anthony Ryan says that this is probably the biggest judge in Project Runway history and he’s completely right. So, the store they have to work with is a Christmas store. And, they can’t have it look like Christmas stuff. Santa is there. Emilio thinks he’s a burglar. Touché.
Ivy and Casanova are getting gruff for being friends. Anthony Ryan is getting cuter to me. Uli is a hot piece. She decides to make a whole dress with embellishments. I honestly don’t know what that means. She can’t just make a dress with garlands, can she? They have five hours remaining and no one is out of the Christmas woods. Ivy thinks that she’s working outside of the box and that is nice. Joanna pops in and is worried for Joshua. Emilio tries to sell this weird adornment to Joanna and she’s not buying it. Joshua doesn’t like it but he’s the tackiest person in 2012 so who the fuck cares what he says? Casanova has like beads and twigs, so he’s in trouble.
The models come in for fittings and they become the elves, per Ivy. Uli says that every time she turns around Casanova has a new dress. Later, with all the girls gone, he is looking on the floor for extra trimmings. He is also wearing a Charlene blouse from Designing Women. That night, some of the designers are feeling fatigued.
The next day, Emilio decides to glue a lot of stuff. Casanova pulls a lot of stuff from the trash. Hair and make-up happens, which doesn’t seem so horrible. But, everyone is running around crazy and upset. Joshua is gluing a lot of stuff. Emilio says that is the worst thing that he has ever done, but he said that about the last design.
On the runway, Carolyn introduces Georgina, Isaac, Ga ga Anthony? And Kylie Minogue. Anthony Ryan’s is first and looks like Uli’s from the 70’s challenge. Ivy’s is next and it’s a gold bodice with a ruffled skirt and a smooth bodice. This seems like a fail on first look. Josh’s look is essentially a bathing suit and it’s horrible. Uli’s work is a smooth job of what Anthony Ryan just did. Emilio’s look is pretty fab though he was worried about it before. Casanova’s look is problematic, though thoughtful. Laura Kathleen is very happy with what she did. Kylie loved her pockets. Isaac thinks that her girl looked fat.
Casanova explains how he was out of sorts until the last moment. It’s unclear if they hated him or not. Joshua is commended by Isaac for the top but damned for the bottom. Georgina thinks that Ivy’s proportions are off. Uli gets huge kudos from Isaac, though he thinks that the hem in back is too long.
The judges confer and Kylie liked Anthony Ryan’s dress. They all seemed to like Uli’s dress. Georgina and Isaac didn’t love Laura Kathleen’s dress and Kylie has stopped loving it. Nobody seems down with Ivy’s look. People can’t seem to hate or love Josh’s look. Casanova’s last gold weird jeweled dress was the last to be discussed and it seems like they hate it.
The designers return to the stage. Laura Kathleen is safe. Dumb bitch. The winner is, announced by Kylie, Uli! She’s so happy! Anthony Ryan is safe too! Uli is so happy when she gets her watch backstage. Josh is safe, which seems wrong. Ivy...is in. She’s so sad to see Casanova go. Ugh. Emilio speaks Spanish to him backstage and Ivy is so sad. It’s really pretty and I hope that Casanova kicks some ass.
Previously: The designers had to create red carpet looks with green fabrics. Diane von Furstenberg was the guest judge, which made little Laura Kathleen super happy. And, she won the challenge! Althea, who liked Diane von Furstenberg just fine as well, didn't do so well and was sent home.
Has everyone noticed how sexy the girls have to act in the opening? I feel like Uli, who acts kind of goofy as she's standing there, is the only one who actually comes out of it with her dignity intact. Laura Kathleen looks like she is in serious danger of throwing a hip out of joint. The designers meet Carolyn at the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan and Joshua wonders, jokingly, if maybe they are going to have a pirate challenge. Seriously, crazier things have happened. He's currently wearing a purple tank top with a vintage photo of a bodybuilder on it. Just reporting the facts here. Carolyn greets them and tells them that the Seaport is the site of this challenge. Also, the guest judge is someone with a really exotic name who makes fancy watches and jewelry, such as Carolyn is currently wearing. Fawaz Gruosi. That's his name and I love it. He comes out and shakes Carolyn's hand and greets the designers. In so many words, he tells the designers that he's glad to be there and he's excited about the watch. Carolyn elaborates. The winner of this challenge will receive one of his watches as a reward. Laura Kathleen wants that watch.
Carolyn then reveals that this will be the unconventional challenge. Lordy. Emilio interviews that he has not been looking forward to this, because he used like washers and string during that challenge during his season and was almost sent home. Anthony Ryan says that we all remember his infamous birdseed dress from his season, but he didn't win that challenge. He really wants to win that one. Is his birdseed dress really considered infamous? I don't think about it much, especially not in a scandalous way. I thought it was good. I just think that it's interesting of him to refer to it as infamous. It's kind of like talking about yourself in the first-person. They are going to have to find everything they need for the challenge in one store in the Seaport shopping place. The twist is that they have to completely transform the materials. The judges shouldn't be able to tell where they came from. Casanova interviews that this will be difficult for him because he is not used to making garments with bullshit. Heh. They get $350 though and that's cool.