The next day, we see Robert working out. Once he's dressed, he says he is not nervous. He wants to transform himself, with no irony, into a "Banana Republican." I thought they were called Log Cabin Republicans. Kara Saun cooking eggs (and using a fork to stir them. Note to Kara Saun: don't use metal utensils in non-stick pans) says, that she is giving a Wendy Pepper a makeover. Bless you, Kara Saun, you are doing God's work. We see flashbacks of Wendy's previous makeup crimes. The new look is really good, with the exception of the infantile pin curls in her hair. Makeup is a check, though. It's so much better.
At the workshop, the designers dress their models. Everyone seems fairly confident. Starr says that she has never been so proud of a design. She uses a lighter on her design to do...something. I don't know. In the preview from last week, this moment was presented in a way as to suggest that Starr lost her mind. She hasn't, though, unless the design of a dress of questionable appeal is a sign of madness. If that's the case, there's a really gaudy straitjacket somewhere with the name "Donatella" in it. Meanwhile, Kevin says in an interview that when he saw Starr's dress, he went, "[Jump.] Ew." This guy needs to lay off of poor Starr. One of the models notices the stain on Robert's dress, and he says, "Yeah, I meant to put that there." Sure you did, Pee-wee. He puts a granny brooch over the stain. Tim Gunn arrives to bring the designers to the runway. He says this is going to be difficult because all of the dresses are lovely. Tim Gunn, you are a nice man and something of a liar.
Heidi welcomes the designers. She mentions that, on behalf of the winner of the challenge, Banana Republic will make a donation to Dress For Success. That charity kind of does what Kara Saun did for Wendy Pepper. This week's judges are Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Deborah Lloyd.
The show begins. First is Kara Saun's dress. It is a fitted, lemon yellow satin dress. There is frill along the skirt and the back is cut out. Honestly, not wild about this one. Kara Saun suggests in an interview that she perhaps felt the same way, noting that Banana Republic customers would want something inexpensive yet utilitarian. I think she may have faked herself out.