While everyone is looking through the fabrics, Starr says that Banana Republic is her favorite store. She is very excited about this challenge. Then, she squeals. Austin finds a fabric with a large floral pattern on ivory. He's very excited and says that he wants to make his dress like a rose -- in honor of Mr. Klum Seal, I presume. Jay is freaked out because he doesn't think he can make a design that will be conservative enough.
It's time to choose the models. This time, they are all wearing identical black slips. Heidi reminds the models that the winner will get a spread in Elle. In separate interviews, Melissa (she wore Robert's suit last week) and Allison (she wore Jay's) both say they would like the fashion spread. Kara Saun picks first because she won last week's challenge. She chooses Martinique. (This makes the second week in a row that she was chosen first.) Then, Heidi starts reaching into the button bag. Vanessa chooses Morgan again. Robert is the last to choose, and seems really uncomfortable. Allison is eliminated. Nora pulls a kind of jerk move by crying about it, making Allison more uncomfortable than she already is at being rejected barefoot in a nightgown on a runway. All the girls cry backstage. Heidi tells the designers that they will have two days to complete the challenge.
Day 1. Robert explains that this is the first challenge that requires a lot of pre-planning and schematics. Austin feels confident, possibly inspired by his visual predecessors Cheryl Ladd and Kate Jackson from Charlie's Angels. He shows the sketch for his dress. It looks like he is planning on having crinoline beneath the skirt. Austin seems to think he knows what "Banana" is all about.
Jay doesn't feel like he can be creative. He contemplates suicide, which is not a joking matter. He says in an interview that when he gets tense, he gets boisterous. Then, we see him and Robert fake-fighting. In last week's episode, they showed this same clip and I thought they were serious. Wendy Pepper is annoyed. She doesn't like people playing around. I would think she would promote their goofing off, because it means they're not working, thus giving her an edge. Wendy is a complete mystery to me. She seems so reasonable at times, but on a dime she'll turn back into Evil Mastermind Wendy. It's all in the interviews, too. She seems pretty straightforward when she's around the others, though. I wonder if her insecurities make her think she needs to rip people's guts out. We'll see.