It's down to the final three. Angela greets the designers and comments on Austin having shaved. Mondo says that he went from Errol Flynn to Kermit the Frog. It's funny because Mondo's body actually does resemble Kermit's. Austin's more Miss Piggy, wouldn't you say? Georgina and Isaac come onstage and tell the designers that they have to create a mini-collection of five looks. In four days. They have a budget of three grand to shop for fabric at Mood. They're invited to join Joanna Coles at Marie Claire headquarters. The executive assistant is a really cute dude in a baseball cap named Sergio Kletnoy. I want to dress like that at work. They wait in a boardroom for Joanna. They ask her for advice and she says that she doesn't need a lot of drama from a fashion show.
They all spend some time sketching in Central Park. Austin decides that he's going to make a bridal gown for his collection. Mondo decides that he really wants to win and he proceeds to be a regular horse's ass from that moment on. He's so mean to Austin, blaming him for wanting the models that he wants and essentially asserting himself successfully. Austin, meanwhile, tries to be of assistance to the freaking smog of negative energy that is Mondo and only gets abused in return. Mondo doesn't like what fabrics he bought and wants to quit and is rude to Austin in the process. At some point, he tells Michael that this is a lot of pressure. Um, wouldn't Michael know that? Yes, he would and finds it disrespectful that Mondo thinks he's the only person under pressure. Austin reminds Michael that his freaking mother is homeless and he needs to provide for her as well. Georgina drops by to talk to the designers. She says that she likes to see original ideas. Mondo bitches about not wanting to live up to expectations and she relays having had breakdowns before her collections. She's adorable.
There's a moment where the designers are having dinner together and Mondo makes it really uncomfortable and ditches before dessert. All of the eliminated designers are brought in and the finalists get to choose one each as an assistant. Mondo chooses Mila, Michael chooses April and Austin chooses Anthony. They all seem to work well together, with the traditional grousing by the assistant about how they don't share the aesthetic of the person they're helping but they'll do their best. Yeah. The designers have their hair and make-up consultations and are ready for the big day!
Previously: The designers created a cost-conscious design for Nanette Lepore. Kenley proved that she is as stubborn as ever and wouldn't accept even the most gentle advice, which left the door open for Other Michael to have a place in the finals. Suddenly, I recall that Wendy Pepper made it to the finals of her season. Man, where's Wendy Pepper (don't tell me if it involves hospitals or jail)? I mean, this is happening. Michael Costello is one of three people considered to be the most talented "all-stars" on this program. Am I just being a snob or is this actually stunning?
Angela greets the designers on the runway and remarks that Austin has shaved his mustache. You mean, the mustache that disappeared and reappeared throughout this season? Yeah, I'm familiar. He interviews that he shaved in order to have a fresh start and "a renaissance, as it were." I really do love Austin. Mondo, who seems to be revolted by every single move that Austin makes, says that he went from looking like Errol Flynn to Kermit the Frog. That's funny because Mondo really does have the body of Kermit, right? And, Austin really does have the soul of Miss Piggy. What does it all MEAN?
Angela welcomes Georgina and Isaac to the stage and Georgina announces that the final challenge is to create a mini collection of five looks. In four days. Crazy. Later, the designers go to the Hearst Building to meet with Joanna. This dude, Sergio Kletnoy, greets them. He is an executive assistant at Marie Claire. He seems way cool and totally OVER everything. He's like, "Hey guys." He's wearing a baseball cap and is just generally really chill. I'd like to have his job. Someone? Work on that for me. Internet headhunters, I'd like to be Anne Hathaway in that movie about Satan, but I want it to be super casual and I'd like to be able to wear whatever I want and be like "Hey guys" to people who are visiting the office. And, I'd like health insurance. And, I'd like there to be company snacks. It can even be my job to order them.
Sergio leads the designers through the office. They pass, and this is probably totally a coincidence, Joanna in an office leading a meeting. How serendipitous? How lucky are we? Now we have this real insider view of what goes on inside the offices of Marie Claire. I could practically run the place now. Sleep with one eye open, Sergio. I'm coming for you. They are led to a meeting room with a really beautiful view of the city. Everyone talks about how this is such a huge experience and all that. Yeah, yeah. I want to know what they think about Sergio.