Ivy is still sad about Casanova leaving. I am too. Carolyn greets the designers on the runway with envelopes in hand. The challenge is to create a modern look inspired by the 1920s. The envelopes are different events for which the designs must be appropriate. The designers are paired. There's an afternoon garden party, an afterhours speakeasy and an evening social soiree. Emilio and Josh are paired against each other for the garden party, Uli and Laura Kathleen have the social soiree and Anthony Ryan and Ivy are competing with the speakeasy.
Anthony Ryan keeps invading Ivy's space and it gets a little tense. Also, Laura Kathleen openly slams Uli for using feathers, saying that she uses them to compensate for her design. Then, Ivy shit talks Anthony Ryan's design in front of Joanna. It's actually pretty exciting. The fitting doesn't go well for Emilio or Uli. Emilio has to completely take his dress apart and reconstruct. Uli's dress is see-through! I don't understand how she could not have anticipated that.
Gretchen Mol is a guest judge! Designer Jenny Packham is also a judge. On the runway, Emilio's and Josh's looks are both pretty good, though I think that Emilio probably has the edge. Laura Kathleen and Uli are also both very strong. I think maybe Laura Kathleen is the winner, though her pant suit is pretty reminiscent of the look she one with during the Diane von Furstenberg challenge. Hell, I think I like all of these dresses. Anthony Ryan's and Ivy's look like they could be in the same collection and they are both very good.
On second look, Josh's is really beautiful. Georgina loves it. Jenny and Gretchen were both down with it too. Isaac and Carolyn weren't crazy about it though. The criticism was kind of vague, but Emilio didn't get a ton of praise. Uli gets kudos, but the judges are torn over her cowl shawl. Isaac didn't like the fur that Laura Kathleen used. Carolyn thought that her pants weren't perfect. Georgina went a step further and said that the pants made the model look huge. Carolyn thinks that Ivy's dress looks like a Prada rip-off. Isaac thinks that it looks better in the back. Gretchen really liked it. Jenny loves Anthony Ryan's dress and how modern it feels. Gretchen thinks it's young and fun. Isaac was not a fan of the feather capelet, but he changes his mind! Georgina likes it as well. Looks like the judges liked all them too! Emilio has the high score for his pair, Uli wins hers and Anthony Ryan wins his.
Emilio is safe. Anthony Ryan wins the challenge! Uli is safe. Joshua is safe. Laura Kathleen is... out! Ivy is shocked. I mean, they were all good and somebody had to go. Might as well be the annoying girl.
Previously: The designers had their unconventional materials challenge and it was all Christmas stuff. Kylie Minogue was the guest judge! Uli won the challenge, while Casanova and Ivy were in the bottom. Casanova sadly got the boot and Ivy was really torn up about it.
It's morning at the hotel where they are all staying. They are sitting on a beautiful terrace and Emilio mentions to Ivy that Casanova's elimination hit her very hard. She agrees and says that, though she understands that only one person wins the competition, she had hoped that her friend would be with her until the end. She interviews that Casanova's elimination has pushed her spirit to work harder, because she wants to make something that he would be proud of. Anthony Ryan points out that, for this challenge, they are all likely to stay onstage for the judging at the runway show (because they are such a small group now). Emilio interviews that it is his feelings that the remaining designers were always the strongest. This elimination will be the game changer.
At the runway, Carolyn appears behind the scrim holding envelopes. Groaning commences. Anthony Ryan says that he just prays that it is not a team challenge. Me too. I don't think I can handle these guys being too bitchy to each other right now. Carolyn reminds them that they are all close to the big prize before telling them that the next challenge will be about the 1920s. She reminds us that the '20s were the moment when fashion and the modern era converged. Laura Kathleen whispers, "Flappers." Carolyn says that the Jazz Age has returned in movies and music and it is their challenge to create a modern look inspired by the '20s.
Because Uli won the last challenge, she gets to choose her envelope first. Then, everyone else chooses one. Carolyn calls them invitations. Uli opens her and it's an invitation for an evening social soiree. Josh opens his next and it's an invite for an afternoon garden party. Oh, he'll be a total hit. Anthony Ryan opens his and it's an invite to an after hours speakeasy. Laura Kathleen has a social soiree as well. Ivy has the speakeasy and Emilio has the garden party. Carolyn says that it's going to be a fashion face-off. Emilio says that he and Joshua design for the same woman, but he's confident since he has won two challenges. Uli also considers Laura Kathleen a formidable opponent. Each group will have a high scorer and a low scorer. From those groups we will get a winner and a loser. Anthony Ryan says that he is not pest control but he will not mind exterminating Ivy. Whoever thought of that should be fired. I mean, seriously. Also, the hair. Anthony Ryan's hair is a problem. Wrong proportion, wrong decade, wrong species. I think he just lost me forever with the exterminator bomb. Carolyn shuffles off the stage while making a little mouth trumpet and I like her more and more every time she talks. Or plays music, I guess.