So, here we are. It's the top 5. This all makes me nervous. Heidi tells the designers that this is the final challenge. She tells them that she's sending them far away, where they will meet Tim and he will tell them about the challenge. They travel to Oheka Castle in Long Island, though the designers act like they were dropped there from a helicopter or something. Maybe they were? Tim explains that it's an avant-garde challenge. It's part of the launch of a new make-up line from L'Oreal. Everybody seems like they're in their element initially. Everyone is assigned a character that is part of the new line of make-up, all fairy tale related. They get to use the big estate as inspiration, which seems just a little bit like a waste of time.
The designers have a $400 budget, which is the biggest so far. Melissa has a hard time at Mood, because she wasn't assigned the fairy tale character with black in the palette. Tim comes in for an early consultation, because he doesn't want them to screw up too much before he talks to them. Christopher and Fabio have the same palette and we hear a lot in regards to them being sort of pit against each other. Tim tells Fabio that his coat seems borderline costume, which, of course, I found personally devastating. He tells Sonjia that he doesn't feel that she hasn't performed to her potential as a designer. I haven't been doing that either.
The second day of the challenge, everyone seems fairly flattened, except for Sonjia who seems really energized from her talk with Tim. She gets to the workroom and starts doing different stuff with her silhouette. Fabio changes his design. Also, he reveals to us that he used to wear buttoned down shirts as pants. I still love him. Billy B., the consulting artist from L'Oreal is the big guest and his clothing is straight up clownish. That Tim didn't stop him before he wore this stuff on camera is some sort of sin. Fabio turns his jacket, which Tim hated, upside down ala a buttoned down shirt and Tim loves it. Melissa, per uzh, is a time management concern.
The day of the challenge, everyone is feeling poignant about it being the last runway challenge. Hair and make-up is super pushy with those damn L'Oreal products. Zoe Saldana is the guest judge and we have a long history, meaning I've seen all of her movies and I can't really understand why she gets work (except for her role in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads - opening day, bitches). Even though it's made beautifully, Dmitry's look seems really similar to his other stuff. Sonjia made a green dress with floating bodice pieces. I don't know. Melissa made this leather get-up that frankly looked like a dashboard to me.
Michael (hates it) and Heidi (loves it) really disagree about Sonjia's dress. Zoe Saldana is annoying and I think she should stop it. All of it. I'm completely off in my personal judging. I thought Fabio's was pretty amazing, but maybe I had a stroke or something. Heidi asks everyone why they should go to Fashion Week and who should go with them. Melissa says Sonjia and Fabio. Fabio says Melissa and Christopher. Dmitry says Christopher and Fabio. Christopher says Fabio and Sonjia. Sonjia says Melissa and Dmitry. Jesus, Christopher wins again. Dmitry is in too. Melissa is too. So, it's down to Fabio and Sonjia. My heart is breaking. Fabio is IN! Seriously, I'm so thrilled. That means that Sonjia is out though, which I find completely shocking.
Previously: The designers were enlisted to design baby outfits for Heidi's fashion line for babies. Also, they had to take care of screaming baby dolls, which was fun for practically no one, save Fabio who displayed a caretaker side that was extremely sweet. Heidi said that they made them take care of the babies so they could see what was involved in making clothes for babies, which I think we all know is complete horse shit. I do wish they had been matter of fact about the whole thing and been like, "Designers, we gave you these babies to look after because we like fucking with you."
Sonjia and Christopher won the challenge, while Elena was eliminated. I feel really bad for Elena because I don't feel like she ever got to shine and she's clearly talented. I might be completely overreacting, but I would hate for her to be saddled with some sort of stigma just because she wasn't able to really excel at those challenges. That said, I guess she'll have to console herself with her Fan Favorite victory, which looks inevitable at this point. Scandal alert though: Fabio tweeted something about how the Lifetime website (a veritable briar patch of technology) had some mistake on it that linked votes for him to some weird other Fabio Costa. Frankly, that makes more sense than the idea of these rabid Elena fans voting like mad.
It's morning and Fabio, Christopher and Dmitry are having their daily coffee klatch at the Atlas Building. Fabio says that he can't believe this is the last challenge. Is this the last challenge? Fabio tells us, as if we were tiny babies that he was carrying snuggly in a Baby Bjorn strapped to his chest, that there are only five designers left (shows us his fingers on his hand) and he is one of them (points to his middle finger). Learning moments! He tells Dmitry and Christopher that they are all thinking that they're going to Fashion Week but they need to stay focused because, in actuality, only three will go. Dmitry interviews that it would be devastating to have made it this far in the competition only to be eliminated before Fashion Week. He tells Fabio and Christopher that he hopes that the three of them make it to Fashion Week.
Meanwhile, Sonjia is jellying up some toast while Melissa says that, since she, Fabio and Dmitry have each won one challenge, she feels that it's a competition amongst the three of them to see who goes home during this next challenge. She interviews that she has to step it up for the next challenge, but doesn't she say that every single week? I really like Melissa but her continual inability to adjust to the rigors of this competition is sort of confounding. Also, I find the decor in the Atlas kitchens to be depressing.