When we are back, Austin is sewing away. His design looks beautiful. He says that he really focused on making it a functional swimsuit. Wendy reminds us that the challenge must be completed in less time than previous challenges have been allotted. In an interview, Kevin describes his design as "avant-garde/classic." Or, more succinctly, "everything." He explains that there will be a tuxedo swimsuit, with a "scuba" mini skirt. Kevin adds that you have to tell yourself that your design is a winner in order to pull it off without any mistakes. He doesn't look like he believes himself.
Jay walks past the Fashion Cemetery (which now contains Nora's wedding dress) on his way into the Workshop. He says that he smoked a cigarette and, in that time, figured out what he needed to do. He interviews, "Yeah, my cigarette's my savior. They should call them a pack of saviors." Sweet Jesus, that guy is funny.
Tim Gunn enters at 4:45 to tell them he will be back in fifteen minutes. Everyone scrambles. Kara Saun says, as everyone is hunched over a sewing machine, that she has a feeling that "something" is going to happen at 5pm. She's right. Tim stops them at 5pm and announces that the designers will be taking their swimsuit-clad models to a party at Hiro, which is in The Maritime Hotel. He adds that being a successful fashion designer requires getting your name in the press. Luckily, Richard Johnson of Page Six is going to be at the party. Getting his attention will be part of the challenge. Whoever gets mentioned in Page Six will be the winner of the challenge.
The designers all start fitting their models. Jenny says that she feels lucky that she got Kara Saun. Austin is glad he has Melissa, who is comfortable with her body and able to work a party. We see Robert speaking Russian to Olga, which I guess should be no surprise, since he spent three years living there. Assorted designers talk about how important publicity is to the fashion designer. Wendy is dressing Martinique in her design. It, of course, resembles Wendy's other designs. Because Wendy Pepper is a hack. She tries to get Martinique to wear the thong she made. Martinique's restrained, professional reply is, "Is there any way I can have more coverage?" Of course, Wendy is highly annoyed that Martinique doesn't want to show tina to the whole world. Alexandra's bikini bottom is far too small. Erin, Alexandra's model, is possibly one of the thinnest people I have ever seen, and she's squeezing out of the suit. Julia says, as she is introduced to Jay's suit, "I'm glad I shaved my bikini line." Morgan tells Kevin that she is glad she is not wearing Jay's suit. Yeah, no one cares, Morgan. She also says to Kevin about his suit, "What would you do if I lost it?"