With Kara gone, there seem to be two camps. Kenley and Austin vs. everyone else. I guess I’m Team Kaustin? They meet Angela at the UN building to hear about the next challenge. Their challenge is to design a dress based on the colors of the flag of one of the major world regions. Mondo chooses Jamaica, Michael chooses Greece, Mila chooses Papua New Guinea, Jerell gets India, Austin goes with Seychelles (admission: never freaking heard of that country) and Kenley gets Chile. So, they’re also required to base their designs on the culture of the country they got. OK, Austin is wearing this sort of French sailor outfit that’s so cute and that needs to be said.
Mondo stresses -- quite accurately I believe -- that the real difficulty of the challenge is not getting too literal. Poor Austin has the hardest time. He has a ton of freaking colors. Joanna comes in for a consultation and declares that it’s the most talented room in the history of Project Runway. Sorry Kara! She asks Mondo how a bra is meant to be worn with his design and he says it’s supposed to be worn bra-free. Wrong answer! Michael’s dress can’t be worn with a bra either and Joanna really has a problem with this. She says that women WANT to wear underwear. People are getting bolder talking shit about each other's designs, though Austin does say some kind things about Mila’s design. Kenley uses polka dots again, which...sorry, I just don’t mind. Mila hates that Kenley always uses the same silhouette every time. Mondo doesn’t even know why she’s still there. He tells Michael, to his face, that his dress is “Greece Frightening.” Clever.
Everybody really scrambles to finish their designs. Everybody thinks that Michael’s gown looks like a pageant gown. Austin thinks that Jerell’s gown is vulgar, tasteless and hideous. Ouch. Mila’s schizo half and half gown looks like a costume that someone might wear to perform the Lady Gaga/Beyonce hit “Telephone” on the erstwhile lip syncing showcase Puttin’ On The Hits. I’m completely right about that, FYI.
Catherine Malandrino, the French designer, is the guest judge this week! She’s pretty! So, Mondo only has a tiny strip in the back of his gown that represents Jamaica and I don’t think that was stupid. Mila’s gown is interesting, though seriously weird. Kenley’s is Kenley but I think looks like Chile. Michael’s looks like what happens when you’re naked in bed and someone rings your doorbell. Austin’s is sadly unfinished and Jerell’s is just ugly. Isaac warns Kenley that she needs to make a dress that looks different. It seems like the judges aren’t really wild about any of the dresses.
Michael is safe. Mondo wins the challenge. Whatevs. Kenley is in. Austin is safe! Wow, that was close. So, it’s down to Jerell and Mila. They felt that Jerell’s look was a costume. They thought that Mila’s design was awkward. Jerell is...safe! Shit. Mila is OUT. That’s surprising, right?
Previously: The designers created a look for the Broadway revival of Godspell. Mondo won the challenge (specially judged by the amazing Sutton Foster) and Kara, having danced with boring and safe one too many times, hoofed it out of there.
Mila begins the show by telling us that she feels that the judges, though they hate her work, admire her for her risk-taking, as opposed to Kara's safe-playing approach. I hope she realizes that she just described herself as the winner in a lesser-of-two-evils sort of situation. Kenley and Austin are sitting on the couch together at the Flatotel and Kenley says to Austin that she's not sure how things are going to be now without Kara. Austin interviews that Kara deserves to be in the competition more than Jerell or Mila. Wow. Jerell I can definitely see. I don't get any of it. But, he says "definitely design-wise" and I'm not sure that pertains to Mila. She can be a bore, but there's something precise about her vision. I'm actually torn about her this season. She has become a bit rigid about her "brand" and that's not incredibly interesting, but I can't say that I really blame her. Is reality getting in the way of my enjoyment of reality television? Wah. All of that said, Kenley and Austin apparently pronounce Kara's name in two different ways. Who's right? The pedestrian "eh" versus the continental "ah"? Someone contact Janx. We needs to know. Austin tells Kenley that he thinks it might be difficult to get inspired with Kara's presence, which I think may be the biggest compliment that anyone has ever given her. And, you can't really take that away from a person, can you? But, he says that he and Kenley have each other, so they will carry on.
The designers meet Angela on the lawn of the United Nations Building. Clever. As a piece of design, that building is like top 5 in New York. It's freaking sublime. Michael says, "We're at the UN. How cool is that? I've never been there before." Heh. I don't know. There's something really funny about that line to me. It's as if someone was like, "Look Michael, we're all ready to go home. But, NO ONE is leaving this room until you say something about the UN Building in present tense. No, I get it! You have no feelings about the place, YOU'VE MADE THAT CLEAR. But, you're going to say something about it. You reach down into that mind of yours and you find something. Hey! Think of something you've heard someone else say! It doesn't matter! Anything! Now, look, you can keep on crying or you can look into this fucking camera and say something about that damn building as if you're there even though you're here and you will do it in 3...2...fucking do it."