The judges mull. They think Irina's outfit was wearable and chic and looked really luxe. They also love Althea's look because she created something architectural but cozy. It was impeccably crafted, too. Carol Hannah's cocktail dress rounds out the top three. They think it is young and beautiful and refined with a quiet elegance that all of them could wear. Nick doesn't argue, so I won't either. They move on to the designers with the lower scores. Logan's look is universally derided as being the '80s idea of the future. Nina calls it an indulgent fashion student project. Heidi remembers that she told Logan to let the judges know who he is and unfortunately he is zippers. (I am Zippers! Here me roar!) Zippers might be the worst clown name ever. Gordana's attempt at edgy elegance was so sad that no one really wants to talk about it. Christopher's dress incites giggles because it was just so misguided. Too many petals, too much material, bedskirts! The have made their decision. The challenged file back on to the runway for judgment.
Heidi reminds the designers that one will be in and one will be out. The designers manage to avoid shrugging or rolling their eyes, which is actually pretty impressive considering how impatient they must be at this point. Carol Hannah is safe. She smiles and leaves the runway. Althea stares down the judges like if they pronounce Irina the winner her hair will leap from its place and strangle them all. The judges take the threat seriously and announce that Althea is the winner of the challenge. Althea's hair settles down as the judges explain that they all wanted Althea's outfit for themselves. Althea readily agrees to the bribe and heads backstage to make her victory lap into Carol Hannah's open arms. Oh Carol Hannah don't be nice to her! She accused you of never making pants! You can't be friends with someone like that. Althea pretends not to understand what Irina was accusing her of, but then tries to distinguish between her hours-long screed against Logan and his collar and the unfounded and cruel accusation made against her by Irina. The difference is that she talked about Logan behind his back, while Irina did it in public. Oh, right. In the end though, she doesn't care, because she won and Irina didn't nyah nyah nyah. Back on the runway, Irina shrugs and accepts her runner's up pass to the next round of competition. I would call it the Miss Congeniality spot, but Irina SO isn't congenial.