The challenge this week is for the designers to create a look inspired by a distinct NYC neighborhood. And, Collier Strong is there! He's performing his usual task of helping the designers create a make-up look for their design. They work in teams of two and have to create both a look for day and a look for evening. Emilio is immediately begging the reality competition gods to not have Mila as a partner. Anthony chooses Maya to work with, Amy chooses Jonathan (I was as happy about this pairing as they were!), Emilio chooses Seth Aaron, and Jay is stuck with Mila. He's apoplectic about the situation. She's not happy, either. Didn't know that those two hated each other [Emilio sure did. - Zach], but that's terrific. In reverse order, they choose one of four neighborhoods offered to them. Jay and Mila choose the East Village, Emilio and Seth Aaron choose Harlem, and Jonathan and Amy choose the Upper East Side, which leaves Anthony and Maya with Chinatown. They visit their inspirational neighborhoods for a half hour. Different problems arise for each group -- clashing styles and personalities. Per usual, everyone has serious time management issues. Francisco Costa from Calvin Klein and model Molly Sims were the guest judges. Amy/Jonathan and Mila/Jay have the lowest scores, which is crazy to me since I thought Amy/Jonathan's stuff was pretty rad. Seth Aaron and Emilio get kudos, though the judges wonder a little if they went overboard. Nina loves the Anthony/Maya collaboration, because it was tasteful and restrained. Maya's day look got a little more praise. Wow, they really hate what Amy did. Emilio AND Seth Aaron win the challenge. But, I don't think they win anything. The bottom two are my picks for this season's winner! Amy is out. BIG POOP. Balls.
Previously: The designers were challenged to be inspired by one of the four elements. Ben was a disaster from the get-go. Amy made this hair-filled piece that was a not appreciated. Ben tearfully exited.
It's a bouncily edited morning at the Atlas Building. Amy says that it's time for her to get back in the game. She has been off for the last couple of challenges. So says she. I know that her hair suit was a mess, but I still admire her for having the crazy balls to even think of it. Mila and Maya are having hair-ironing time. Mila, bless her heart, resembles a desiccated version of that woman from the "Father Figure" video. All severe hair and stern face. Guys, we've found a theme for the season in George Michael videos! Praise be. Mila says that it's time for her to redeem herself. Maya replies that she finally would like to win a challenge. She interviews that she's jealous that she hasn't won a challenge. Also, I'm realizing that the model from the "Father Figure" video is the meeting point of Maya and Mila. Everyone has won a challenge but her.
At the runway, Heidi shows off her math prowess and announces that HALF of the designer have been eliminated. Sounds like someone's plotting a move to Blue's Clues. I don't know why I lashed out at Heidi like that. She says that, for this challenge, they want the designers to get into a "New York state of mind." They're designing for Billy Joel! Awesome. I recommend a breathalizer holster. Tim will give them the details. Anthony is the poor stooge who they make ponder what Heidi's clue could mean. He's awesome. He says that, well, he doesn't know what she means. So, he'll just wait to find out from Tim before filling his mind with unnecessary thoughts. Take that.
In the workroom, Tim greets the designers and is joined by teddy bear, Collier Strong. Tim explains that the designers will be using New York City as a point of departure for this challenge. "Yes!" exclaims Mila in a kiss-assy sort of way. "Yes," says Tim. And, they will be sent out into the city. This gets everyone excited, because they'll be free, for a short time at least, of the ankle weights and electric fences used by the production team of Project Runway. They will be going to one of four neighborhoods that have been selected for their cultural significance and their impact on fashion. The neighborhoods are Chinatown, East Village, Upper East Side and Harlem. Emilio hoots. He interviews that he really should win this challenge because he's from New York. If he doesn't win, it will be a real disappointment for him and his "people."