After last week's team challenge, tension between the designers ran high as they headed to Madison Avenue to learn about their next project. They met Tim at Michael Kors' new boutique in NYC where they were greeted by Michael and the news that Andrea had left the competition in the middle of the night without a word. After a few not-so-reassuring comments from Michael - including "fashion isn't for sissies" - it was back to business. They were presented with the challenge to design a stylish yet versatile look for a woman on-the-go. In an effort to avoid creasing, fabric choices became key.
Once the designers arrived at Parsons, Kooan announced that he'd also decided to leave. Though Kooan was never viewed as one of the more talented - or stable - contestants, the announcement created instant havoc in the workroom. Other contestants started crying and questioning their own commitment to the exhausting weekly challenges. But no one elsed bagged, and they brought back Raul who had been kicked off. No one felt Raul could cut it this time, but most contestants (excluding Ven) were happy to see another face.
The two guest judges were Hollywood and design heavyweights Hayden Panettiere and Rachel Roy. For some inexplicable reason Hayden was obsessed with statement shoulders - or lack thereof - in the designs. But, as always, the ever-stylish Rachel gave sharp advice and criticism.
Dmitry's detailed dress demonstrated major construction skills, but the judges felt he played it a bit too safe. Christopher blended hard and soft to create a chic all-black look that was super-hip and editorial. Sonjia's draped dress took home the win this week, even though Ven created another showstoppper.
There was also bad news. Poor construction coupled with mismatched colors and prints made the judges feel Buffy's taste level and sewing skills weren't up to par. We have to admit, we're kind of relieved. Buffy's jumbled aesthetic has been making us dizzy.
Without her confused creations, the other designers can focus on the task at hand.