The rest of the designers settle into life at their luxury apartments in Manhattan's Fashion District, but their first night in New York comes to an abrupt end when Tim arrives at 5am with the first challenge of the season. He tells them all to join him in the lobby wearing exactly what they wore to bed. They can also bring one sheet from the bed.
After traipsing through Times Square wearing only their PJs, the designers arrive at Parsons where they are tasked with creating a look using only the clothes they wore to bed. "I usually sleep stark naked so let's thank the heavens I didn't do that," says Anthony Ryan Auld.
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Pan Am actress Christina Ricci joins Heidi, Michael and Nina for the first runway presentation of the season, which will determine which designer heads home. Heidi reminds them that the winner gets a fashion spread in Marie Claire, $100,00 from L'Oreal Paris to start their own line, and a $50,000 technology suite from HP and Intel to help launch and run their business. They will also have the chance to sell their products on Piperlime.com.
The winner of this week's challenge will receive immunity from elimination during next week's task.
Anthony Ryan Auld, Rafael Cox, Joshua Christensen, Anya Ayong-Chee, Bert Keeter and Julie Tierney are named as the top and bottom designers of the week. The rest of the designers are safe until next week.
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He explains that he started off with high leg shorts and a yellow tank top. He transformed the tank top by replacing the yellow with black from trimmings provided, and used the shorts to create a short green skirt with detail on the front. Heidi loves how he made his PJs "unrecognizable", while Michael says people would never guess he is colour-blind from the design because the colours go well together. Nina likes the subtle use of trimmings, while Christina thinks the skirt is a bit short but the proportions work on the model.
Anya transforms her kimono-esque nightdress into a cropped top which reveals the model's back, and uses her bedsheet to make grey silk trousers. Nina thinks making pants that look that "extraordinary" when she only learnt to sew four months ago is amazing. Heidi agrees that she's proved that she can sew, while Christina wants the top for herself. Heidi also points out the pants are beautifully cut around the rear.
Rafael has made jogging pants with a pleated front and a white top with tiered panels at the back. The look is topped by a leopard-print neckpiece made from his neckscarf. Heidi is unimpressed, saying it's "awful" and the neckpiece is like a bib. Michael compares the neckpiece to a Flintstones-style patch and calls the leggings heavy and unflattering. Nina agrees there are fit problems, calling the look "tight and dated". Christina adds the pants are off-putting but calls the shirt "really interesting" and says it shows true craftsmanship.
Bert uses his orange checked boxers and taupe T-shirt to create an asymmetric dress. Heidi is "in love" with the outfit, calling it "sexy, modern and elegant". She also loves the neckline. Nina thinks the dress is feminine and sexy. Meanwhile, Christina praises the proportions and the way it cinches in at the waist, and Michael likes the mix of tones used in the outfit. His only criticism is the styling, saying the model needs to be modernised.
Josh takes his red t-shirt and sweats and creates a jacket hoody with some quilted panels, red t-shirt with manipulated fabric, and white shorts. He wants a fun, summery look, but knows there are some issues with fit. Heidi can see where he had to insert extra fabric in the top to fit the model, and says she doesn't know whether he or Rafael is worse. Nina thinks he needs to show something more imaginative than a tank top and white shorts.
Julie uses her nightwear to design oversized pants paired with an asymmetrical design top made from her PJ bottoms. Heidi admits she had high expectations when she saw Julie's work at casting but this whole outfit is bad. Christina agrees that she is confused, saying the shirt is charming but she would never wear it. Nina hates the elastic holding the pants up, saying the construction is poor and they look weird. Michael thinks the pants' pocket is oddly placed.
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Heidi announces that Bert is the winner of the first challenge. He later says: "I had to keep my right hand in my pocket because it was going crazy and I thought I would have a stroke on the runway! I feel amazing and very relieved!"
Anya and Anthony Ryan are also in, meaning Josh, Julie and Rafael are the bottom three. In the end, it is Rafael who is sent home.
"I definitely enjoyed my time here. Just because I'm off the show doesn't mean the sewing machine is turned off," he says. "It's always something I will strive to do. I'm just going to continue pushing the bar, knocking down doors and breaking down barriers and really fighting for myself as a designer and continuing living my life and dream and continue selling."
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