Everyone heads to Governors Island to meet Tim Gunn and learn about this week's challenge. They have to create three looks inspired by the island that will demonstrate their range. They have an hour to look around and sketch before going to Mood with a budget of $500.
They'll have two days to complete their looks and will be assisted by an eliminated contestant. Tim's button bag is brought out to determine who can pick their partner first and the eventual teams are Kimberly/Becky, Viktor/Olivier, Laura/Anthony Ryan, Anya/Bert and Josh M/Bryce.
Josh is inspired by the military history of the island and its chapel, Viktor is working with the Manhattan silhouette, while Kimberly and Anya are inspired by the sculptures and Laura wants to recreate the circular shapes across the island.
Back in the workroom Bryce notes: "When I left everybody was loving each other, now I'm here it doesn't look like the final five even really talk to each other very much. You can feel the tension."
Tim arrives to check on the designs. He's worried there is too much going on with both Laura and Kimberly's looks (telling Kimberly her dress design resembles the Statue of Liberty), but has more positive feedback for Viktor (very organic, very sophisticated), Josh (taking risks), and Anya (beautiful and unique).
Josh M - Battery/Chapel
He was inspired by having the fragility of a chapel so close to the strength of a military monument. Michael thinks he showed diversity in his range but might have gone too far because the same girl wouldn't wear all three looks.
Zoe likes his white cocktail dress but thinks his evening gown looks like the Statue of Liberty. Heidi thinks the evening gown fabric looks inexpensive, prompting Michael to compare Josh M to a "magpie" and suggest that he is drawn to anything shiny or glittery.
Zoe thinks her dress is youthful and sexy and also seems impressed by the coat, saying: "Wow, you took risks." Michael thinks the brocade dress is the strongest piece but is less enchanted by the coat, saying it's an odd colour. Heidi points out that she doesn't think the same girl would wear all three pieces, although she also loves the brocade dress.
Nina suggests the skirt on her separates look should have been left natural rather than bunched up to create an asymmetric hemline, prompting Kimberly to say she respects their opinions and has done throughout the show. Heidi asks if she is giving a leaving speech but Kimberly says no.
Laura - Circles
Heidi notices Laura seems nervous and Laura breaks down in tears when she says it's because she's dreamed of showing at Fashion Week for a long time. Heidi likes her evening gown but thinks the skirt on her separates looks like it was made last-minute. The second dress is "sweet" but doesn't match the collection.
Nina also likes the lattice-effect of the evening gown but agrees the second dress doesn't match and says the silhouette of the jacket isn't her thing. Zoe isn't keen on the second dress, while Michael says the jacket is "very momish" and the second dress isn't great.
Nina thinks the collection does what Anya intended - shows the clothes from different angles and looks modern. All the judges love the black cocktail dress (Heidi calls it fashion-forward), while Michael appreciates Anya knows how to dress her models by giving them the appropriate clothes. Zoe loves the futuristic cuts of the clothes, although disagrees with the other judges in saying she doesn't particularly like the white evening gown.
Viktor - Manhattan skyline
Heidi's once again amazed at what Viktor can achieve in two days but worries that he doesn't have enough ideas. She says there isn't one piece that goes 'wow' to her. Nina agrees he needs to "turn up the volume" because his skirt and blouse is too "secretarial" for her. Zoe, however, likes the secretarial look but not the cocktail dress with boning on the hips. Michael points out that Viktor's is the most commercial collection and whatever the judges say women would buy it.
Everybody then gets the chance to say who they would bring to Fashion Week if they had the choice before the judges decide which designers will advance in the competition.
Anya is first to go through, followed by Viktor (he needs to pump up the volume) and Josh (he needs to work on his editing), leaving Laura and Kimberly on the runway.
Laura says: "I'm definitely surprised at what went on today. I totally saw myself in the top three. I don't think I deserved to go today. I think I have such a point of view that so many woman want. I'm feeling very grateful for this experience.
"It's nice to have other people around you that are representing such different aesthetics. Overall, this whole experience has made me an even stronger designer than I was before I came here."
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