The remaining 11 designers embark on an overnight camping trip, from which they must use their experiences in nature to inspire a runway look.

By Jacqueline Andriakos
August 23, 2013 at 05:30 AM EDT
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The big hair, big makeup styling makes Karen’s model look trashy. Heidi mentions that the leather neck and shoulder detail has been done over and over. The ill-fitting safari gown is paired with cowboy, fringed booties, making Nina question whether or not the dress really fits any occasion. And no judge questions the awkward yellow dye job?


“B-O-R-I-N-G,” spells Nina. Yikes. The ’80s hair and make up don’t match the heavy wool sheath dress, but Ken claims he was attempting to portray Mother Nature herself. The layering on the chest adds distracting and unnecessary weight to the bust area, which Allison admits most women would prefer to avoid. And on a catty note, did anyone else catch that little flash of glee and subtle smirk from Alexandria during Ken’s roast?


Words from the judges include “frothy,” “Halloween,” and “foaming vagina.” Despite the negative remarks, Zac admits that he appreciates the attempt at creativity. And he also likes the color, which he describes as very modern. Unfortunately, the overall garment resembles a witch costume dipped into a bubble bath.



“Read it to us!” Heidi exclaims when she learns that the dress features the transcribed love letter. Allison Williams adores the delicate button detailing up the sides, while Zac comments on the well-executed fit. Jeremy’s “loved up” emotions during this challenge projected right onto the judging panel, because they all fell in love with his gown and concept as well.


“The fit is absolutely ridiculous,” says Heidi — but in a good way! Ms. Klum isn’t sold on the leather train, but Allison loves everything about the dress. Zac, on the other hand, finds the gown to be simple and not as wow-worthy. But at least the ladies of panel jump in to back up Alexander’s design, praising him for the nuances of the dress, including his hand-painted details and leather trim.


Her modern take on a denim jacket turned a classic closet staple into a luxurious and editorial piece. The back detail was executed to perfection, according to Nina, and even Zac is turned onto a style he typically hates: “Heidi, you know that I have an issue with poopy pants,” he warns, “They totally were sold to me on the runway. I love them!” Her artistic and risky take on a sporty look not only snagged the squeaky blonde a top three spot, but also a challenge win!

Now let’s discuss this ending:

The bottom two comes down to Justin and Karen, one with a foaming Halloween costume, and the other with a belted bed sheet of a maxi dress. I was shocked to hear the judges select Karen to remain in the competition, leaving a choked up Justin eliminated on the runway. The back room was full of tears, as the designers were brokenhearted saying goodbye to their sweet and genuine friend. And who else was choked up? Tim Gunn. The emotional mentor had a big announcement for the group: He is using his Tim Gunn rescue.

I’m thrilled to see Justin earn another opportunity to prove himself in the competition, and I genuinely think that this horrendous gown was an anomaly for the designer. I’m also ecstatic that we had a very design-driven episode!

Do you think Karen should have received the boot instead of Justin? Is anyone surprised by the Tim Gunn rescue? Discuss!

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