LAST EDITED ON 01-28-12 AT 01:59 PM (EST)
The challenge was to make an outfit in exactly six hours that was inspired by an assigned gelato flavor. Guest judges were Diane von Furstenburg and Miranda Kerr.
Despite the fact that the entire panel except for Isaac Mizrahi agreed that Mondo's canteloupe-inspired dress was the best, the winner was Michael Costello for a colorless dress that more closely resembled pajamas. Surprising outcome, to say the least. And, despite the fact that Kara Janx sent a horrible look down the runway that Jerell Scott accurately tagged as a "pregnant cupcake", April Johnston was eliminated for an almost-as-bad and poorly-constructed blueberry minidress that barely covered the model's posterior. Barely.
Can't complain about April's ousting, but Michael's win seemed to be a strange choice. However, all of the designs reflected the limitations of the six-hour time frame, and it was hard to see what the judges wanted (except for Kara and April, who were clearly the two worst).
Edited to add: Four challenges, four male winners (Rami, Austin, Michael C. twice); four female boots (Elise, Sweet P, Gordana, April). Interesting.