Under the Gunn, Episode 9: "Trouble in the Lounge"
As usual, Nick began this episode as an extremely hands-on mentor until Tim stepped in and put things into perspective. Still, Anya and Mondo felt the need to confront the judges about their concerns once Nick left the runway.
The designers entered the workroom to find a table full of scented objects, from apples and flowers to candles and air fresheners. The inspiration for this challenge was Glade's customizable plug-in air fresheners, which are unique in that they allow you to switch between two distinct fragrances daily. As a result, the designers were challenged to create a look that could instantly transition from day to night on the runway. They were each given $250 and one day to complete their designs.
The guest judge this week was recording artist Macklemore. Shan was once again in the top with a high-fashion, elegant dress that was seasonless, powerful, and would be flattering on many women. Natalia and Oscar were the two contenders for the win, however. Natalia's look was classy and sophisticated while Oscar's truly had it all--the perfect fabric, construction, and design. Oscar ended up winning this challenge while Michelle was sent home. As anticipated, this decision didn't go over so well with the mentors. After Anya and Mondo confronted Nick in the mentor's lounge about how they didn't believe Natalia deserved to be in the competition, they shared these concerns with the judges on the runway.
On to the designs...
Oscar's winning design (team Nick):
Natalia's design (team Nick):
Shan's design (team Anya):