[edit: thanks to mensa member i got rid of an unfortunate accent on "forte". you can read about it in the comments]
the challenge: the four remaining designers had to come up with a garment that would represent their signature style, vow the judges, and could be shot for elle magazine. you'd think that after making dresses out of coffee filters and recycling bags and after designing for pageant contestants, mothers, style icons, and dogs this would have been a piece of cake, but not so. the results were uniformly ...underwhelming. the only design the judges liked was uli's mini dress, the one that had made even jeff feel pretty and romantic. there must have been some unicorn hairs woven into the fabric. that's probably why uli decided to use it again for her final collection.
in addition to making a dress, the designers had to describe their style in a provocative, irreverent, glamourous, adventurous, or sultry headline, and here's what they came up with:*
(a) COME, LIFELONG ENDURANCE CAGE!the judges found it hard to decide who should be out -- not because everyone did great, but because three out of four did not so great. in the first cozy-wozy twist in PR history, they decided not to eliminate anybody and to send them all to olympus fashion week. dear, if uneventful.
(b) COVERT VETERINARIAN, EVICT OR ROMP!
(c) UVENTFUL, IF DEAR!
(d) ESSENTIAL NURSE, SLY US SIXTY!
*the designers had to come up with three-word slogans (not with headlines), which i fed to an anagram generator. (a) is laura's slogan (her tree words were elegance, glamour, confidence), (b) is jeff's (irreverent, provocative, romantic), (c) is uli's (life, adventure, fun), (d) is michael's (sexiness, sultry, sensuality).