In the premiere, the designers are put to the test, facing off in two challenges - the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge, judged by the magazine's Special Projects Director Laura Brown, and the elimination challenge. Guest Judge: Elie Tahari
The designers work in teams to create a variety of garments for socialite Tinsley Mortimer's upcoming events. Operating under a strict budget, the teams are responsible for designing a cohesive look - from head to toe - that corresponds with Mortimer's high society fashion needs.
In the Harper's Bazaar mini-challenge, fashion and functionality unite with an eco-friendly challenge that asks the designers to create a new print for Olsenhaus pure vegan shoes. The elimination challenge tackles a common problem women encounter.
Having an eye for detail can make or break any designer and in this week's Harper's Bazaar mini challenge, the designers vision is really put to the test. The elimination challenge this week is all about shape and proportion.
To assess their knowledge of past designers, Mizrahi, Rowland, and Harper's Bazaar's Laura Brown test the designers on fashion icons. Using a signature piece from a legendary artist's repertoire as inspiration, the contestants must create a complete look.
The remaining designers are challenged to create loungewear to complement designer Fernando Sanchez's top selling luxury robes. Questioning their fate, the contestants are then whisked to a Tarot card reader who predicts their future in the competition.
The pressure is on in the mini challenge as contestants must master the art of draping, one of the most difficult and revered skills in the design world. Then, the designers really shine when Swarovski crystals play a role in the elimination challenge.