In the season two premiere, 12 designers arrive in New York City to compete for the chance to win a prize of $125,000. After meeting the judges - fashion icon Iman, internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi and Special Projects Director at Harper's Bazaar Laura Brown - they are shocked to learn that for the duration of the competition they will be split into two teams and competing as dueling fashion houses. In their very first challenge, each house must create a complete and cohesive line inspired by the fashion career of Iman.
The designers are in need of a "self examination" when they are challenged to complete a line inspired by the inner workings of the human body. While one house struggles, the other house works seamlessly together as they create reversible looks that mirror the traveling Bodies Exhibit.
This week's challenge is to make a collection for a modern day femme fatale, and the designs must be appropriate for night clubs, lairs and other after-hours haunts. While the designers get into touch with their inner seductress, they must also adapt to some changes.
The designers go back to the future this week. After meeting Iman at the National History Museum, they each select a time capsule containing items and accessories from a specific year. While going back in time to get their inspiration, the challenge is to create a new, fashion-forward looks that incorporate that timeless pattern, plaid.
The designers take a field trip to New Jersey where they are granted access to the lost and found area at Hoboken train station. From these items, each house must present a cohesive collection of weekend looks.
With just one more challenge left, the pressure is on the remaining designers to deliver their best work if they want to make it to the finale. Inspiration takes them back to the basics as they must create looks based on earth, wind, and water.
There are no more fashion houses, just individual designers going head to head. Each remaining contestant presents a complete collection of cohesive looks for the chance to win $125,000 furnished by TRESemmé. Who will have the Ultimate Collection?