Arriving in New York, the designers are informed that they are not part of the show yet. Instead, they have to face a five hour challenge to be a contender. Six of them find themselves in the bottom six, namely April, Casanova, Jason, Ivy, Nicholas and McKell, but only McKell doesn't make it and she is the first designer to be sent home.
Gretchen was the winner of the first challenge. She turned a black blouse into a simple but elegant dress.
Selma Blair: (referring to Casanova's dress) You'd find it in the weird kind of store in the mall that has a name like 'Dazzles'.
Michael Kors: Razzle Dazzle!
Selma Blair: Yeah, 'Razzle Dazzled' where they sell, like, wigs and dresses.
Casanova: (to his L'Oreal Paris Make-up Artist) Okay, I want it, like, big hair...
Make-up Artist: Uh huh...?
Casanova: Big hair, big curls...
Make-up Artist: We're in make-up.