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By kim_messina Tue., Apr. 2, 2013 ,12:53 pm EDT

With salability behind us we embark on our new journey of creativity! This is perhaps one of the most creative "realistic" challenges of the season: the HP create your own print challenge. Truly what makes this so exciting is that it’s every designers dream to begin to create, manufacture and design using your own customs prints. It can give you an edge and an identity as a designer in this industry and its just flat out a heck of a lot of fun and more motivational to work with something that you created yourself!

With inspiration from the Guggenheim museum and a headache for me from Patricia and Layana, I would have eliminated a few designers with a quick nudge from the top floor of the gorgeous building and call it a day! I mean eventually there has to be elimination so it would naturally just be moving things along! Right!?

I was honestly starting to feel bad for Richard as the episode unfolded. I would have taken the time to sew a body bag to put Patricia in if she kept hounding me for a design, as if she truly ever has one in mind herself. Love the women’s textile techniques to death, but really go back into her design rolodex for the season thus far…have you been blown away?

Side note: From experience you may have a design idea in mind; however as the challenges and work room time constraints tick away designs have to naturally change at points to complete them and sometimes it is actually for the better! With that said, being completely lost for a design idea is EXTREMELY frightening. I would compare it to a writer’s block if you are having trouble understanding the picture I am trying to paint.

Speaking of painting, it’s always interesting to have to show an avant-garde look and then a ready to wear look that has a clear reference and influence to one another. It can either be a beautiful marriage or something that looks entirely divorced! There was a clear divorce between Richard’s chef hat skirt and Patricia’s ghost of Christmas past costume, but I find the culpability of that within horrible communication between the two. I do believe Richard had pulled an Elvis and "already left the building" mentally, but I also think since Patricia wanted to take on the outrageous avant-garde look, she should have been better able to articulate the vision she was going for. I can imagine that was quite hard with all the voices that seem to be having a conference call inside her head. She wanted us to believe she knew the direction she was going to make Richard look inept when ultimately she just wanted to play preschool and paint her textile, while blowing smoke up our butts.

Speaking of blowing smoke, Layana started the forest fire this week thinking Smokey the Bear was going to come and save her! She put up such a stink in the Guggenheim because she felt she would be best to carry out the avant-garde look and Richard would be better at the ready to wear look. Well baby, he did just that, and when he felt he should be the winner of your duo, Niagara Falls appears and suddenly you have the "I feel betrayed" card thrown out on the table. Haven’t you ever been to a casino love? The house always wins!

As for the pairing of Michelle and Stanley it looks as though it paid off for Stanley. It was a good match seeing how Michelle’s contemporary rock edge gave life to Stanley’s once again 50s reference! I mean I think to date he’s referenced his look to this era 4 or 5 times this season. The question remains, what did Michelle gain from working with him? I would guess patience and a better understanding of the 50s!

It’s sad to see Richard go, because I don’t think it was his talent that ejected him&151;it was ultimately the intensity of the competition. As he said during his Skype chat with his friend,"This competition takes more endurance then you think." That’s very true. You got to have the endurance to keep with all your fierce and yes girl moments, or the psychological side of the show, the people and the competition can EAT YOU ALIVE! LOL I really let myself go as though I’m writing a Stephen King novel about a competition eating people alive! How silly of me. Did I think this was as dangerous as "Survivor"!? Any who boos, Top 5, and can’t wait to see what next!

Does anyone have their Top 3 predictions? Let me know your comments and thoughts! XOXO