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'Runway' designers show good taste with gelato-inspired challenge

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Jerell Scott and Mondo Guerra try to get in the mood for designing on "Project Runway All Stars."

We're down to the last ten designers on "Project Runway All Stars," though I'm sure we're not down to our last wacky design challenge. It seems that each week the designers are put through the paces for our amusement, but with little opportunity to highlight their actual skills.

I guess making these guys show us how they can create evening gowns for Muppets or constructed from plastic knives or while wearing blindfolds makes things easier for the judges (she sent a model down the runway naked -- she's out!), I'm not sure it's determining who's the best designer. But then, I guess reality TV doesn't really care about that, anyway. 

This week's challenge is all about taste. Literally. They must create a tasteful outfit inspired by gelato. 

Michael nabs grapefruit.

Mondo picks cantaloupe.

Mila selects milk and sour cherries.

April chooses blueberry.

Jerell picks fruits of the forest.

Kenley grabs passionfruit.

Austin picks vanilla Madagascar.

Anthony selects green tea.

Rami wanted kiwi.

Kara gets chocolate with cayenne pepper. She feels like the little kid in the park whose ice cream fell off. Because she has to use chocolate brown? Boo-hoo! I'd rather get stuck with chocolate than kiwi, honestly. But go ahead and cry over your spilt ice cream, Kara.

Diane Von Furstenberg will be guest judging. Michael is about to pee himself he's SUCH a fan. I could do without the hyperventilating, Michael. We get it. You LOVE her. And if seeing Diane in the flesh isn't enough to make Michael need a fresh pair of underwear, the revelation that the designers only have six hours to create a design should. Yet another challenge that just can't yield great results. What are we going to see? A bunch of shift dresses, muumuus and nighties?

Our poor designers don't even get a chance to go to Mood -- instead MiniMood is set up in their lounge. This means they also don't have access to everything they want. April can't find black jersey and has to re-imagine her whole outfit.

Michael thinks Mila's decision to work in red and white instead of black and white is really refreshing. Wow, I think that's pretty pathetic. She added a color to her design aesthetic! Call a medic! 

The designers work frantically until it's time for Joanna Coles to visit. She brings gelato to each designer in the flavor that's their inspiration. She asks Kara if she thinks she has it right. Wow, that's so not helpful. She asks April how she can have a fashion moment if she's working within her comfort zone. She has six hours! Hey, Joanna, instead of playing therapist, why not GIVE ADVICE? I have never missed Tim Gunn so much. Dump "The Revolution" and come back, Tim! We need you!

Read the full recap at HitFix.com.

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