“Project Runway” Recap: A Bird-Brained Proposition

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The Challenge: Design two high-fashion looks inspired by one of three birds: cockatoo, Amazon parrot, or raven. Make it work!
The Drama: This week, designers were pitted against one another in head-to-head bird-brained battles. Joshua and Bert were assigned the Amazon parrot for inspiration, Laura and Anya the raven, and Viktor and Kimberly the cockatoo. Bert was the least thrilled by this proposition, mostly because his dumb-dumb bird was, as he put it, “short,” “dumpy,” and “dime-store looking.” Ouch.
Kimberly was uninspired, too, and a little emotionally unstable. Maybe it was the influx of wild animals in the workroom that rattled her (first there were birds, then an intrepid cockroach), but Kimberly brought us our second crying-in-the-bathroom scene of the season and then returned to the workroom only to stitch her finger. To top it off, she burned a hole in her cockatoo-inspired dress hours before the show and had to scrap the design. Ultimately, she pulled it together and whipped up a last-minute white Grecian-goddess gown (in three hours!) that the judges loved.
Joshua, meanwhile, is rapidly losing patience with Anya’s lack of sewing skills, especially since she keeps winning challenges despite having to sew models into and cut them out of her designs. Our Magic 8 Ball says Joshua’s resentment is just the tip of the iceberg; the other contestants will likely be chiming into the anti-Anya chorus as the finals get closer.
Bert went home this week, thanks to his dumpy, dumb bird. We’ll miss you, Bert, but your bird surely won’t.
The Winner: Anya Ayoung-Chee
Other Looks We Liked: Kimberly’s goddess dress, even though the peekaboo cleavage is a bit much.
Quotes of the Night:

“This is like saying ‘Hello sexy dot com.’”—Viktor, demonstrating how a little website speak can simultaneously enhance and confuse a compliment.  
“I hate this bird.”—Bert Keeter zinger.

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Designer: Anya Ayoung-Chee




Designer: Laura Kathleen




Designer: Viktor Luna




Designer: Kimberly Goldson




Designer: Joshua McKinley




Designer: Bert Keeter