‘Runway’ recap: Birds of a feather fly to finale

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imageAre you watching the new “After the Runway” catfight specials after each of the season-closing “Project Runway” episodes? If you’re in it for the drama over the clothes, we highly recommend it.

If you’re in it for the clothes, skip it. “After” features Clearing The Air segments that make the designers relive their show-your-ass moments and fight about it some more. For our taste, we get plenty of Joshua in the regular show, but it’s nice this week to see him squirm and apologize to Becky through crocodile tears. It’s kind of fun too to watch Kimberly rip into Laura about being two-faced, which has been glaring.

Back to the real show. Joshua’s bitchy defense mechanism grows as tiresome as his shellacked grooming habits. So we’re sad during the two most recent runways that he eeks past elimination. With this week’s “mini collection” challenge, that means he’s a finalist. But we get ahead of ourselves.

imageLast week, the Top Six designed looks inspired by exotic birds, and each was pitted against one other contestant. Whoever was on top of the pair was safe, and the bottom three were not necessarily the worst three looks.

Anya sewed her model into her raven-inspired black mini (top photo) and had to cut her out of it to win the challenge. Even so, it trounced Laura’s feathers-and-bird-legs separates set. Kimberly pulled a miracle out of thin air to narrowly defeat Viktor – whose garment we preferred – when they both saw Grecian Goddess in a Cockatiel. Bert hated the bright green parrot and hated the dress he made. So did the judges, giving Joshua too much credit for his neon sack dress (second photo).

In the end, Bert bit the big one and was sent home. He didn’t seem to mind at all. We’re tired of this season too, Bert.

imageEnter this week’s episode, where the remaining five designers are tasked with three looks each, and Joshua is still bitching about Anya’s win. He’s so threatened and so without coping skills that he bullies everyone around him in attempt to feel better about himself. In his spare time, he creates two of the worst garments of the season and one passable — but not great — cocktail mini.

Luckily for him, Kimberly and Laura aren’t on their games. Laura’s “Circles Gone Wild” idea (third photo) is disjointed, and Kimberly’s execution and color choices are uncharacteristically off the mark. Viktor smokes everybody (bottom photo) with an impeccably tailored, cohesive collection that also shows range.

We have begged for Laura’s elimination for weeks, and we finally get it, but Joshua’s dumpy majorette and glittery Statue of Liberty are actually worse. For that matter, so is our girl Kimberly’s collection, but her silver dress saves her booty in a big way.

imageSo who goes to Fashion Week? We know: None of them are amazing, so who cares? Well, we have to. No one is named the winner, but Anya and Viktor get the nod for the finals, natch. Inexplicably, the judges give Joshua a pass as well. Let’s hope with extra time to create that he bedazzles the hell out of his collection and embarrasses himself when he returns to the runway.

In an unexplained twist, Kimberly is in and will create a collection, but only three of the designers will show at Fashion Week. Hopefully, it’s a Girls vs. Gays walk-off death match that determines the final three.

Click any image for a larger view, and check out all of the looks from the bird challenge and the mini-collections challenge on the show’s “Rate the Runway” page.

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