When Heidi cryptically told the designers that they'd have to "spread [their] wings" in the next challenge, they assumed it might have something to do with skydiving. Okay, we might have had a stilts challenge this season, but I don't think we're down to the gimmicky lows ofAmerica's Next Top Model just yet. Instead, Tim announces that the challenge involves something much scarier: pairing up in twos. And even scarier: birds. (By the way, did anyone else think fondly of Anthony Ryan'sshiny birdseed dress from the pet store challenge? I'm still mad about that — it totally should have beaten Olivier's bathroom rug outfit).
What a horrifying challenge. Let me just say it: Birds are freaking creepy. There's something about their soulless eyes, sharp beaks, cold feathers, and relation to dinosaurs. The pairs are each assigned a bird that's supposed to inspire their designs and color palettes. Viktor and Kimberly get the cockatoo, which has soft, romantic coloring. (I've been weirded out by cockatoos ever since the very freaky and irritating Talkatoo from Zoobilee Zoo). Anya and Laura get the "seductive, stoic" raven, which is really nothing other than a harbinger of death. Lastly, the green Amazonian parrot goes to Joshua and Bert, who totally talks smack about his bird's outfit. Bert doesn't see "high fashion" in the parrot's garish plumage — instead, he sees "dime store" and "carnivale" — and I have to agree. Seriously, who styled this bird? Other than God, evolution, or intelligent design. There, I offended nobody and everybody. Read More...http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/project-runway-season-9-episode-11/