Project RunwayWhen Heidi Klum said they'd be designing for a socialite in the promos for tonight's episode, of course everyone thought Paris Hilton

. But think about it: They already did skimpy lingerie last week, so they probably wanted to do something with a little bit more material than what Paris would likely wear. Plus, how likely is it that she'd appear on a Bravo show? Nicky, on the other hand, has that whole fashion angle going on. I don't know if it's the desire to design for a Hilton or the stress of all those cuts, but the claws are starting to show. There was all that chaos in the workroom over stolen mannequins and fabric. Then there's Nick and Santino's bitchy rivalry showing up in every confessional. In addition to being entertaining TV (their expressions are great), it's making them turn out their best every single time. The competition that I don't get, however, is this contrived one between the models. We're given no glimpses of their personalities or examples of how they're supposedly muses for their designers, so every time one gets eliminated and Heidi looks all sad about it, I feel like, "Uh, so what?" I do pity poor Marla, on the other hand. She reminds me of the girl in fifth grade who plagiarized her short story from a Sweet Valley High book without realizing it. Marla was actually surprised when Tim pointed out that she'd copied Nicky's Chloe dress, and by that time it was too late to do anything about it. So why didn't she get the boot instead of risk-taking Lupe? Just like Raymundo in the Barbie challenge, she was punished for being too original. Meanwhile, bland Emmett (I swear I can't remember a single design of his) and floundering Marla remain in. Nick, Santino and Chloe clearly kick everyone else's tailored butts each week, but I hope that before the game is up, there's a challenge that allows "Dirty" übernerd Diana to show us what she can do. Sure, I'd never wear her experimental gear, but it's so refreshing to see it in contrast to the fashion industry's relentless recycling of decades past. Sabrina Rojas Weiss

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