Project Runway recap: Suede Shoe Diaries

Someone quits, a reject returns, and the designers create clothes to throw on top of Heidi's sneakers
Ep. 05 | Aired Aug 25, 2011

NEW BALANCING ACT Overcome by the horror of wearing sneakers, Tim Gunn struggles to remain upright.

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You could tell something was off about Cecilia when she refused to come "look at the presents." Or wear any clothes. Or get out of bed. Or even open her eyes! I was so relieved she quit within the first few minutes of this week's episode, because by that point the whole Cecilia production was reeeeeeeeally painful to watch. Poor girl seemed to be in constant crisis — not really about whether to remain in the competition, but about whether she'd like to spend the next few seconds awake.

The only bright spot in the whole Cecilia tragedy — aside from the triumphant return of Josh Christensen — was that when she claimed she "tried her best to get out" of the competition during last week's Nina Garcia challenge, Heidi thought maybe she just didn't want to run a lap. Oh, and I also giggled when Bert asked Cecilia to clarify: "You're not gonna stay in the comp?"

Comp!

The contestants — sickened that they had become the answer to one of life's eternal questions, "Who wears short shorts?" —  gathered 'round Tim and his tie-dyed monster friend at the center of an indoor track to kick off a 90-minute-long commercial for New Balance. In order to determine the four team captains, these suckers would have to run. The task proved too much to handle for Olivier, who crumbled to the clay mid-lap as if this were a speed-skating or hurdles race instead of a wimpy turkey trot for fashion designers.

From the way Heidi delighted in inspecting Olivier's skinned knees, I'm guessing she was the one responsible for the tragic (and hilarious, I'M SORRY) slow-motion replay of Olivier's crash. But since she jumped in there and ran the last few meters with Bert in decidedly non-New Balance heels, Heidi can pretty much do whatever she wants. She then continued to torture Olivier about the fall — and his subsequent panic attack — later, warning Kimberly "We don't want the paramedics to have to come again" after Kimberly executed a very impressive high kick on her way over to team captain Bryce.

NEXT: Bert and Becky get iced out

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