July 30th, 2010 / posted by paularath

Last night’s premier episode of season 8 of Project Runway offered a five-hour challenge, the shortest in the history of the show. As a former fashion designer, I know I would barely be able to sketch a design, select fabric and begin the bare-bones of constructing a garment in five hours. What a whammy of a challenge for the first episode. Whew!

Andy South, who hails from Waianae. Photo courtesy of Project Runway.

Clearly some of the designers were daunted with the time constraints. Waianae’s own Andy South, however, proved himself a style star. He managed to pull off an entire ensemble, elegant, sophisticated and Asian-inspired, that easily won him a spot on episode two.  As a student at HCC Andy was known as a whiz with the sewing machine. I don’t think time will be an issue for him in any of the challenges.

Ivy Higa, formerly a UH Manoa student, now lives in New York. Photo courtesy of Project Runway.

Sadly, Ivy Higa, a local girl who now designs in New York, did not fare so well last night. She nearly got eliminated due to a pair of print pants. The judges needed to see more of a transformation – the ugly duckling pants into a thing of beauty. But all they saw was ugly pants with a ruching detail. There’s no question that Ivy can do beautiful work. Hopefully she will show her talent to her advantage next week.

– Paula Rath

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July 30th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Congratulations on your blog! I’ll be sure to pass it on to friends and family.

July 31st, 2010 at 1:28 am

It’s so inspiring to see local talent compete on an international platform. I’m looking forward to the next episode!

Patrice Collins
July 31st, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Thank you and congratulations on your blog. I look forward to more exciting and interesting posts on the fashion world in Hawaii and beyond. Project Runway has a very interesting and diverse mix of designers this season. I was not surprised to see the results of Andy’s first project. He showed speed, dexterity and vision, I can’t wait to see more. Ivy will do better from here on, this experience in the first episode may have helped her shed some of her “over confident” air for lack of a better term.

Martha Randolph
August 5th, 2010 at 2:34 am

I saw the show and I think Ivy may have just misunderstood what was required of her. As a person who doesn’t always think like others do I appreciated what sounded like a misunderstanding.We will see what the following weeks bring. The potential is there. No matter what, the longer someone stays on the show, the more well known their work becomes.

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