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Higa eliminated from ‘Project Runway’
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It took nine episodes of “Project Runway All-Stars” before Hawaii’s Ivy Higa was forced to say aloha to the competition.
This week, the remaining designers were challenged with producing a ready-to-wear garment for Elie Tahari — with the extra step of producing a piece within a practical retail price point. Funds raised from winning garment sales will go toward NYC’s Save the Garment Center and its mission is to promote, preserve and save the city’s stature as one of the world’s fashion capitals.
When it was time to choose fabric, all the designers picked colors or prints except Uli, who chose white (again). Higa picked a dramatic landscape print, and when judge Joanna Coles and Tahari critiqued her design, Tahari told her, “You have a lot of guts,” due to her choice.
To showcase the entire print, Higa changed her beautiful asymmetric design to a simpler maxi dress, but the judges obviously would have preferred the dress in a shorter, beachy length.
In the end, just as Tahari had feared, Ivy’s dress weighed heavy on the bottom when her model was stationary because of the black color block. It flowed nicely when the model walked, but Higa was still sent home — which probably had less to do with her dress than the reality that this was her fourth week on the bottom.
But don’t cry for Higa, who after being eliminated went to work immediately for one of this season’s guest judges. She also continues to get offers from other potential employers.
“Project Runway All-Stars” continues at 9 p.m. Thursdays on Lifetime.