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Tenth designer exits 'Project Runway'

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Ivy Higa on Project Runway

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Ivy Higa has become the tenth contestant to be eliminated from Project Runway.

The 30-year-old fashion designer from Hawaii, who lives in New York, was sent home from the Lifetime competition's eighth season on Thursday night’s episode.

"It sucks because I just felt like I just had so much more to show of me and I think I have a lot more creativity than some of the other designers out there," she said.

This week's challenge saw the remaining hopefuls creating a high-fashion look for a L'Oreal Paris advertorial. Tim Gunn told them that high-fashion meant something that would be at home in Paris Fashion Week. The winning design would appear in Marie Claire magazine, while the winning designer would win an "unprecedented prize" of $20,000 from L'Oreal. Each designer was told to choose a shade of L'Oreal eyeshadow to inspire their design.

They chose: Mondo (bright); Christopher (crystal); April (matt); Michael C (metallic); Ivy (bright); Valerie (crystal); Gretchen (velvet – despite Tim’s warning that it was a difficult fabric); and Andy (metallic).

In the workroom, Gretchen was angry at Michael C for using a similar pink shade to her. She said that she wasn’t threatened but she felt that a boundary had been crossed. The designers later learned that there was a twist with this week's challenge - they also had to design a ready-to-wear look that complemented the high fashion piece.

Heidi, Nina and Michael were joined by designer Naeem Khan for the runway. Christopher and April were immediately sent through to the next round, while the remaining designers remained on the runway with the highest and lowest scores.

Mondo was named the winner for his kaleidoscope-inspired designs featuring bright, multi-coloured stripes. Heidi and Naeem thought his striped high fashion gown was bold, while Michael described the back as "Kentucky Derby ribbons exploded" and praised his construction abilities. They also thought that his black-and-white cocktail dress was very commercial because the stripes made it slimming.

Gretchen was also praised for her beaded, velvet, feathery gown and short made-to-wear dress. Nina thought the high-fashion look would be good for an advertorial, while the judges thought the day dress was subtly sexy because it had sheer panels that swished to reveal the model's legs when she walked.

The judges also liked Andy's warrior-inspired metallic designs of a high-fashion look with pant boots, sleeve armour and red-and-black fans, and matching black cocktail dress. Naeem thought he stuck to his vision and praised his technique; Michael liked the fact the metallic was not obvious and the pant-boots could translate into something wearable.

They were less impressed with Ivy, Valerie and Michael. Ivy was criticised for her bright blue ocean-inspired gown and matching cocktail dress meant to represent the ocean spray. Michael thought the models looked like "bridesmaids under the sea", while Naeem said the colour and technique were "overkill" and Nina was unhappy about the fit.

Valerie used Audrey Hepburn as her inspiration for a one-shouldered pale gown and matching cocktail dress. Naeem said that it wasn't imaginative enough and she forced the fabric; Michael agreed and said trying to make a structured dress from soft fabric was like crafting a winter coat from Kleenex. Nina thought the gown looked like a beauty pageant dress and questioned her taste; while Michael said the ready-to-wear model looked like she just came from the office.

Finally, the panel said that although Michael C's designs were the best constructed, they were unimpressed by his long ballroom gown with a wired hem and very long train. Michael said that the model looked like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind: "She has all the curtains from Tara ripped off the wall and put into one dress!" The judges also advised him to choose either boobs or leg for future cocktail dresses because this one had too much on display.

In the end, Ivy was sent home. "I love [designing] so much that I told myself if I move to New York that I would sacrifice whatever I could just to fulfill my dream, so I'm definitely going to keep on going," she said.

Project Runway continues next Thursday at 9/8c on Lifetime

> Click here to read our interview with Ivy

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