She’s Baaak! Thankfully, though, for one night only. Ivy Higa, who was eliminated in a previous episode of “Project Runway,” easily lived up to her reputation tonight as the most vindictive designer in eight seasons of the show.
The Design Challenge
This week’s “Project Runway” challenge was to design three head-to-toe outfits for Heidi Klum’s activewear line, New Balance. Recognizing it would be difficult to design three outfits in the allotted time, previously eliminated designers were brought back to lend a helping hand.
Ivy Higa wasted no time continuing her vendetta against Michael Costello. “How does it feel to be so far in the competition,” she said. Costello humbly replied that he was surprised he had made it so far. “Why,” Ivy said, “because you cheated?” Boasting to the other designers of her bravery in confronting Michael C. headon and revelling in her ability to humiliate him once again, she gleefully proclaimed, “I did it for the team.” Ironically, as in previous episodes, she admonished Michael C. for his lack of character, all the while further demonstrating how ethically and morally bankrupt she is.
Ivy could barely contain her enthusiasm when Tim Gunn provided her the opportunity to “out” Michael C. However, after Ivy recounted her version of the cheating incident, Tim determined her accusation was baseless, telling the designers,”put this behind you and move on.”
Because of her strangely irrational dislike for Michael C, she squandered her last chance to redeem herself. Instead of trying to salvage some semblance of professionalism, if not basic humanity, she chose to remind us why she does not belong on “Project Runway.” She set out to destroy Michael C., but only succeeded in showing herself to be a bitter and jealous loser.
Mondo Guerra almost won the fourth consecutive challenge, but Andy South had the favorite designs this week. As the winner, his designs will be sold on Amazon.com and will be included in the Heidi’s New Balance collection.
Michael Costello was on the bottom, but luckily his designs didn’t justify his elimination this week. It would have been unfortunate had he survived his nemesis, only to be sent home. Sorry to see Christopher Collins leave, though, because he was one of the good guys.
Of the remaining designers, April Johnston, Gretchen Jones, Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra, and Andy South, Mondo is the only designer that seems to be Fashion Week Worthy. Perhaps the “something unprecedented at Fashion Week” is that there won’t be enough designers qualified to compete.
Read more about the whining designers of Season 8 here and here.