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    Andy South worked on his remake of a bridesmaid's dress in last week's "Project Runway" episode.

Today is the big day for "Project Runway" Season 8 designers, whose New York Fashion Week runway show took place this morning. (Season 4 winner Christian Siriano also showed today.)

The rest of us are left to speculate which of the designers on the runway at Lincoln Center actually comprise the Top 3. The rest were decoys because, in the limbo of TV Land that lags reality, we’re still left with 10 designers vying for the coveted win. That includes Hawaii’s Andy South and Ivy Higa, whose progress we’ve been tracking through the season, and who this week went incommunicado due to show requirements in advance of Fashion Week.

Last week, producers served up the difficult task of turning the disastrous bridesmaid dress into something fashionable in the episode insisting, "You Can Totally Wear That Again."

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Higa chose an ivory gown with a bateau neckline, and South chose a cocktail-length blue dress with a goofy ruffled bow bodice. The designers were given $50 to buy up to 2 yards of supplemental fabric.

I was worried about South’s choice because he didn’t have much fabric to work with, and I was nervous for Higa because in the first challenge, which involved reworking another designer’s garment, she was criticized for making pants out of pants, which caused judges to doubt whether she understood the challenge.

In the end, she turned her dress into a tuxedo pant with a draped top. South transformed his minidress into shorts and a sexy bondage-style camisole. Both were safe and are still in the running as we head into tonight’s challenge of creating a resort look, a genre both South and Higa should know well.


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