comscore Tracking the progress of Hawaii's Andy South

Tracking the progress of Hawaii’s Andy South

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    Andy South works on a look for Heidi Klum's activewear line on tonight's episode of "Project Runway."

Since Ivy Higa was sent home last week, Hawaii fans are now focused on Andy South’s status on "Project Runway." Episode 10 should have been fun and exciting, because it brought back the opportunity for the designers to create their own textiles based on their drawings. Except, the whole episode, titled "There’s a Pattern Here," became a big tearfest.


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Andy South Day set next week

Meet Andy South when Honolulu Community College celebrates Andy South Day at 11 a.m. Monday.

The public is invited to the school’s Fashion Lab, Building 27, Room 203, where South will be presenting designs he used to audition for "Project Runway," along with a couple of new garments.

He’ll also be talking about the show and his fashion journey, and posing for photographs with fans.


Show updates old prom gowns

The Bella Project is searching for designers to participate in a "Project Runway"-style show, to raise funds toward its mission of providing prom dresses for girls in need.

Designers 18 and older are being asked to re-purpose older gowns into fierce prom dresses for the "Rule the Runway" event taking place Nov. 17 at the Venue in Chinatown. They are hoping to find about 15 designers to make the show work. Among the judges will be Hawaii "Project Runway" contestant Andy South.

For more information, contact Amanda Ross at, call 271-0644 or visit The deadline for applications is Oct. 22.

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The garments they were to create could be anything, but the graphic was supposed to evoke something personal, and to get started the designers’ computers were loaded with images of their childhoods and family members. Just as they were missing home, Tim Gunn prepared them for welcoming visitors, which some assumed would be new models who might hate their prints. Instead, each welcomed their mom, other family members or loved one. That was just the start of the tearfest.

Who could work after that? So Gunn sent them all out to enjoy the day with their loved ones. In Andy’s case this was his mom, a single mother of five.

When they returned to the workroom the next day, South couldn’t focus after the emotional experience of the previous day, and he wasn’t inspired by his granny gray print of memory bubbles, although it was actually quite pretty.

"Seeing my mom took me way off my game," he said to the camera. "Like, I’m kind of just done."

I DON’T KNOW whether Hawaii is rubbing off on Gunn after having had South and Ivy Higa in the past nine episodes, but when it came to his critique of Valerie Mayen’s work, he said, "You don’t want too many construction details happening. I don’t want it to become like a pupu platter of different construction methods."

A lot of the designers were not able to separate analytical ability from the emotions that triggered their designs, so the runway wasn’t all that impressive.

I think a lot of them also aren’t accustomed to working with prints, judging from the pedestrian designs. It figured that Mondo Guerra, who’s terrific at juxtaposing all kinds of prints, would win this challenge.

He also revealed through his plus-sign print that he is HIV positive, a secret he’s kept for 10 years. More tears on the runway.

At the bottom were Valerie and Andy. In the end, the judges decided that Valerie had repeated herself, deeming her overworked design worse than Andy’s, even though they called his short-and-top ensemble "unwearable."


"Project Runway" recaps appear at about an hour after each episode airs.


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