Ivy Higa

OUT 09/23/2010

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Ivy Higa Video Blog: Episode 14

Ivy Higa returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this video blog, sh...
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The designers must create a high fashion look and a ready-to-wear companion to appear in a L'Oréal Paris ad. Guest Judge: Naeem Khan. Aired September 23.
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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    A purple velvet vest and printed silk skirt that I made at 13 for my 8th-grade student banquet.
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Usually house or dance music, love the energy of it! But a little bit of everything.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    I was born with a sewing machine! I always knew that I wanted to be a fashion designer.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Marc Jacobs, Consuelo Castiglioni, Stella McCartney, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Ralph Rucci.
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    Current occupation?
    Fashion designer.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Personal shopper, Neiman Marcus; design assistant, Lafayette 148; fabric designer, DKNY.
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    What is a fashion must?
    Confidence. It never goes out of fashion.
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    What is your design training?
    I taught myself to sew, and later trained in fashion studies at Parsons, The New School for Design.
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    Have you won any awards related to design?
    I was one of nine finalists for the Oscars Designers Challenge.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    Construction and taste. I know the details of finishing a garment impeccably.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    I.m too much of a perfectionist, which at times can cost me more time than allotted.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Fine arts. My undergraduate degree is in art, and I focused on ceramics at the University of Hawaii.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    Primarily natural fabrics, as they feel best against the skin.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    My first outfit. There's nothing prouder than making something by yourself for the first time.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Both. I have to sketch the idea so I have a concrete foundation of what I.m draping.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Both. Solids can be great, but editors always call for prints for magazine shoots.
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Green. It.s the color of money and nature.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Not being able to design.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Bra straps showing. They make strapless bras for a reason.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    Can.t think of any bad items. Guess I always remembered myself as being fashionable.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Coco Chanel; she revolutionized fashion. She is THE style icon.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A beautiful bateau-neck, shirred-bodice, 3/4-length, open-back gown in indigo blue.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Victoria Beckham. Need I say more?
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Chanel Iman; she's half Korean. LOVE her!
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    What do you look for in a model?
    It all depends on the collection, inspiration, and if there.s a runway or not.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    I have a label, Ivy h.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    At an art gallery/museum.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    I.d love to expand from NY to Asia, either Tokyo or Seoul; then to Europe, either Milan or Paris.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    ivyhny.com, wwd.com, elle.com, sociallysuperlative.com, modacycle.com, Facebook.
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    My designs already translate into different cultures and places.
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    How were you described as a kid?
    Outgoing, gregarious, hyperactive, creative, talented, jovial, tomboy.
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    How are you described now?
    The same, plus hardworking, determined, caring, direct, honest, loyal, understanding, confident.
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    Can you describe your family?
    Extremely loving, supportive, spiritual. Although my parents spoiled me, they were very fair.
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    Marriage or kids?
    VERY single.
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    Do you have any pets?
    Moby and Maya, AKC Tibetan Spaniels.
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    Do you have any nicknames?
    No.
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    I.m usually in my room working, so I keep to myself when nearing fashion season.
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    At my parents. house, with my dogs. There.s no place like home.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Eating, visiting art galleries and museums, and getting lost in the city.
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    What are your favorite movies?
    Coco Before Chanel, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Memento, The September Issue.
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    What are your favorite TV shows?
    Real Housewives, Sex and the City, Project Runway.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    Love fashion books, all Assouline-published books included.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    style.com, wwd.com
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    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
    iPhone.
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    Both.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    I do love my cooking, but when feeling lazy, takeout.
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    Favorite food?
    Italian and Korean.
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    Beer or wine?
    Both, depending on the mood.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Beer and wine.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    Stupidity and ignorance. People who talk about things they don.t know just to hear themselves talk.
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    Christian Siriano.
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    Project Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?
    I loved the flower-shop challenge in Season 2.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
    The Saturn car-parts challenge from Season 5.
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    Your take on team challenges . love them?
    Love/hate relationship. It shows innovation, but they could give more time for fabric selection.
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    I had auditioned 3 times before, and decided that it was worth one more shot.
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    Why are you going to win?
    Because not only am I incredibly good and talented, but my life and career depend on it.

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