Gotta Have a Gimmick

Goth Glam Goodness

Met with a Challenge

Ta-Ta Talk

Our Cups Runneth Over

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Haute Dog

High Wig, High Tea

On With Her Head!

Victorian Punk'd

Flower Power

Tulips and Pansies and More Pansies

Fit for a Queen

Sister Act

Jennifer Coolidge is the Best

Crawling Across Broken Glass...

Blood, Sweat, and Glittery Sandpaper

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Dina?


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Gotta Have a Gimmick

Chris March explains why he was initially dreading working with Susanne Bartsch.

To be flat out honest, I was dreading having Susanne Bartsch as a client on the show, simply because she is truly one of the people in New York (and the world!) who can honestly say, "Been there, done that," about the fashion world and her own personal outrageous style. She has had the best of the best -- Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Alexander McQueen -- all custom make outfits for her. Few people in the world are on a first name basis with the legends of avant-garde fashion as Susanne is. We have been friends for years, and with my new show, the time finally came for me to dive in and try to make my mark on Susanne Bartsch. A little history...Susanne of course grew up in Europe (how else did she get that wild mixture of accents?) and was a wild child on the club scene in London, Paris, etc. When she moved to New York in the ‘70s, she was shocked at the lack of fabulous, edgy clothing she had access to in Europe, so she opened a shop in the Village selling cutting-edge club fashion to the New York scenesters. Soon, she became the Queen of Manhattan nightlife, opening clubs of her own and hosting notorious parties for the rich, famous, and just plain outrageous. So you can see why I might have my hands full...

Susanne turned out to be a hoot to work with, and we actually chatted so much and so fast at her apartment the first day that the producers had to eventually stop us! As with all people who have a honed-edge vision of what they like and don't like, I learned a lot from my experience with her, as she reminded me to keep my thinking away from "gimmicky." My favorite thing in the episode was a miniature leopard fur hat that we made (if you look carefully, you will see Alex holding it) to give a fabulous finish to her twisted "ring master" look, but in the end it just didn't go with the mohawk she ended up wearing. It will always remain one of my favorite things that I have ever made. After some, well, adjustments to our original idea, I think the outcome was a smash, and it glowed with that kind of show-stopping perfection that I always strive for. It is always inspiring to have a client with almost no fear, but it also opens a whole Pandora's Box of other issues. You can quickly find out that too big is too big, too colorful is too colorful, and of course, that too gimmicky is too gimmicky.

See you soon,   


Ta-Ta Talk

Episode 9:'s Assistant Editor thinks Izzy and Alex need to make a boob-themed musical.

I think it's mandatory that before you read the recap of this episode you take a moment to watch this video in which Izzy and Alex spout every name for boobs they can come up with.

See, aren't you pumped for an episode about bras now? I had completely forgotten about the word bazongas. People should bring it back into the vernacular.

I also think Alex and Izzy should seriously consider putting together a movie or musical called "Tits in Space". Between Izzy's wigs and Alex's outrageous outfits, I can only imagine how completely over-the-top the costumes would be. Maybe it would be a fashion show, but I just need that to happen.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-109

This week Chris' cups ranneth over as he had to create a bra-tastic ensemble for Jene Luciani, author of The Bra Book. Luckily she was game for some of Chris' Mad Fashion and let him run wild with brasseries. Two hundred brasseries to be exact. Which means four hundred individual cups in need of pink spray paint and bedazzling. Let's just say it was a real handful for Christine and Jake (haha boob jokes!).mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-109

Izzy had a bit of a wig out moment when she became completely frazzled by all the frizz. When Alex couldn't even come up with something good to say about it, she knew it was doomed. The saddest part was that even after she managed to salvage it, the color was completely off and the whole hair piece ended up getting scrapped. Well maybe not so sad for Izzy, who was relieved to see it go. mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-109

Wig aside, everything else really came together and Jene loved the dress. Chris really delivered on his promise to make her cleavage look classy. While he may have thought it was a bra-strocity, I thought it was more of a bra-nanza.

P.S. Is it just me or do the cups look like cute, little creatures?Next week Chris faces his biggest challenge yet when he has to design a fabulous gown for Chrissy Teigen to wear to the Met Ball.