Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

Sister Act

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

Gotta Have a Gimmick

Flower Power

Tulips and Pansies and More Pansies

Fit for a Queen

Jennifer Coolidge is the Best

Crawling Across Broken Glass...

Blood, Sweat, and Glittery Sandpaper

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Dina?

Saw

Ready for Takeoff!

Sister Act

Working with the Simmons sisters was fun for Chris (he's just relieved they were both pleased).

If you didn't grow up in a big family (like I did) or have at least one sibling (I have four older brothers) it might be hard to understand this -- you can love them but still want to haul off and punch them. Hard. It's that kind of love-hate relationship that my latest clients, the Simmons Sisters, have and enjoy. They are non-stop and hilarious! Born into the Run-DMC empire (Rev. Run's daughters) they have spent a lot of time on reality TV. They also have a shoe and fashion line (Pastry) and their own line of "So In Style" Barbies. Oh...and they're rich. They needed life sized Barbie outfits for an event in LA, and we did our best to tame these two girls gone wild. They love each other, they tease each other, and they try to outdo each other constantly. They were tons of fun, but a little scary if dissatisfied! Huge jewelry from my friend and jewelry designer to the stars, Larry Vrba, helped save the day. We all worked hard -- Christine must have sewn over a hundred yards of tulle, while Izzy went off the deep end and let the Barbie dolls help her style the wigs. It was one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
Matt met them in LA with (surprise!) the giant shoe purses he made, and the event was a huge success. Working with those sisters was like putting your head into the mouth of a lion -- you just have to pray they won't bite!

See you soon,

Chris

Met with a Challenge

Chris explains why Chrissy's gown was the biggest challenge of the season.

Fulfilling my lifelong dream of designing a gown for the Met Ball (The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual costume ball) was incredible; having an amazing client like Chrissy Teigen was amazing (and getting to cover the dress with thousands of Swarovski crystals was so decadent). Then why was this task the most overwhelming one of all the ten episodes of Mad Fashion? One word -- pressure. The overwhelming pressure of one of my designs being seen at the incredible fashion arena that the Met Ball has become was one sort of pressure, but having such a short period of time to do it in was another. My first shot at it and I have to get it done in three days! That, plus the added drama that Chrissy's boyfriend, who just happens to be John Legend, was there to give his opinion. Oh, and did I mention I only had three days?! The black beads, sequins, feathers, and safety pins were flying, and between all of us we magically whipped up a dark, sexy, feathered, and human-haired dramatic masterpiece. There was a little tussle over the leather neck corset I wanted Chrissy to wear, but she was more comfortable with the feathered collar with a custom-made dramatic necklace. She looked amazing (when doesn't she?) and had her red carpet Black Swan fantasy come true. I was thrilled to see the dramatic train we worked so hard on floating up the red stairs of the museum. Chills! I can't believe that ten episodes have gone by so quickly. A lot of work went into each one, from the camera crews, the editors, the sound guys, the electricians, the directors, executives, and especially from Matt, Izzy, Alex, Christine, and Jake. What an amazing experience -- to get to work with such great people doing what I love, and then have it magically turned into a fun and outrageous TV show! And like Carol Burnett always used to say, "I truly am so glad we had this time together."

See you soon,

Chris