Tulips and Pansies and More Pansies

Chris' collaboation may have been his toughest challenge yet.

This week is about a very fun, outrageous, over the top charity event held annually in NYC -- Tulips and Pansies. It is a fusion of fashion, fun, flowers, and of course, large headpieces. Each fashion designer is assigned a floral designer, and ours was Golf Srithamrong, the self-proclaimed "Orchid King," who won in the "Most Beautiful" category for the last two years. I was excited, and thought this would be fun -- after all, how hard could it be?

Ugh. It was terribly hard. I am not used to working with other people, and sometimes collaborations just click, and sometimes they don't. Ours was somewhere in between. I have been around the circuit and back with my fair share of costume contests, not to mention certain reality television fashion competition shows. I know what judges like, and what they don't like. What they don't like is when you don't follow the rules. Namely, in this case, that everything on the headpiece besides the structure must be fresh flowers or living material.
We went through our share of design trouble with this one ourselves, which ended up with Matt chucking the first draft of our outfit literally out the window, almost crushing some poor NYC pedestrian. We were hoping for a beautiful, colorful mix and an avant garde arrangement of flowers (that we auditioned days before in our workshop), but Golf went home and changed his mind. He ended up changing the whole design the night before the event, adding hundreds of white feather butterflies to the headpiece instead of flowers. Eek. I was not happy when I showed up the day of the event...it was too late to change it and we were stuck with something that really didn't go well with our outfit, and that contained a lot of non-floral decoration. What would the judges say?Well, as if you couldn't tell already, they didn't say what we wanted them to, and happy faces had to be pasted on. I don't know how I feel about the whole thing...I think it just goes to prove what I have been saying for years, that the best things in life -- art, theater, literature, film, fashion, whatever -- are best when they are the vision of one person. An auteur. Of course collaboration is always necessary, but I believe that the main driving creative force must be by one person of singular vision. Everyone will get their turn, but there is a time to be the leader and a time to be in the background. We should have just done everything ourselves, then we could really be angry that we lost.

See you soon, 


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Episode 9: Bravotv.com'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.

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