Flower Power

Episode 5: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor does not recommend throwing brightly colored costumes out the window.

Collaboration was the key this week (whether Chris liked it or not), when Chris had to work with the "Orchid King" Golf Srithamrong. (Which by the way is one bad-ass name, no?) Chris couldn't possibly resist the opportunity to create an obscenely large headpiece, especially for an event like Tulips and Pansies, so of course he jumped at the chance to partner with Golf. However it wasn't exactly the smoothest brainstorming process...mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-105

They did eventually reach a consensus and went with an outfit that would bloom, thus accentuating the ridiculously tall headpiece. While Jake and Christine dressed up the petals, Chris worked on the headpiece, the centerpiece of which was an antique fishing pole. I love that Chris has a collection of random items he keeps in his back pocket to make into fantastic creations at a later date. mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-105

So Chris finally finished the outfit and, well, it just didn't look good. At all. So Chris did the only thing he could to save the outfit...mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-105

...He completely scrapped it. I have to say, I really felt badly for the poor pedestrian who was walking by as Matt threw the flower frock out the window. How scary would it be to have a giant bright pink and yellow costume fall on your head?mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-105

Well luckily Chris just happened to have some fabulous floral print fabric lying around for just such an emergency, and he managed to whip up an elegant evening gown worthy of his humongous headpiece. However when he showed up to see what Golf had done with the flowers... We'll just let Chris' face speak for him. With a few more flowers and a lot less butterflies however, they managed to make it work. mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-105

Chris' friend certainly put her Vegas showgirl experience to work when she rocked the runway. She gave all her other flowery friends a run for their money.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-105

The team waited eagerly for the results, but alas, they did not take the crown. Robbery!

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