Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

Flower Power

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

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?

Saw

Ready for Takeoff!

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!

Haute Dog

Chris explains the difficulties of working with dogs.

I guess it had to happen again eventually -- making an outfit for a dog. In this case, a small dog named Ralphie, whose owner, Maria Sansone, wanted  to steal Best in Show at this year's Paws for Style charity event in NYC. Paws for Style is a pet fashion show for celebs and their pets, and it is usually a night of fun (and eccentric personalities), as even the most sensible people seem to go crazy over their dogs (see: Christine). Don't get me wrong, I have fun too -- it's just that dogs are tough clients, and they usually don't want to wear wacky clothing, unless they have been trained to since puppyhood.

We came up with the ultimate ‘50s housewife look for Maria, as she has a collection of vintage aprons and just loves the fantasy of June Cleaver domestic perfection. I came up with the idea of her "shopping" cart so that Ralphie would not be tempted to run away, and so he could stay close to his mommy. The actual procurement of the cart, however, was more difficult than we thought. Leave it to Matt James not to return empty-handed, even if he had to buy a shopping cart off of a Manhattan "street resident." A creative, if squalid, way to solve a problem. A couple of hours later, with the help of an outraged Jake and a few gallons of bleach – voila -- a perfect shopping cart for $60. Only in New York. Here was my chance to create the ultimate fit and flare dress for a dream housewife, complete with blonde bubble-flip hairdo and ruffled apron. Oh, and don't forget the pearls! 

We went for it, leaving out no detail, including Christine sewing 100 yards of blue trim on to the edge of a pink petticoat for sheer perfection. We dressed Ralphie as a super cute loaf of bread ("Wonder Dog"), and  Maria was thrilled with the result, which was a Mad Men/Mad Fashion collision of vintage meets fabulous! With the wig, she hesitated a little until we redid it to be slightly smaller and more perky...head to toe she looked like a perfectly frosted cake. You could just hear that perky ‘50s music playing in the background.At the event, she and Ralphie stole the show, as no one else even came close to our elaborate and clever fashioning of her look. She was over the moon excited, and got more attention than she could handle! That's my specialty I guess, making an impression that no one will ever forget, and that makes the wearer addicted to attention so they can't wait to do it again. It's such a fabulous feeling, who wouldn't keep coming back for more?

See you soon,
Chris