Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

Saw

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

Sister Act

Jennifer Coolidge is the Best

Crawling Across Broken Glass...

Blood, Sweat, and Glittery Sandpaper

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Dina?

Ready for Takeoff!

Saw

Episode 1: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor can't stand the sight of shoe carnage.

He's baaack! Everyone's favorite fiercely fanciful designer is opening up his studio to the world, and we couldn't be more thrilled. I don't know about you, but I'm all about over-the-top, more-is-more kind of fashion (I'll add one accessory before I leave my apartment, thank you very much), so seeing Chris create his crazy costume couture is a sheer delight.

While all you Runway fans are familiar with Chris, you may not be so familiar with his team. Luckily this handy dandy video will catch you up to speed.

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Chris' client, famed footwear guru Ruthie Davis, wants a Bond Girl-esque look for the launch of her new line. Honestly I'm not sure how Chris whipped up a sketch so fast (take a closer look at it HERE), since Bond girls are generally known for taking off, not putting on, clothes. But in any event, Chris' be-shoed dominatrix look was amazing.

I was kind of hoping they'd come up with a cool Bond girl name to acompany the outfit. Personally I was thinking Stiletta Vanderpump.

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They could have just called it a day with this, right? I kid, I kid! But I won't lie, I was a little worried when I gazed upon Chris' first pass at incorporating shoes into Ruthie's look. Clearly there was a ways to go.

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What would cause Izzy to wince in horror? The highest form of fashion sacrilege -- shoe slaughter! Izzy, the world looked away with you at the moment Matt cut into those heels. It was more gruesome than Saw V. OK, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. Less gruesome, but certainly more sad. 

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It couldn't be more fitting that Chris' muse is Go Your Own Way chanteuse Stevie Nicks. How much would you love to see him design a gypsy/wiccan inspired piece for Stevie? I imagine it would involve lots of little tamborines.

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The final result was a true "shoegasm" as the title of this episode suggests. Ruthie really rocked the look, and she couldn't deny that the outfit was way better with all the shoe accents. However I couldn't help but wonder, "How will she sit in this dress?" In those intense pumps, I'd think she'd need to be able to sit every now again. But hey, she's a shoe designer, so walking around in super high heels must be second nature.

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