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.

Our Cups Runneth Over

Chris thinks all the bra cups ended up looking like pink Peeps.

For starters, there was a lot in this episode that you didn't see. For example, Jene's home where we initially met is in New Jersey, and it is literally the size of a train station ! I thought they would show more of it for sure. Second, this show was split in half by the Jennifer Coolidge Mardi Gras trip, so we are funny and fresh at the beginning, and literally back to the workshop after waking up for a plane at 2:30 in the morning by the time of the fitting, dead tired. Ugh. Also, Christine gave up on the spray painting of the bra cups (which was originally Matt's idea) after about two hours. And when she heard there was a bedazzling project to be had, she got Jake into that blue suit so fast your head would spin. I can't blame her though -- I hate spray painting. Jene was a fun, breezy client. I love that she was so game to wear a dress made from bras. Also, those bras were hard to find! This episode turned ChrisMarchDesign into a factory. We churned out 400 bra cups, with each one cut out, trimmed, painted, and rhinestoned. It looked like we were farming some sort of strange item that looked like over-grown pink Peeps. But after Matt and I built the hoop and started applying them, we knew it was going to be incredible. Now, what to do about the top? Izzy was fun to shop with for bras, and the owners at Bra Tenders liked her so much they ended up giving her a set of rhinestoned pasties as a gift. (You can see them quickly in one scene stuck to the outside of her blouse.) With boned bustier in hand, we went back to the "farm" to help out with the harvest. I thought she was going to end up looking completely naked, so on the way to the shop the morning of the fitting I stopped for some magenta fabric to make a quick stole. It came out so cute, with a zebra lining and bow. (Her favorite thing besides pink -- zebra!) She actually had a zebra clutch to match. Another thing you don't see -- her event was literally around the corner from my studio (how convenient!), so she got dressed and left directly from there with the camera crew.

This show contains my "gay MacGuyver of fashion" line, and now I remember why. We did use a lot of crazy stuff to make this one...including nylon webbing, backpack buckles, fishing line, office clips, electrical cable ties, hooping, a pricing gun, and a ton of spray paint. Not exactly couture, but we turned out a winner! I thought the end result was the perfect balance of flattering, whimsical, sexy, fun, and outrageous -- just like Jene. So it just goes to show you that all you need is a couple of hundred bras to make the perfect party dress.

See you soon,

Chris