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.

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