Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Goth Glam Goodness

Met with a Challenge

Ta-Ta Talk

Our Cups Runneth Over

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?

Saw

Ready for Takeoff!

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Episode 8: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor thinks that Ralphie's Wonderdog outfit may have stolen the show.

Before we dive into the episode, I'd like to draw your attention to this unseen moment where the crew discusses the '50s.

I love Izzy and her assetions that she probably would have been "burned at the stake" back in the '50s, but what I don't get is how she doesn't think I Love Lucy is funny. Now that's true blasphemy. Plus Lucy was never content to just be a housewife, she was always scheming with Ethel about how she might work her way into Ricky's show or win money on a game show for the mink stole she wants, etc. That girl was indurstrious!

OK, OK, enough of my Lucy rant.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-108

This may be the best sketch Chris has done this season. Maria's dress was definitely a showstopper, but come one, how do you compete with a dog dressed as a loaf of bread?!mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-108

This pretty much sums up how we felt about that shopping cart Matt bought from the homeless man as well, Jake. But unlike you, Jake, we did not then have to take it outside and clean it with bleach. Not exactly the most glamorous job. Something tells me if Maria knew where that cart was procured, she might not have been so into pushing it around.

In any event, the most important question remains unanswered -- where does one purchase a shopping cart?

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Yipes! That's the sentiment Maria's look was conveying when she tried on the wig. Everyone always seems so shocked when Izzy whips out an outrageous wig, but what did they expect? It's Chris March's studio! You're not going to walk out with a demure little black dress. Luckily they persuaded her to wear the wig, and thank goodness, because it really brought the outfit to the next level.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-108

I think it's safe to say that Maria and Ralphie were far and away the best dressed duo at the event. I was hoping they'd give her a trophy to place in the cart (probably next to the giant jar of olives). Next week Chris' cup runneth over when his client asks for a cool, cleavage-exposing number.

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