Chris March’s Mad Fashion debuted last night on Bravo and never has there been a more accurately titled show.
The show has a very simple format: Chris and his team devise a totally ridiculous getup for one of his clients. Interpersonal drama seems to be kept to a minimum, which is a refreshing thing to see, but these are early days.
At a tight half-hour, it’s all about the work. It remains to be seen if they can make every project interesting enough for an entire episode, though. And we felt that everyone was playing to the cameras just a little too hard. Lots and lots of uproarious laughter over things that were only mildly funny. That could just be first-episode-itis, however.
Unfortunately, such a tight, simple concept doesn’t really lend itself to blogging about it extensively. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t have opinions. The goal this episode was to make a look for shoe designer Ruthie Davis to wear to the Fashion Week party for the launch of her line. Chris, of course, came up with the idea of making a “dress” out of shoes from the line.
Conceptually, we thought this was great, but it didn’t work for us as well as we thought it would. The style of the piece seems totally at odds with Ruthie’s own style. She said she was thinking “Bond girl,” and for the life of us, we can’t see that in the final piece at all. We loved the “skirt,” but we assumed the shoes would be on the outside of it. You really can’t see them all that well the way they’re positioned. And we’re not sure the hairpiece was needed at all. Still, it’s a wild look, which is exactly what you’d expect from Chris, and it’s always fun to watch colorful, creative people make something eye-popping. We’ll be tuning back in next week.
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