The premise, as it is every week, was very simple: The Chris March Gang get invited to participate in a headpiece design competition for charity called “Tulips and Pansies,” and are hooked up with an award-winning floral designer to put it together. Chris, to no one’s surprise at all, has an old showgirl friend who’s on hand to model the headpiece for the runway show. Also to no one’s surprise at all is Chris’ vow to make the biggest headpiece the world has ever seen.
Chris’ first attempt at a look to go with the headpiece was kind of hilariously wrong-headed. This is a drag chorus girl, not an elegant creation for a charity benefit. Of course he realized almost instantly that it wasn’t working. Curiously, the team all seemed to realize it before he did, yet no one said a word to him about it. Could there be tension in the happy town of Marchville?
Plus, Chris was not playing well with others at ALL. He seemed a little put out having to work with another designer and from where we were sitting, his nit-picking over the floral placement didn’t really improve the piece at all. In fact, his stated desire to see more volume on the piece was proven wrong (at least in our eyes) when it walked the runway.
Because keeping the floral arrangements spare gave the piece an airy, ethereal quality to it. She really does look like a flock of butterflies are following her around.
So it seemed to us that there was some minor tension for the first time in the show. Chris’ drag queen sensibilities almost got the better of him twice and everyone tiptoed around his low-level crankiness. This is Sesame Street stuff in comparison to your average reality TV show, but it was notable that they were injecting some minor drama into the proceedings.
Anyway, both the gown and the headpiece were amazing.
Actually, the gown was just pretty. The headpiece was a stunner. Chris was a little pissy about not winning the competition, but we totally agreed with his criticism that some of the headpieces were so heavy that two hands were needed just to hold it up. That would seem to defeat the purpose of a headpiece. You might as well hold a vase over your head and walk the runway.
Anyway, thanks to Bravo, here are some of the other pieces from the competition:
[Photo Credit: Heidi Gutman for BravoTV.com]