MF: Brastrocity

Posted on November 30, 2011


“On this episode of Mad Fashion, Chris March is creating a look for stylist and author, Jené Luciani. Jene is the self-proclaimed bra lady who needs a knockout-look for the launch party of the digital version of her Bra Book. Chris is going to need proper support from his team as he attempts to make a full dress out of 200 bras. Will Chris be able to hold up his lofty concept or will this be the design that sags?”

Oh come on, Bravo. We all know the answer to that one.

Just another cute, engaging, creative half-hour with the Chris March Gang. Not much to recap here. Once again, because it’s all about the visual with this show, the recap is basically all pictures.

 

And the drama came from a wig, which should give you some idea of just how low-key the drama is here. We feel bad for poor Izzy.

 

Either her efforts each week are sidelined by the client or they just don’t work out somehow. But we have to admit, we think she goes too costumey with the wig styling, which always seems to be the number one reason for problems occurring.

 

We don’t know who else occupies the building housing March Headquarters, but they couldn’t have been a happy bunch that week. The whole place must’ve stunk.

 

Anyway, of course she loved it.

 

Although we have to admit we thought this look was so over the top and draggy that we briefly entertained the notion that she might hate it.

 

But she was such an obviously fun and game gal.

 

And she looks pretty hilarious. Not glamorous exactly, but definitely fun and campy.

 

Bravo once again, March Gang.
[Photo Credit: bravotv.com]

  • Sobaika Mirza

    This was the first outfit this season I didn’t love. She looks like a tulip by way of Lisa Frank.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so with you. Didn’t love the proportions – the skirt really would have looked cool if it had been less ‘hippy’. And that shrug is straight up tacky, no?

      • MilaXX

        yeah, not feeling that shrug.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

          I thought it should have been a tailored bolero to emphasize the tailored top against the HUGE bottom. But that’s me. 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed–thought they were going to do more with the top too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

      lol!!!! in STAR They called me a marshmellow peep and in cosmo an artichoke. I’ll take flowers or food anyday LOL

      • Anonymous

        I thought it looked like a marshmallow peep, as well.

  • J Dreesen

    is that…do i detect…a wardrobe malfunction in that last shot?  is that even possible when wearing a dress made out of bras?

    • suzq

      She needs some zhuzhing.

  • Anonymous

    I want the turquoise chandelier!

    • Anonymous

      I love it too and with those high ceilings it is fab.  Love that studio from what I can see of it. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

        Back in the 1880’s it was part of the Lord and Taylor store

  • Anonymous

    Cute! I do think the proportions of the dress could have been more flattering while still being super fun and campy, though. Love the hat.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    That brahive skirt is interesting but irritates me that it’s made out of moulded cups.  I dislike moulded cups.  I do feel it should be surrounded by a haze of glittering pink bees though.

    • Anonymous

      Now that you’ve mentioned a haze of glittering pink bees, I want them on that skirt–and I’m amazed that either Chris or The Bedazzler didn’t think of it.  Would have been an even greater look!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    It’s a funny outfit but the transition from the bodice to the skirt is very abrupt- Chris must have realized that and made that shrug to cover it up a bit. The skirt is a bit sloppy too if you really look at it, but in the long run it’s a costume made to be worn only once at an event nobody will remember for a book that will end up on the Barnes and Noble bargain shelf.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

      Wow, Eric, my book has sold 25,000 copies thus far at $19.95 a pop. What books have you written and published? 

      • Anonymous

        Well, A, those aren’t exactly blockbuster sale numbers, so I wouldn’t be haughtily bragging about them, and B…most books end up in the bargain bin eventually. Eric didn’t say anything about the quality of your book.

        Glad he called out the fug dress you liked so much, though.  It really wasn’t very good. Nice insecure response. You clearly don’t care about anonymous Internet comments.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like the inverse of Carmen Miranda…….all the fruit on the bottom instead of the top.

    And I think your last line should have been “BRA-vo once again, March gang”!

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking; how is she going to pee? (But that’s just the kinda gal I am.) I actually wish they showed more of the business as well because I’m curious how much he charges for these things and how do people find him (ie; I’m interested in how he negotiates and gets the job, as well as how he does the job.) I’d also like to have seen how they created that frame he attached the bras too (though maybe they showed that during one of the parts where I nodded off).

    As for the lack of ‘drama’, I like that this show is free of the manufactured arguments that fill every other ‘reality’ show. It’s a nice respite.

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      No kidding!  Seems like the only time “reality” shows are truly entertaining is when they don’t try too hard to emulate dramatic narrative.  The fact that there is no rigidly structured story and anything can happen is what makes it interesting.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, most of us are on to the dramas which are created on these reality shows. The arguments become trite and predictable.  Mad Fashion is a breath of reality fresh air.  It shows there doesn’t always have to be contrived incidents to keep us interested.  Just Chris and his crew are enough.  Bravo!  ooops

    • Anonymous

      That’s the first thing I thought too!  That, and how is she getting to/from her event?  Because there’s obviously no sitting in that thing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

        turned out the event was around the corner from Chris’ design studio. So I walked! Worked out well because I couldn’t fit in the car :) and yes, I didn’t sit down the entire evening.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

      to answer your question, i DIDN’T pee :)

  • Anonymous

    I thought the outfit was pretty wacky, even for him.  Funny how he always steers toward such literal interpretations.  (“She makes shoes/tea/bras, so I’ll drape her in shoes/tea/bras.”)  I think that’s why it so often teeters on camp/drag.  But it’s fun to watch the process nonetheless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      Does he ever do any costumes for men- aside from drag.

      • Anonymous

        You mean other than drag?  Now that would be interesting.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

          This may be what he does best- his designs on Project Runway were uneven at best.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I thought the client was looking for the literal, in each of those cases.  I may have misunderstood, though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

        yes, I def wanted a dress made out of bras :)

  • Anonymous

    They did go into some detail about making the structure of the skirt. I loved how Chris called Fashion Gay MacGuyer. so true

    Loved the visit to the lingerie store.

    I am bummed there’s only 1 episode left. Chris is proof you dont need the bullshit drama to have an entertaining reality show. Talent and personality will fill things nicely. This became very much so with the ads for the next bravo reality show, Chef Robie. That was so clearly another typical Bravo camera-whoring series

    As far as the business side, I assume the cost of a Chris March creation is being kept quiet on purpose. I imagine that outfit cost anywhere between 4000-6000 dollars. Chris i think has garnered enough of a rep between PR and Meryl Streep to get upper level clients to come to him, especially since he lives in New York. certainly this show will drum up even more business.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      That would be my guess too — I know Ace of Cakes didn’t mention prices because it was too much sticker shock, especially in the current recession.  People don’t have a lot of patience for $6000 costumes that will be worn once or bakeries that won’t accept orders for less than $1000 right now.

  • Anonymous

    The bra skirt is hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

    Yeah, this is a weird one.  It’s not at all flattering to her, cutting her in half and then making her look really stumpy because of the length. The drawing looked a lot better, shape-wise.  And then when she was at her function I was noticing that the bodice didn’t do one thing for her boobs! they sort of sunk down in there. What’s up with that? And yes, there is a wardrobe malfunction in that last shot. We can see the cheesy frame.

    Shoddy work.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      The drawings ALWAYS look better- designers regularly ignore any realistic proportions and draw long limbed stick figures. If he was designing a costume for himself he’d draw it the same way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

      the bustier was too big for me and they didn’t alter it after my fitting. I tried to fill out with cutlets night of event but they didn’t do much. Everyone has their opinions on it but I felt really good in it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7YGCJT4FHNXPUHK3WT4JZIVM4 Ann

    She looks like a pink and white artichoke.

    • Anonymous

      They said that’s what they were trying to achieve. So I guess it worked!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

        I think if you turned the whole thing upside down it would look like some sort of pink fungus on a short white stem.

  • MilaXX

    Either her efforts each week are sidelined by the client or they just
    don’t work out somehow. But we have to admit, we think she goes too
    costumey with the wig styling, which always seems to be the number one
    reason for problems occurring.

    This is the only issue I have with the on-going narrative for this show.  I get that Izzy has been a wig maker for Broadway and that Chris and Co all lean towards camp, but this was silly. Last week Izzy got a chance to shine because the OTT wig worked, yet week after week we see her making wigs that you could probably see from the moon aren’t going to work. The minute she said she bought synthetic and not human hair, I knew an epic fail was in the air. It’s starting to make Izy look incompetent.

    As for the outfit, I was just “meh” about this one. I actually preferred the look without the wrap, which was a bit drag-y. I liked the rest of the look, considering the event, it’s just that wrap was one step too far.

  • Anonymous

    The skirt looks like it is made out of dozens of little pink weasel faces.

    • foodycat

      YES! I thought they were going with some sort of sugar mouse theme!

  • Anonymous

    Poor Izzy!  I did not like the little hat, but from the original sketch, it might have looked cute if Izzy had been able to get the hair-do to…DO!  With one failure after another, she’s looking a little more desperate by the week.  And I feel bad for Chris if, in fact, she’s a full-time staffer.  I have to assume that she gets a lot of wigs right for every one we see that is wrong.  Otherwise, how could he afford her?

    But I loved the bra skirt, and spraying half of each cup pink and then sticking big pink rhinestones on it was genius.

  • Anonymous

    not really feeling this one. It looks like she’s covered in spider eggs

    • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

      eww. thank God it didn’t feel that way ;)

  • Anonymous

    i’d love to live in that apt with the windows facing chris march design.  

  • Anonymous

    The thing about the wigs (to me) is the women want to be “fun and kooky” when it comes to the dress but at the same time want everyone to know that they’re really “pretty” (hence all the issues with wearing a wig that takes away from how they normally look). In this case, a wig might have offset was what obviously a bottom heavy dress. I mean, let’s face it, on PR MiKors would have gone on and on about “what woman wants her hips to look like Ursula in The Little Mermaid”?

    • Anonymous

      Some women wear wigs more than others — I’ve noticed that black women seem to have less problem with the concept.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    Why didn’t Izzy just turn around when they saw the wig was the wrong color and go buy another one rather than waste time on that one?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      Because that would be all conventional and would actually make sense, which is not what this show is about.

  • Anonymous

    I have mixed feelings about the dress; I think the overall effect of the bras looked crude (as in unrefined, not gauche) but the construction of the under frame was fascinating. Chris seemed to be working with that super tough plastic coated fiberglass strapping you sometimes see wrapped around heavy cartons.

    The hat, like the wig, was unnecessary and they shouldn’t have bothered. It ended up looking a bit like a toilet plunger.

    I love Chris & crew, so I was really sad to learn that next week is the end of their (way too short) season. Hurry back, Sissybear!

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    Do they design the shoes too?

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    Do they design the shoes too?

  • Now I am The Bee

    I loved the drawing that Chris first did, but the skirt didn’t turn out the same.  I know that happens a lot when constructing a system like they did, but the resulting skirt looked really heavy and way too big around.  It made the client look way too bottom heavy.  I thought the stole helpedthe whole look.  Loved the fabric!  
    I was also wondering why Izzy just didn’t go a get a new wig…but then there wouldn’t have been any drama at all!  I loved the idea of the hat on the sketch, but again, the too tall feather was just odd. 
    But–the client was a good sport and wore it and seemd to enjoy herself, so all the qibbles are moot. 

  • S. Jenna Lutz

    The overall look? I kinda hate it. I also will admit to developing a twitch over how SHOCKED everyone was at how HUGE the gal’s actual bust was. (Ignore the bitterness. I’m a natural 36F/G so it’s hard for me to take a 36DD as some kind of freakshow they seemed to think it was.) But the one thing I kinda dug was the actual structure of the skirt – I’m going to frankly steal that ziptie construction method. I LOVED the swing, loved the firmament shall we say that the whole shebang was based on. I could see building a similar structure and ending up with an absolute kick-ass graduated hoop for my next Masquerade party!

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      OMG, where do you buy your bras?!?  That’s my nursing size and it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find a 36G anywhere — if you have a source, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE link for me? 

      • Anonymous

        EBAY.

        i wear a 36I every single day of the year. when i had more money i knew all of the companies that made fancy brassieres in that size–the ones that were a hundred bucks & up, believe it or not there are some–but i’m afraid i dont now. freya, though, i remember freya. if i went & looked in all the boxes i have in the garage i could tell you but, oh heavens, i dont feel like it. i apologize.

        otoh, theres also this site:
        http://www.herroom.com/

        & i know some of the DDD felinas will fit well enough. not perfectly, but you can get them at nordstrom. i used to have an almost intimate relationship w/ the women who staffed the intimates departments at various nordstroms around town [at least a couple of them were built a lot like me. & the others along w/ everyone else could see me coming, no pun intended] & they would turn me on, if you will, to what they found that would fit all of us. it was fun, actually. this was in the pleistocene [the early days of spanx] & we used to joke about how spanx were girdles for skinny people. not any more, but once upon a long long time ago…..

        you can also plug yr bra size into google along w/ the word bra & you will find many more sites that will work. it used to be a real hassle for me to find anything. then again, i guess that was in the pre-pleistocene when there were less surgically enhanced people roaming the earth so this particular need was less, you know, flagrant.

        anyway, i guess i have to go back to fighting w/ people in whom i have absolutely no interest about why i am not particularly fond of lady gaga. i mean: i’m sure she has dental insurance, i’d like to have that. less a thanksgiving special. one built upon the back of other people’s uncredited creations would only cause me shame but thats another story.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure how hard it is to make a dress like this (though I expect the price tag guns were very painful to use, pointy bastards), but I thought this came out a little sloppy and the jewels really took it a notch down.

  • Anonymous

    I like that green chandelier in the pic over Chris’ head

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I love the shape of the skirt! Loved the show, as usual. I’m sad next week is the season finale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!! too funny :) There was alot you didn’t see like the fact it monsooned that night and they had to cover me in garbage bags to get to my event OR that I was in STAR’s worst dressed column that week :)

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      Thanks for sharing. We are a very curious commentariat and love to know the back story about everything.

      It seems that you just found TLo. I’m sure you will love them as much as we all do.

    • Anonymous

      take it as a compliment from STAR. you looked fantabulous.

  • Mary McClelland

    This was a really unflattering length for her and it bothered me. That’s all. I mean the skirt was too long and it made her look so incredibly short and dumpy. Also that wrap thing, I just didn’t like it. THis is one of my least fave March creations. Next week should be amaze! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/NoFun-Angie/1002886920 NoFun Angie

    stubenville- It’s not plastic for boxes, but a boning used in sewing for bodices, bustiers, and bustles. It’s fabric covered plastic with enough room so you can still sew along the sides of it. I’ve used it before, but I have to admit, using those plastic box ties seems like it would be a good and cheap alternative!
    I was surprised they pulled Rit dye to try and dye bras though, there are better products out there that are specific to man made materials like nylon. I’m also surprised they used hot glue on the rhinestones since anyone who bedazzles knows there are better glue products for gems as well. Perhaps they had limited time though, in which case, sometimes you just gotta get it done. ;)

    As a costumer though, I love this show- please, please, please let there be more seasons!

  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

    All that effort and she didn’t even get a spray tan to get rid of her strap marks? Oh please. No respect…

  • Anonymous

    i am probably alone in this but i like the abovenoted outfit the best of all he & they have made this season. i really love its personable & gentle & orgasmically over-the-top mockery & presentation. the hyperexaggerated tulip skirt–i dunno, it really hits its mark. i mean, she looks like she’s wearing high fashion ice cream! the bustier, the rose covered, rose colored stole….. i just really like this one. it does it for me in ways that a lot of stuff doesnt. i hope they renew his series.

  • yuju ti

    I wonder how Izzy gets paid. Her work went to trash can this time, did she still get paid at all?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      She probably makes more money from her Broadway work and does this more for fun and exposure- though I’m certain she gets paid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

    The thing I have the biggest problem with is the ‘hat’. I get using the bra cup, and it totally works, but I’m not feeling the yard-long, stick-up-straight-in-the-air part. The overall look would have been so much cuter with a little bolero, very tailored instead of the shrug, and a spray of feathers that curved down and framed her face, like this: http://www.bellefemmegazette.com/2011/08/vintage-feather-glamour-hats-audrey-hepburn-liz-taylor-sophia-loren-myrna-loy-dior-avedon/hat-feather-ava/
    He should have gone more vintage with the hat, rather than take a cue from Philip Treacy. Because I kept staring at that hat and got a very Dr. Seuss vibe from it. It was supposed to be about the dress, not the hat. I think she could have done something different with her hair, too. It looks too undone from my pov.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      The long feather in the tiny hat had a little Dr Seuss about it.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve enjoyed other outfits this season more than this one as fancy dress party *clothes,* but this one works as a fun costume with the emphasis on the fun. I can’t sit here and burble about my love for this or that (though the red fabric of the shrug was great!) (Now, the shoes she wore her are pretty darn wonderful!)

    This one really (for me) captured the fun and the joie de vivre I think the client wanted for her event (and she brought it as well.) I can carp at each piece or detail but in the end I’d be WRONG because the end result was a total success.

  • Jenny Martin

    Every one of those bra pads on the skirt has eyes…and they’re all staring at me…

  • Anonymous

    I love this show more and more. Chris comes up with the greatest ideas off the top of his head, and the more ridiculous they sound, the more he manages to make me a believer by the end of the episode. Good idea to scrap that wig. If you can afford 200 bras for the dress, can you not afford a better wig to start with? And why not just give her an Ann Margret tease-do and be done with it? Never mind, Izzy is the best. I love that any “drama” in the show is about the challenge and vaguely about the client and not about the team itself, every one of which I wish were my co-workers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

    thanks so much! they are YSL “Tribute” shoes 

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

    did u notice the hat was also a bra cup ? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

    for what it’s worth, i loved it too – once I put it on :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

    eek! i didn’t FEEL short and “dumpy” in it ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

    i am totlaly loving it!!! and so stoked u guys are all talking about this. i keep saying so many things DIDN’T make it into the episode that ppl would love to hear about. TY so much on the STAR thing, i was just stoked to be picutred there next to chloe sevigny lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeneLu Jene Lupoli- Luciani

     no, those were mine – YSL :)

  • Anonymous

    The proportions are bonkers and blah blah blah, but I was surprised the top wasn’t more interesting. I guess that’s why they quickly threw together the tacky little shrug. Still, it’s fun but this would be even more fun as a RPDR challenge. 

    Izzy, I love you girl but you need to look into a 12 step program to help you with your addiction to teasing. S-t-e-p a-w-a-y from the ratting comb.

    At least the client was fun and she seemed game for just about anything.