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Mad Fashion: Ace of Dresses

by Rachel Stein October 5, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Mad Fashion</i>: Ace of Dresses

Whether or not you saw Chris March's season of Project Runway -- the one where moment-haver Christian Siriano won -- if you watch Bravo or any red carpet pre-show special, you're probably familiar with either him or his work. He's an eccentric costume designer who has made looks for Meryl Streep, Beyonce Knowles and Cirque du Soleil, to name a few. His show, Mad Fashion may not be as interesting and provocative as his designs, but it is as pleasant as his personality.

If you can get past that nasally voice of his, Mad Fashion is an enjoyable a watch as Ace of Cakes was. March is similar to Duff Goldman in that they both are geniuses at their craft, both make you feel pleased that we exist in a society where these weirdos can have their own shows and both of their series makes me feel jealous that I will never work in some crazy alternative studio where I can bake cakes in the shape of giant crayon boxes or cut through $900 shoes (which I did find slightly upsetting, for reasons I can't exactly explain without eventually sounding insane) and write secret prayers to Stevie Nicks on everything I create.

Another thing I appreciate about this wholly inoffensive show is that each episode is only thirty minutes, cutting away the usual manufactured Bravo drama -- there's celebrity clientele, but luckily they don't hog too much screen time -- and really zeroing in on the amazing couture that March and his team make. And what a cute team he has! Everyone gets along (so far -- I'm sure we'll be subjected to some fighting eventually), each person is awesome at what they do and are able to laugh at themselves. Plus, there's no gratuitous nudity, a la other breakout star solo adventure Bethenny Ever After. The word fashion is in the title for a reason, and that's what we get.

I'm not sure March would be my number one pick for Project Runway veterans with their own series, but given the fact that I already barely watched On the Road with Austin & Santino, I've realized that with these spin-offs, it's not about the talent per se; it's about making the concept of the show work... though from time to time, I do find myself wondering, "What happened to Andrae?"

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