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All-Star Chris

Sissy Bear is back with a vengeance, bitches!


Unfortunately, for blogging purposes, he provided us with no drama and little of his old Sissy Bear flair, unless you count his startling tendency to fall asleep in the middle of working. There was a lot of concern in the comments section regarding his health, and truth be told, we shared that concern. But Chris was kind enough to drop by and give us all the scoop:

"Hi Everyone--I don't know if it's appropriate for me to comment here, but I would like to say a couple of things about the show:

First, thanks to everyone for your praise of my collection--it is very flattering and means a lot to me! The show had incredibly tough circumstances this time, and I was lucky to get anything done...

About the sleeping...a few things colluded to make me extremely sleepy during the filming.

1) I got approximately 3 hours of sleep a night, less the night before the runway.

2) The first day of filming, I got a bad case of food poisoning at lunch (which they conveniently edited out) that made me very weak and dehydrated.

3) I am diabetic, and on a new medication that makes me very, very sleepy. It just can't be helped.

4) Yes, I have sleep apnea, have been diagnosed and have a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, the other circumstances of participating in the show overwhelmed any sleep I actually got.

5) Then, to top it all off, I went home after the final interview and went to bed, and woke up the next morning with a terrible case of the flu (which I must have been catching during the last days of filming).

PLEASE know that I try to take care of myself (yes, I am painfully aware that I really need to lose weight) and go to the doctor every 3 months to monitor my diabetes. I have made great progress with it since being on Season 4 (I was then insulin dependent, and no longer need it).

Thanks again for all your lovely compliments, and you can visit or email me any time on my website at www.chrismarchdesign.com.

Sincerely,

Chris March"

As far as we're concerned, it's ALWAYS appropriate for you to post here, darling.

Now, let's take a look, shall we?

It really was a shock when this came walking down the runway. Since we keep returning to that whole "growth" issue, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that Chris may just have shown the most growth of any of them. Before we get down to it, we have to say that we loved his styling choices. Not just the hair and makeup, but also those tights, which gave this look a much-needed pop of color. We're only so-so on the shoes, though.

This is getting very hard to type because a very sleepy cat insists on resting her fluffy head on the keyboard.

What shocked us most about this look is how "high fashion" it looked. We're not going to insist that it's innovative (because it's not) but it's so polished and so chic. Loved the thick hood and how it sort of formed a cowl neck and we love the heaviness of the sleeves. We can just see this look on a very stylish Manhattan bitch in sub-freezing weather when the wind comes whipping down those NYC canyons.

And what's great about it is it's complete. At most, she'd need a pair of gloves to finish it off. The only slight criticism we have is that we think that pseudo-peplum formed by the belt is perhaps a bit too large.


Um....ditto? Can we just copy and paste 95% of what we said about the previous outfit?

It's repetitive, but what saves it from being too repetitive is that awesome collar, which doesn't completely transform the look, but it does make it stand out from the previous one. As the Duchess said, if he'd shown a full collection of 20 -40 looks, this kind of variation on a theme would have been expected.

Unfortunately, he didn't show that many looks, so this kind of similarity probably hurt him in the long run.

We have to reiterate that we still think the proportions on that peplum-y bottom are a little off.

Ouch. You can practically hear the "clunk." To be honest, we thought this was terrible.

After coming out of the gate strong with a loud "I am a DESIGNER, bitches!" proclamation, he unfortunately lapsed straight back into drag queen and costuming territory. We MIGHT have given this look a pass, except he had to go and do that tit treatment, which just turned the whole look into a joke. It's fine for him to show a sense of humor but it didn't fit with the more serious tone of the other pieces.

The rest of it's just okay and very basic. Had he resisted the urge to do the Brunhilde thing with the bust, he might have rated a higher place in the lineup.

This look, while it's very dramatic and has some interesting construction going on, was more of a wrong than a right.

That fabric is very heavy (in fact, it looks like wool) and not conducive to making a red carpet look. It's also a mistake for him to have shown three looks out of four made from the same fabric. There's "cohesion" and then there's just repeating yourself. Granted, he didn't know he was making a red carpet look when he bought the fabric, but once he was stuck with it, he should have designed some lighter than this.

It's just way too much damn dress. That bow is huge and that feather, again, takes it off into a costume-y direction. A lot of people defended this by saying "Tilda Swinton could wear this," and that's true, but only because Tilda Swinton has the wildest, most unconventional taste of any actress regularly appearing on the red carpet and a rare skill that allows her to wear highly unconventional clothing. This was supposed to have been designed with Nicole Kidman in mind (even if the likelihood of her ever wearing any of the entries was always pretty slim) and this does NOT call to mind Nicole Kidman at all.

And while the front is at least dramatic, the back is kind of unflattering, probably because the front was so heavy it was pulling the whole dress forward.

We cannot agree with the many commenters that think Chris should have won because while the first two looks were almost shockingly good, the last two just weren't. We're sure Chris would have liked the 100 grand and the bragging rights that come with being a PR winner, but we hope he realizes he made a very strong statement to everyone watching and really cemented himself as a talented designer with a vision. That's not as fun as winning, but it's a damn good consolation prize.

[Photo: David Russell/myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]


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I just want to say, LOVE Sissy Bear and he made the 2 hours worthwhile.

I especially loved how surprised and touched he was at hearing that he was more than just a "costume designer".

I always knew he had it in him, too bad he needed to hear it from the judges to be validated.

Wish him nothing but the best.

Question: Was he involved in some capacity in 'Eleven Minutes'? I could've sworn I saw his name in the credits.


I wanted to yell, "Mountaha!" when she showed up on the runway, but then I would have to explain to my husband who she was and why I knew her. I like to pretend I watch less reality tv than I do.


And I thought the restaurant look rocked!


This is getting very hard to type because a very sleepy cat insists on resting her fluffy head on the keyboard.

According to one of my cats, that's not a keyboard, it's a cat pillow.

We're only so-so on the shoes, though.

The shoes were way wrong! Open toes and (I think) backless for what is clearly a winter outfit? Not good for that "sub-freezing weather".

I liked the first two most - that second jacket was particularly awesome. Had the same issue with the drag queen look of the third dress' bodice. I liked the drama of the red carpet dress, but, you're right, it's too heavy for an evening look.


I agree with almost everything you boys said, including how shocking the 1st two looks were. When that first ensembled came down the catwalk, I'm sure I did the gay gasp. It was just...so...fashion for Chris. I know that sounded like a back-handed compliment, but it's not. I loved what he did on his PR season, but this was just so much more sophisticated for him.


I'm so surprised you complimented the tights, but it's true! They did give a pop of color.

And yes, the evening gown is overwhelming (and it is made of wool, Chris even said so himself) but I thought it was at least something dramatic, which no one else really did.


It's ok Jen, I yelled it loud enough for the both of us.

I was really pleasantly surprised by what he threw at us. I love winter clothes and I would totally wear his clothes, you know if I didn't live in San Diego.


Chris was definitely a strong 3rd in my book, LOVED the 2nd look, one of my favorites of the night and I didn't mind the look of the fabric for the red carpet look, just it's heaviness.

Sissy Bear is NOT just a costume designer, he is to be taken seriously damn it!


I hate plaid with a hot flaming passion, but Chris managed to make it not just palatable, but lovely, in the first two pieces. He's obvious a genius with magical powers. : )

I agree that his last piece was over the top, but I liked it anyway. Mountaha (Yay!) pulled it off as best she could.

I got a bit teary when he was talking about how much it meant to him to get some recognition for his talent. I love Sissy Bear.


Yes. I didn't love any of his looks because they're just not my style, but I could see that the first two were really well done. The restaurant challenge dress would have been fine in a different collection. And the red carpet dress was Vivienne Westwood without the lightness of touch. Good effort, but not the winning collection.


I like the plaid pieces and the styling of them too. But I think he could have fitted the first two better at the waist instead of just cinching with the belts.
The plaid evening gown, in my opinion is his best look.
I do not like the restaurant dress. The waist is fitted very poorly. And it looks like a dress made out of restaurant materials.


I may just have to have a little talk with those Bunim/Murray folks. Showing Chris making a bee-line for the bathroom or sitting with his head between his knees would be just as dramatic as showing him sleeping all the time. I mean, you try sewing straight stitches while fighting off waves of nausea!

They showed him sleeping through the model walk-off, but I'm sure he felt he could rest easy once he picked Mountaha!

It's really too bad that a fabric choice can scuttle the entire competition. And it's really too bad that second look didn't feature pants.

And it's too bad he didn't fit that restaurant dress a little better. I thought he was genius for ripping the leatherette off the table top.

And I'd like to put an order in for that first outfit. That would be perfect for my trip to Europe later on this year!

Chris, you're a designer! Diane Von Furstenberg said so!


I loved all four looks, and am convinced that if certain others had sent those down the runway, they would have gotten a better response. It is sad that the judges, while they clearly like Chris, seem to think they are a notch above him in the fashion pecking order because he's "just" a costume designer. Keep doing what you do Sissy Bear and take care of yourself!


When you look up the word "Class" in the dictionary there is a great big picture of SissyBear instead of a wordy definition. SissyBear=True Class Act.

TampaBay


another laura

I stand by my original comment that I responded the most to Chris's collection. It may indeed have been because those first 2 pieces were so completely different from what he did on S4. The restaurant materials dress? And I really really really liked the gown.

As for who should have won? Uli gets my vote. And I know that elsewhere the fact that she wasn't even in the top half has been dealt with, with many many many comments, countercomments, etc.


3) I am diabetic, and on a new medication that makes me very, very sleepy. It just can't be helped.

I figured if only because as much as PR is a reality show, I never got the impression that they'd let some so serious go unless he was already under treatment.

And, as I stated in the other post, I have taken medication that makes me very sleep to the point that I've had to leave work.

As for his clothes, I loved the first two looks. I'd own them if I could.

I'm so so on the restaurant look as far as a winning look but it did remind that old Chris was still there and so I found it fun. I think I would have cried if he'd sent four "tame" looks down the runway.

I'm not a fan of the red carpet look. As you pointed out, it's too heavy. Unless she's attending a Red Carpet event in Antarctica, it's too much.


I thought these were really intriguing looks from Chris. And I'm so happy to read his letter! Glad he's no longer insulin-dependent and that our darling boy is looking after his health needs. It was great to see him again.

And Mountaha too!


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I LOVED his collection. I loved the restaurant look too. I wasn't as wild about the red carpet dress as I was the rest of the collection -- but I was all over this! I thought it was great and stylish and very Manhattan!

Great job, Chris! I am so glad you were at the top of the pack!


"Tlo said: This is getting very hard to type because a very sleepy cat insists on resting her fluffy head on the keyboard."




How appropriate...communing with Chris.

I adore the first look and yes, this (occasionally) stylish Manhattan bitch would wear it in a NY minute.

The bodice on the restaurant challenge dress made me think he must have been dreaming of Madonna during one of his naps. Though Mad Men is the current cultural thing bringing pointy boobs back in style.

--GothamTomato


Ok, I'm really going to need that second look for winter in Manhattan!

And you know, I don't mind the plaid red carpet look. There is something very intriguing about it, and with a few tweaks (and on the right woman) it could really be magnificent.


Noooo!!!

I *so* fell in love with Chris's restaurant look and I was hoping you guys would not only feel the same, but tell me why I fell in love with it at all!

Oh well... To each his own. I do agree overall with your comments. While Heidi seemed to be the only one who cared he used the same fabric over and over, it probably did hurt him in the long run. Ah, the bane of making a 'capsule collection'...


I just don't see how Chris could have done a lighter look with this heavy fabric and still have it communicate "red carpet."

He and Korto both got screwed by the introduction of the red carpet challenge AFTER they had already bought and began to cut their fabrics for the collection. In her case, the magenta fabric was too casual, and she may not have bought enough to do a floor-length gown. In Chris' case, he was saddled with that thick, dark, large plaid wool.

Under those circumstances, I'd say his red carpet dress was also a very lovely look.

Sorry TLo, I also have to disagree with your analysis of Chris' restaurant challenge dress. I actually liked it very much and thought it was pretty spectacular under the circumstances. The skirt length and drape were beautiful. And I thought the tit treatment was a good use of materials, even if humorous. It was a surprisingly attractive silhoutte, and the waistline had good design value.


So glad to hear that Chris is well. Sissy Bear had us all worried!

I especially like his second look. I would wear the top in coat form in a second.

I actually wonder if what hurt him with the red carpet look is that he had already purchased that fabric intending to make 3 looks out of just that, so he didn't have anything else to use. If he had tweaked that look just a little to turn it into a long coat, it would have been stunning. And if we can forgive Daniel for the horror that was his restaurant look, I think we can give Chris a pass too.


Big YAY to Mr. March for improving his health to the point that oral meds control his diabetes. That's not easy. And I at least, appreciate that he kindly addressed all of the vocal concerns for his health from total strangers - he didn't have to do that.

Like the first two looks a lot, especially the second. Restaurant dress was neither awful or great, just there - the bust was costume, and the better one could see it, the less the dress impressed. The fabric doomed the final look - I liked the idea but it just didn't work - in another fabric it might have been stunning.

I don't think he was robbed - but I do wish I could see what he could have pulled off without food poisoning and sleep deprivation. (We older folks don't compensate as well for lack of sleep as those young whippersnappers.)


This was wonderful output by Chris. If he had been 100% healthy he likely could have smoothed out the minor flaws in construction. His response to the judges was so endearing. I've said it before but that man got the prize he was competing for and that he needed. (It's a prize I wonder if Santino will ever be able to get)

I liked the first three looks a lot and felt the red carpet dress while an interesting idea suffered from the weight of the fabric. If he had used a lighter material plaid with a white base and some yellow in it, I think his dress would have been a sensationally graphic outfit. And it would have tied into the first 3 looks better without appearing repetitive

Frank


Thank you boys for your spot-on assessment of Sissy Bear's collection - both its strong points and weak points. I too found the third look ridiculous, but thought maybe it had to do with the fact that I was watching the show on my laptop. Still, I think Miss Thing deserved his top four placement, unlike Sweet Pea. It should have been Uli, Chris, Daniel and Korto, with Uli for the win (IMO).


Aw Chris, he's so my favorite PR designer ever! Whenever I see him onscreen I just wanted to hug him! I loooved his collection and I'd love to own the first two looks myself.


I didn't read the original comment thread, but did people seriously try to blame sleepiness on Chris's weight? Damn, some people are stone-cold.


I would so wear the first two looks!! I absolutely LOVE them, but then I am a most dedicated jacket, vest and coat freak! I LOVE winter clothes! Sigh...I just wish I didn't live in Florida, but I do make it every winter to NYC, and I can happily wear my jackets and coats!!! Yay!
I liked the restaurant dress, but thought the bust WAS a bit over the top, but hey, it's beloved Sissy-Bear, so one had to expect some fun!!!
I actually really, really liked the red carpet look. It was so different and dramatic! And Mountaha worked the hell out of that gown.
Chris, if you are "listening", you take care of yourself. Love you!!!


I want that second look so desperately that it isn't even funny. So, so beautiful.

I'm pleased that Chris' health issues were either temporary (like food poisoning) or being treated (like the apnea) The world needs more Chris Marches around, both for his creativity and talent and for his warm spirit and classy graciousness.


The thing I've never understood is why it would be a put-down to be considered a costume designer, rather than a fashion designer.

It seems to me that the good or the bad of the work isn't in the title, it's in the end results. And Chris has done some seriously fabulous & witty costumes, while many more designers, who are considered fashion designers, have never done anything beyond the banal.

Chris is a standout, whatever the title.

--GothamTomato


Dear God (Or TLo)

Hey, it's me. Just asking if there is any way I could somehow score that second look of Sissy Bear's. I'd buy it and everything. Look, I won't flip off the people who cut me off on the freeway, I will be nice to everyone who takes 15 items into the 10 or less lane and I will even quit moaning about the egomaniacal pastor at my mother's church. Just send me a sign.... and a store.
Amen.


Three of these things belong together.
Three of these things are kind of the same.
But one of these things does not belong here.
Now it's time to play our game.
It's time to play our game.


I loved the first two looks. I found the restaurant piece to be less than memorable and the evening gown looked like a girl playing dress up with a blanket, BUT....

I love Chris March, the personality. He's enjoyable to watch and already feels like a friend. Can someone give him a show?

How about Red Carpet commentary? He'd work it!


I still loved the whole damn mini-collection. I do hope he'll expand his already diverse business to include a RTW line based on this Claire McCardell (sp?) vibe he was working. It was inspired.


Did anyone else get a "Little Edie" vibe from this collection with the scarfy hoods and the skirt shapes?

I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

When that first look hit the runway, I saw Grey Gardens all over it...

Is it just me?

Kudos to Chris. Always been a fan of his and this just sets it in stone. I would wear that Red Carpet look to the dang supermarket.

Fab. U. Lussss.


I thought "Little Edie," too, Rabbit. I saw a stage version of Grey Gardens recently, and the actress playing Little Edie in the second act was really working her look.


Sarah said, I didn't read the original comment thread, but did people seriously try to blame sleepiness on Chris's weight? Damn, some people are stone-cold.

Not stone-cold at all. The fact is that serious overweight can cause or contribute to sleep apnea, leading to loss of good sleep at night, leading to sleepiness during waking hours. So it's perfectly reasonable for people to have made that connection.


of course i wanted sissy bear to win, just cause he is just so loveable. not that counts for the judging but oh well. i really did like his collection, i was suprised for sure.

i bellieve rabbit mentioned "grey gardens" you are RIGHT!


I still think he should have won for two reasons:

1. The growth he showed as a designer

2. The elegance and beauty of his clothes - more innovative than Korto, more growth than Uli, although she was a very close contender.


Elaine said:
I want that second look so desperately that it isn't even funny. So, so beautiful.
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Get out the boxing gloves, you'll have to fight me for it!!! ;)


The thing about his red carpet dress is that it actually looked like a carpet. More specifically, it looked like one of those magazine ads where they take fabulous carpet and wrap it around a model to resemble a ballgown. It doesn't really look like a dress anyone would wear, but it looks pretty darn good for something made out of a rug.


ok there is NO way on earth I would claim Diane Keaton is a style icon....

But I was trying to figure a way that I could see his RC gown on a Red Carpet. It could kind of have a jumper feel to it - yes Catholic school through 8th grade - and with a black silk knit turtleneck - I could totally see Diane Keaton wearing this. And people raving at her improvement.


The second outfit was my fav and his first look also ranked way up there - GORGEOUS.


This is my winner. GO CHRIS! Me love you long time.


Thought looks 1 and 2 were just great and as stylish and wearable as could be - thought the gown had a bit of a Ralph Lauren dinner party at the country house vibe.


At first, I found the first 2 looks very "Fraulein Maria," but I've come around. That cowl neck into the hood was perfection. I enjoyed the restaurant dress, and I immediately thought SWINTON when Mountaha walked the runway in the red carpet gown. It's heavy, but I think the feather added a bit of spareness and sculpture to it and an Asian flair. I didn't know there was a bow on that dress, it looked more like origami to me. The back was kind of blah, but not a crime.

Korto, hell any reality competition contestant, could take a note from Chris about attitude. Seeing how flattered he was just to have placed 4th again was really touching.

Chris, you ARE a designer, believe it, and you deserve your spot up there at least as much as anyone else! And even with the flu and food poisoning, you still kicked the crap out of Jeffrey and Santino! If I could afford it, I'd ask you to create something for me. Hell, maybe I still will!


When are clunky belts going to go away? I enjoy the look sparingly, but I feel like it has been beaten to death in the last 4 or 5 seasons.

First poster: Chris March did Omahyra's wig and designed the eyewear for Jay's Transport collection.


I loved his first two looks, and would definitely wear those clothes.

The restaurant dress--I didn't hate it. It made me smile, even. But the boobs did push it into drag territory, and all the surprise was up front, with nothing in the back to balance it out. However, I do think it worked well with the other garments, and given that poor Chris was genuinely sick and tired during the making of it, I think he rose admirably to the challenge.

As for the red carpet look, maybe it's because I live in Seattle, and am rather tall and Amazonian, but I would rock the shit out of that dress. I could totally SWINTON it, and I don't even like plaid. It's got a great, mad warrior-queen vibe; I love it.


I don't quite understand the complaints about the red carpet look. When I first saw it on TV, I thought it was absolutely beautiful. Yes, it's a bit heavy, but that is the material he had to work with and considering that fact, he could not have done a better job. Most of us are not the same size as Mountaha and wouldn't be swallowed up by all of that fabric.
I will admit, however, that the back of the dress could have used some tweaking. I hope that Chris realizes that he deserves that top 4 spot and that this experience will give him a nice ego-boost!
Respectfully,
~L


"Anonymous said...

I don't quite understand the complaints about the red carpet look. When I first saw it on TV, I thought it was absolutely beautiful. Yes, it's a bit heavy, but that is the material he had to work with and considering that fact, he could not have done a better job."

You say that as if he had no choice but to make a gown with a gigantic bow on it.


Initially, I wasn't too keen on his collection. It's growing on me, though. The juxtaposition between his costumes (happy, bright, jovial) and more fashion pieces (a bit darker and rendered in heavier fabrics) throws me off, and I guess that why I don't respond as positively as others. The first two looks are very well-made and I do like the tops. The gown reminds me of his art museum gown, at least in silhouette. I liked the restaurant gown because it was a playful nod toward his costume background. Even though the dour gray plaid misses for me, if this collection were rendered in bright colors, it would have been competing with the collars and other exuberant details. Still, there is little that suggests costume in the collection and I would love to own the first top. So way to go, Chris!


I do love the neons with the charcoal grey. The repetition was a bit much for 3 out of 4 garments in a collection, but it was cohesive and fashionable.

My only issue with the red carpet gown was that the waist was a bit thick with all that heavy fabric knotted there (that is when a grey taffeta might have been brilliant).

I liked the restaurant challenge dress. I guess I saw the chest cones more as an extravagant bow.

But yeah Chris! Beautiful stuff. Keep it coming!


I actually really loved the restaurant look. I thought that the pointy tit thing gave a twitch of humor to his serious designs while also showing some of his costume roots. It was just short of overdoing it, which made it pretty sweet. And I loved the skirt.

Totally right on the red carpet dress though...too wool.


I'm so very glad to know that Chris is getting treatment for those problems. Sleep apnea is terribad. It's like spending day after day after day trying to survive on only the naps you could catch on a noisy plane. So, very very glad to know that it's being treated, and hopefully getting regular sleep will help him get healthier!

As to the looks, the first two were two of my favorites overall, funky tights and all. Sure, they were similar, but I feel they were different enough to not be too repetitive. I didn't like the top on the restaurant look, which I would agree comes off a bit too costumey, but I did like the skirt, particularly from the back. The red carpet look I'm torn on. I wish he'd had another fabric for it so I could see how that would work, but I did think from the front it looked nice. The back feels a bit... unfinished, maybe. Like there's a shape there waiting to come out but it didn't quite happen. On the other hand, while it may not be the most red-carpetty look, it's still better than some of what actually ends up there.

Overall, while I'm not surprised he didn't get the win, he definitely deserved the praise he got from the judges and from some of the commenters here, and I really would love to see him do a collection along similar lines.


i can see why those top designers keeping pointing at chris & claiming artist. (not that we didnt all see it already) but his clothes look like something you would see in a vogue editorial.

some pieces are wearable, certainly, but the red carpet dress & the restaurant dress - those are made to be worn by linda evangelista in some gorgeously shot photo spread.


I wish the designers had been given the parameters before the fabric purchasing. A few restrictions are fine and can add some interest, but they denied us all the pleasure of seeing what Chris would have done for the red carpet dress with a different fabric. Personally, I'm bummed to not be able to see what Chris could have really done with a more red-carpety fabric.

Donna in Seattle


I agree with you about Chris, TLo, except on two things. I liked the red carpet gown more than you did, and I like it partly because it WAS in the wool plaid. The other is that I wasn't surprised. I always felt Chris had this sophistication in him. His Hershey's dress was what tipped me off to his really classic sense of line and proportion, and several other pieces he did during the challenges echoed that. His BP collection didn't, but I never did understand what his thought process was in putting together his show for Fashion Week. It seemed to come from a different person.

Oh, and my dog would like me to dispute the sleeping cat thing. She'd never let a cat anywhere near my desk.


I would absolutely love to own either of the first two...coats? Poncho coats? Awesome upper body encasers? that he made. I've developed a taste for wool plaid and tweed, and I am kind of surprised that he picked out that fabric, but a good kind of surprised.

Did anyone else think Madonna about the restaurant look?

Also, I thought it was so sweet how touched he was to be in the top four. I love him muchly!


I know with all the concerns about his health as portrayed on the show I did love the fact Chris said it wouldn't be Project Runway without Chris sleeping.

Not to mention that seen the morning of the runway when Tim came Chris asleep and then he just looked at the camera and shrugged. It was too funny.

Frank


I'm actually really glad Chris responded because I watched the show with my husband, who's a doctor, and he immediately said "He's got sleep apnea." In fact, I was going to come here and comment in the hopes that Chris would see it and get checked out -- and clearly he's already on top of it.

I really liked his stuff, and wish him the best in his future work and his health.


I adore each and every piece from Chris' group and have swooned over this mini collection since the epi was first aired. I even loved the restaurant piece (which personally speaking, I did not hear the 'clunk'), but felt the width of the obi-style belt may have thrown the look off a bit. I truly hope that Chris is able to get the group produced as a mini-collection (with the possible exception of the restaurant piece --- which may not be very marketable)because I'd buy these pieces in a heartbeat. To me, it wasn't costumey at all, but channeled the goddess Norma Kamali from her early 80's collections --- which is a good thing!

I was touched by his speech about being recognized as a fashion designer as opposed to a costume designer. To me, both are spectacular achievements and he's blessed to be so gifted and remarkably talented at both. Love you, Chris!

- edina -


was that mountaha i just saw?!


Chris' was my favorite collection by far. Having said that, I do agree that it was not the winning collection.

The first look knocked me off the couch. Re: the shoes - I'm not a fan of the ankle boots with peep heels/toes (just wierd) BUT if the orange leggings had truly been tights and gone all the way down to "peep"... OMG. THAT would have been FABULOUS.

The restaraunt look was pure Chris March and I loved the spirit of it. With more time to fit and fiddle I think it would have been stunning.

Chris, if you're lurking out there - kudos! And way to represent for the rest of us "just costume designers" out here! :X

Bonnie


Count me in on this love fest for Chris. I loved the first two looks and like so many here would throw some serious elbows to get at them. Liked the silhouette of the restaurant challenge and thought the red carpet look was pretty interesting. It kind of reminded me of a hat that Rosalind Russell might have worn.

Love Chris.

I have been watching PR from the beginning and have to say I don't get how the designers EVER get back to the work room with everything they need. And this time it was just ridiculously counterproductive to not let the designers in on the fact that they were going to be making a red carpet look beforehand. It worked out ok for Daniel, but that heavy wool (?) plaid was a millstone.


The more I look at Chris' collection, the more I like it. The pieces seemed a lot more repetitive the first time around, but now I'm sold on their individuality. I love the restaurant dress and red carpet dress, perhaps because they show whimsy in a sophisticated way. Nine comes out in winter; I can see someone (but not Nicole, she'd crumple under the weight) rocking the wool at the premiere.


I just think that Chris is terrific. Such a talented designer of so many different things, and a seemingly really nice person. I really loved the collection and if the game had been announced fairly, he would have had a very different red-carpet gown.

As MouseAnony said...
"He and Korto both got screwed by the introduction of the red carpet challenge AFTER they had already bought and began to cut their fabrics for the collection. In her case, the magenta fabric was too casual, and she may not have bought enough to do a floor-length gown. In Chris' case, he was saddled with that thick, dark, large plaid wool."

This is a really big disadvantage, and something that is getting rather glossed over here.

Unfortunately, Danial was going to win no matter what. The judges handed him that check in spite of the fact that he used the same fabric for three of his designs, with no comment. And I would be willing to bet that if you looked at Danial's restaurant challenge dress again, you would notice that well over 25% of that dress is fabric from the other looks. Totally against the rules.

Glad to hear the Chris has taken his health in hand because I want to see more wonderfulness from this great talent.


So glad to hear our beloved Sissy Bear is taking care of himself. He's got a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor, and is a "real" fashion designer. He did some great stuff with the fabric he bought, and agree, the red carpet gown was Swinton, all over. He's one of my favorite PR contestants of all time!


My favorite collection.

A few above mentioned how Manhattan this is.

So true!

Good luck, Chris!


PS - Looking forward to seeing the costumes he's designing for Beyonce! (tee hee... the look on Jeffrey's face when Chris mentioned THAT "little" job) And would love to see what he did for Prince.


Gotham, I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Whether called a costume designer or a fashion designer, Chris is one talented man.


When those first two outfits came on the screen, I fell in love. I would kill for one or both of them in my closest for these lovely NY winters.

was that mountaha i just saw?!
I didn't notice it until you mentioned it, besides the fact she looked familiar, but I think you might be right


I love the first two looks, I do not like the last two at all. I'm happy for him, he came a long way.


MUST. HAVE. LOOK. NUMBER. 2.


I liked Chris' collection a lot and the first two looks instantly made me think they could be something I'd see as part of a larger collection at Fashion Week. I would like the red carpet dress if it wasn't intended for the red carpet. I don't think he should have won, but I would say he's my #3 after Korto and Uli. I'm not going to lie though, I want a pair of orange tights now.


Chris March was robbed. His collection was dramatic, wearable, and gorgeous.


I totally disagree on the restaurant look. It's very 'Mad Men' night out at the Orchestra.

Yes, it's a little costumey, but... uh... it's restaurant materials, honeys.

My guess is that the red carpet one was put together last minute due to Chris's health issues.


ok, don't kill me but i think most people say they love his collection because they love him, i means just read some of the comments here, they'll come up with anything to justify their reasoning for liking his collection.


Hutchlover said...

I totally disagree on the restaurant look. It's very 'Mad Men' night out at the Orchestra.

Yes, it's a little costumey, but... uh... it's restaurant materials, honeys.


Uli's was also made with restaurant materials but hers looks like something you bought at a store. that's the difference.


LOVE YOU CHRIS!!!!!


Trying to comment on your awards over on lifetime.com but twice it gave me an error message - and that was after I went through the pain in the ass registration. :-(


"nishw said...

ok, don't kill me but i think most people say they love his collection because they love him, i means just read some of the comments here, they'll come up with anything to justify their reasoning for liking his collection."

Yep. It seems like at least half the comments are about loving him and therefore loving the collection.

There's also a tendency to make excuses for his weaker pieces.


"Hutchlover said...

I totally disagree on the restaurant look. It's very 'Mad Men' night out at the Orchestra."

With those tits? I don't think so.

"Yes, it's a little costumey, but... uh... it's restaurant materials, honeys."

Uli and Korto made dresses out of the restaurant materials that looked as good as if they'd paid for the fabric.

"My guess is that the red carpet one was put together last minute due to Chris's health issues."

Based on what?


DRL said...
Trying to comment on your awards over on lifetime.com but twice it gave me an error message - and that was after I went through the pain in the ass registration. :-(

Same thing happened to me - I'll try again tomorrow, maybe they'll have it fixed by then.


As for Sissy Bear's collection, I love the first two looks, I like the third, but I really don't like the red carpet dress. Of course I don't see how a gown could be made out of heavy wool plaid.


Anonymous said:
Am I the only one who noticed that one of his models was a former Make Me A Supermodel contestant?? Was this intentional?

8/24/09 8:00 PM

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That was Mountaha. The designers had to audition models, and Chris chose Mountaha. You may also notice when TLo posts Sweet P's collection, that Shannon from the first season of Make Me A Supermodel is modeling the pink babydoll dress. Some of the models from America's Next Top Model have modeled for the designers in the Bryant Park shows, too.


I'm in Vancouver (the Canuckian one, not the Washington one) and the first two looks were good, but I didn't think they were fantabulagreat. But that's the weather talking, I think, more than the fashion sense. My first reaction to anything 'coat'y is "must I think at all about cold weather? Must I?"

The restaurant dress, I thought, had a lot of potential that was mostly pulled off. I loved the skirt, the 'fabric' and the length. I liked the idea of the top very much but I think this is where his clear ideas may have smashed into his health issues and he ran out of energy and time to finesse those boobs into something more restrained and in keeping with the chicness of the rest of the dress. I wish the top was just a bit more subtle.

The red carpet gown would have been fantastic in a more traditional weight. Heck... even stay with either a plaid or grey and the design would have been terrific. I would have loved to see what he could have made with the proper fabric :::sigh:::.

He's my kind of designer. Now, would someone just go ahead and back this guy?


Loved the restaurant dress myself.

And the first two looks? Makes me want to be a tiny woman who lives in a place where it gets cold. Peplum and all.

Regarding the diabetes: Great that he's off insulin and seeing the doctor so frequently. That alone is good news.


It amazes me how much people are making excuses for his weaker designs. People, it's okay to say some of the designs aren't as good as others.

It seems to me that many support him because of a combination of the perception of his personality plus a sort of overcompensation for his weight issues.


Love his designs, love his personality, wish him the best!

Go Sissy!!


Yes, not even Mountaha could save that dress, but the rest of the collection is pretty good, especially the first two looks.


Thank you for stopping by, Chris, we love you! Love the collection, you definitely deserved to be top 4.


The fact that Chris basically slept through the entire challenge and was still in the final 4 was incredible! Kudos to him!


How could Daniel's collection be better than this? I don't get it. I'm gonna have to call shenanigans on this one.


We had already gotten a peek at Chris' fabric when they announced the RCG challenge -- and I knew that his extended deer-in-the-headlights expression meant "Oh holy s@#t, I've got GRAY PLAID WOOL ..."


I just really appreciate the attitude that Chris March had throughout the entire challenge. I like people who appreciate the opportunities they were given.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

"Chris was kind enough to drop by and give us all the scoop"


Thank you for posting this, Tlo, I didn't see it the first time, and thank you for the great shots of the garments. I love him!


Erm, I was going to say how refreshing it was to see his gracious attitude, but I wouldn't want anyone to think my comments are influenced by the fact that I like his personality or anything.

At first I thought PLAID OVERLOAD, but the looks are kind of growing on me. The first two are especially cute, and I love the skirt of his restaurant dress.

Not so sure about the red carpet look BUT as enough folks have pointed out it was introduced as a requirement after the fact, whoever it is that actually ends up wearing the thing.


Personality, talent, whatever, to me he's one of the greatest designer on the show EVER!


Chris March's collection was far more fashion forward and interesting than any one of the others. I would totally wear the first and the second look. Yes, the last dress was a bit heavy-looking but it was gorgeous and went with everything else in his collection. Thank you for the posts, guys. I'm loving every one of them.


Love my bear :)


Anonymous said...
It amazes me how much people are making excuses for his weaker designs. People, it's okay to say some of the designs aren't as good as others.

It seems to me that many support him because of a combination of the perception of his personality plus a sort of overcompensation for his weight issues.

8/24/09 8:36 PM

That's just CRAP. Don't be putting words in our mouths. We genuinely like Chris and his work, period. There is absolutely no question that he did first-rate work on the first two outfits - and the judges were unanimous in that opinion. And many of us admired his other outfits as well. Lastly, MANY of us are quite concerned about his health.

If you weren't so hell-bent on being cynical, you might actually appreciate all the love that's flowing out to Chris here today.


You know this means he beat ALP and Santino **in his sleep!**

As a Claire McCardell fan, it was a bonus to have his work compared to hers. Ultimate, classic, American fine sportswear.

I want to be a charter member of the Sissy Bear Fan Club.


"MouseAnony said...

That's just CRAP. Don't be putting words in our mouths. We genuinely like Chris and his work, period. There is absolutely no question that he did first-rate work on the first two outfits - and the judges were unanimous in that opinion. And many of us admired his other outfits as well. Lastly, MANY of us are quite concerned about his health.

If you weren't so hell-bent on being cynical, you might actually appreciate all the love that's flowing out to Chris here today."

I'm not putting words in anyone's mouths. It's right there in the comments section over and over again.

And frankly, that last sentence of yours only proves my point. You don't know him.

I like some of the pieces, though.


MouseAnony said...That's just CRAP. Don't be putting words in our mouths.

Very eloquently put, MouseAnony. And by the way, when you say "our mouths," how many people are you representing here? Please tell us the name of your group.


I was so excited to see MOUNTAHA!!!!! And I did scream it at the television!


CanIGetYouAnything?

Kerry said...
I was so excited to see MOUNTAHA!!!!! And I did scream it at the television!


She is a GREAT walker! It was nice to see her again.


Sissy Bear made something chic and whimsical at the same time. I thought the first two garments could have been worn by stylish women as well girls from some fantasy novel. And the last dress, while heavy, I still loved. It was dramatic but wearable.

Watching his collection made me smile.


Wow. All this battling and fighting, scrapping and fisticuffs. It's kill or be killed here in the comments section, that's for sure. And, of course, I insist that the last word must be mine.


THE SECOND LOOK IS MINE, BITCHES, SO BACK THE HECK OFF!


Now that THAT is settled, let's all play nice and have a tasty cocktail, shall we?


I am a type 2 diabetic and I fully understand how sleepy one can get on medication. I also fall asleep if my blood sugar gets too high. Lack of sleep only makes controlling your blood sugar harder as well. I can totally feel for Chris on these issues. I loved his collection but I've always liked his stuff. I still think the judges were on copious amounts of crack when they gave Daniel the win. I would kill to wear something like Chris' first design this winter.


Ginmaru said...

You know this means he beat ALP and Santino **in his sleep!**

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Ha! Good one.


Ginmaru said...

You know this means he beat ALP and Santino **in his sleep!**

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ha! Good one.


Yeah, I don't get what all the fuss was over this collection. Too much similarity to what's already out there and each piece to the other.

But as for Chris, what a sweetheart. I'm so sympathetic to his multiple medical conditions and am glad he's getting help for them. He's such a peach! Best wishes :)


i love, love, love chris's makeup styling! lovin the lip treatment especially


Love you Rungay boys and almost always agree with you, but this time I cannot.

Sissy Bear did these beautiful pieces under the most stressful of circumstances and still they showed a high level of taste, restraint and a solid vision. Not only that, they looked properly cut and finished well.

Enormous Kudos to you, Chris. I am so very proud of you and love your aesthetic.


I feel like the restaurant dress would fit into the Dior Fall 2009 Haute Couture...no?

http://www.elle.com/Runway/Haute-Couture/Fall-2009-Haute-Couture/CHRISTIAN-DIOR/CHRISTIAN-DIOR/(view)/0/(imageIndex)/17/(play)/false


PS - Great fabric choices. A classy plaid and I also think the colored tights have a bit of edgy dingyness to their tone that keeps them out of obvious 80s neon territory.

Speaking of the 80s -- it is sort of Claude Montana & Norma Kamali, isn't it? If Chris had made something like those first two looks for his "shoulder pad" challenge, he never would've been aufed.


HATE your LifeTime gig. That's selling out no matter how you describe it. Just how much do you get to tell u all to go to their website? ICK!


Elaine said:
Wow. All this battling and fighting, scrapping and fisticuffs. It's kill or be killed here in the comments section, that's for sure. And, of course, I insist that the last word must be mine.


THE SECOND LOOK IS MINE, BITCHES, SO BACK THE HECK OFF!


Now that THAT is settled, let's all play nice and have a tasty cocktail, shall we?

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OK, OK...sigh....you win, I will happily settle for the first look.
And I am bellying up to the bar and sharing a nice tasty cocktail with you!!
But, on a more serious note....do you suppose we could talk Chris into putting these two fabulous looks into his own line? I can't remember being this enthused about a PR design since Laura's gorgeous gray and chartreuse finale gown!!!


I feel I should point out in the past, there have been comments that claim part of the reason people like Chris' clothes is because of his personality or solely because of it. But it was sometimes phrased in a way that was dismissive and even outright insulting. I can still recall clearly some rather ugly remarks made against Chris supporters that for the sake of harmony I will not repeat. So please understand if such a theory gets a visceral response.

Personally I feel people often include comments about Chris' personality so often compared to most of the other designers is the simple fact he is lovable. He is arguably 1 of the most likeable contestants in PR history. Many people feel the need to alway include their affection for him in their posts. It's part of the way fandom is.

For someone like Rami, Jillian, Leanne or even Korto, people are going to talk more about their talent since their work comes across much stronger or even more engaging than their on-air personas. Granted they're likeable enough people. However with someone like Chris or Nick, fans have gotten and still get joy from their presence as well as their clothes. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Now I have already posted my thoughts on his mini-collection. But I echo the feelins of some that would have loved for Chris to have won even though he didn't have the best collection. It would have made a great story and it would have been even a bigger thorn in the sides of someone like Santino.

If you don't like Chris' work or not that impressed with his talent as a designer, that's fine, Feel free to say so. There's always going be dissenting opinions about any of the designers and they should be expressed.

Frank


You know, those proprtions you two keep fussing about are very 1955. That's Shelly O is trying for!

Loved seeing Mountaha as a model!!!

And as always-I LOVE Chris! He's be so much fun to have a beer with!


Anonymous 7:25 am said:

"HATE your LifeTime gig. That's selling out no matter how you describe it. Just how much do you get to tell u all to go to their website? ICK!"

I don't HATE it; I actually enjoyed it and am proud of your success, boys. Hope it draws more traffic to the TLo blogs.

I just refuse to register at Lifetime in order to comment because all that gets me is inundated with spam from them and to whoever they sell their registrant's lists. Sorry guys, luv ya though!

Meadow


I don't understand the poster who claims to "HATE" TLo's Lifetime gig. Whoever you are, TLo is not writing this blog expressly for you to enjoy while you sit in Mommy's basement. They are trying to support themselves, for heaven's sake. Kudos to them for getting the backing of a larger corporation.


the first person i thought of when i saw the red carpet dress is helena bonham carter. not that she necessarily should wear it, but i think she would.


The only thing that I hate about TLo hooking up with Lifetime is that they're being paid for something they LOVE to do.

Wish we all were that lucky!


Be happy to support TLo w/Lifetime
but still cannot get through!
And if this is a paying gig then for heaven sake GOOD FOR YOU!!! You deserve it for all your good work and, yes, all the abuse you take from some of these weird commenters.


And another thing: The finishing work and details on Chris's pieces are always first-rate. I don't think he ever got enough credit for that. The man was taking multiple naps and producing perfectly finished looks while others were running insane on Red Bull and producing bad hems (Daniel!) and hanging threads and puckers. Where's the love for the S Bear's skills????

I loved Chris's work throughout Season 4, including some pieces that were totally overlooked (I'm remembering an aubergine gown) and in this challenge, I was reaching for my (sadly depleted) checkbook. And I still say that, with a little bit of tweaking, Tilda Swinton could carry off that red carpet look and leave everyone gasping.

The restaurant dress? The skirt was perfect, the waistline was perfect. The bodice? Come ON--it's a last-minute restaurant challenge! So Chris had some fun with it - this is enough to make him last in the Final 4?

As I've said before, Chris, you're a much better designer than you know. If you had Christian S's confidence, there would be no stopping you!

Mad love to you, sweetie!


"Anonymous said...

HATE your LifeTime gig. That's selling out no matter how you describe it. Just how much do you get to tell u all to go to their website? ICK!"

Not a dime. We do it entirely for free and to gain exposure because they are one of the highest-trafficked web sites for women.

Don't you feel stupid now, anonymous angry person?

And we can practically guarantee that you, anonymous angry person, have never once dropped a dime in our tip jar, have you? Not that it's required from anyone, but we especially love accusations of selling out from anonymous people who inexplicably expect us to spend up to ten hours a day working on this blog for no money.


Incidentally, we're sorry to hear that everyone's having so much trouble registering and commenting. Thanks for your support!


TLo said...
"Anonymous said...

HATE your LifeTime gig. That's selling out no matter how you describe it. Just how much do you get to tell u all to go to their website? ICK!"

Not a dime. We do it entirely for free and to gain exposure because they are one of the highest-trafficked web sites for women.

Don't you feel stupid now, anonymous angry person?

And we can practically guarantee that you, anonymous angry person, have never once dropped a dime in our tip jar, have you? Not that it's required from anyone, but we especially love accusations of selling out from anonymous people who inexplicably expect us to spend up to ten hours a day working on this blog for no money.

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Just wanted to make sure this was repeated and repeated. I wish you WERE making money from this. I'm sure a lot of us, very much hurt by this economy, would love to "drop a dime" and cannot.
But at the very very least we do
support and appreciate what you do.
And maybe you'll get a book and
movie deal like the Julia movie!!


Goodness. I can't believe someone criticize TLo for the Lifetime gig. Boy does that piss me off!

I read voraciously but rarely post unless I have something interesting to add.

But T and Lo, I am very grateful for all the clever, brilliant work you do. I swear, this blog sometimes keeps me going. I'm yet another reader who is glad the show is back on LARGELY because it means this blog is fired back up.

Heading to the tip jar now. Mwah!


By the way, I'm a former copy editor, too, and that missing "d" in "criticized" in my previous post is 'bout to do me in.

Breathe. Let go.


I oh so agree that Chris has grown the most. His collection was beautiful! I even liked his restaurant dress. :)

I think of all the red carpet dresses, Chris' is one Nicole Kidman actually could pull off with some tweaking. The dress itself is gorgeous, intriguing and, yeah, Tilda could totally wear it to. A belt of some sort, a little less fabric and a maybe some color (teal?) and it would be genius. Mountaha look great in it and Nicole has at least three inches if not more on her.


Agree the 3rd look was the killer of a chance at winning. The 4th gown was a little much, but I thougth Mountaha worked the crap out of it! You go Mountaha!


SusanID said: I don't get how the designers EVER get back to the work room with everything they need. And this time it was just ridiculously counterproductive to not let the designers in on the fact that they were going to be making a red carpet look beforehand.


I've always wondered this also. Perhaps the producers thought? hoped? assumed? that the designers would FREAKING KNOW that a twist would be added to the challenges. I don't recall how much money they had to spend but I think that it was a large enough amount to get extra fabric.

I love Chris's first look, and wanna try to imitate it in my own wardrobe. I really appreciate everything else he did, and found humor in the restaurant challenge, a nod to his costume designer roots. But that red carpet gown. Who else could possibly have come up with something like this with the limited fabric he had. I am blown away. We should all wish that red carpet designers would take a look at this and realize that maybe it's time to go in a new direction. He put something up there that no one has ever seen before!! That is AWESOME. I hope that someone in Hollywood calls him and asks for a version of this gown. With more time and fabric choices.... (lighterweight, I love the plaid the more I look at it).

Such a pleasure to see Chris and be touched by his story and tribulations. I join those who wish him the best of health.

And I love his attitude and personality. We don't always realize someone's sense of self-worth is so fragile. He must have a powerful drive to succeed to put himself out there in the brutal fashion business AND in the snarky reality show environment. I'm so glad he got the validation he needed from the judges.


LOVE YOU SISSY BEAR, go forth and keep on creating. We'll be looking for you.


I was so worried for our Sissy Bear when I watched this. It was obvious something was going on health-wise, even though the producers were clearly going for the 'har, har, look at this big lazy guy sleeping all the time' edit. And then.....to see those first two walks coming down the runway--I stood up and cheered! The fabrics, the styling, Mr. March, you have the GOODS. Believe it!

As for the crazy Madonna tits on his restaurant look, drag queen > suicide-bomber any day!

Love you, Chris! :)


Chris' Collection:
I adored Chris on PR4 and then he fell out of favor with me because he was such a jerk on his Elle blog, but he is now in the midst of his redemption arc with me.

Looks #1 and 2 - I really like these looks, especially #2. Both looks are a marvel in design and styling and makes me long for winter... and the 80s. I noticed that this is one of the few times that 80s-esque designs were not slammed in the comments section, Chris deserves major props for that alone. IMO, Chris clothes seemed to have a more of a British vibe as opposed to the American vibe that the judges referenced. I would characterize the looks as sportier, more accessible versions of McQueen and Westwood. I love the use of the plaid; the orange tights are not to my taste but I don't consider it a misstep.

Look #3 - I wasn't floored by this look on the runway (except for the movement), but I am liking it more and more in pictures. I agree that it is too whimsical for his collection but still I am glad that he shared it with the universe. This is the kind of dress that fashionistas who favor the costume-y / kitschy end of the spectrum like Debra Messing or Sarah Jessica Parker would wear.

Look #4 - OK this dress fascinates me. I like it... a lot. It is a lotta dress and what is interesting is that when I think "lotta dress," it is usually from the more frou-frou designers with names Marchesa, L'Huillier and even Saab and worn by the likes of Terry Hatcher, Marisa Tomei and Beyonce. I am trying to think of who is woman enough to wear this dress, Beyonce or Drew Barrymore perhaps.. maybe if it was shortened to cocktail length... Tilda and Cate have the height but they are too skinny... Queen Latifah, perhaps? And another thing that is interesting, isn't this a glorified wrap dress? which may have been necessitated by the sleeping, it actually adds to the intrigue. Whatever, I like it.

Another thing, sorry Mountaha fans, but she was miscast for this look. ANTM 9's Bianca (can't stand her!) would have been a better choice. She wore one of the Chris' looks in PR4 Bryant Park show (decoy collection) and Korto's snatch dress.

Chris has left me wanting to see more of him. Chris is a fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli said so, Diane von Furstenberg said so and now I am saying so, what more evidence is required? As such, I think he should commit to putting out a collection at least once a year, it doesn't have to be a NYFW show, it could be held in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Fire Island, Baton Rouge, wherever. I doubt that he is mega-rich, but c'mon Blayne has put on how many shows on a barista's salary? He can continue to work in costume design - drag queens and hoochie mamas deserve Sissy Bear Originals too, but Chris really, really, really needs to make a deal with himself to nourish his fashion side.


IMO, Chris clothes seemed to have a more of a British vibe as opposed to the American vibe that the judges referenced. I would characterize the looks as sportier, more accessible versions of McQueen and Westwood

Hee, I am commenting on my own commment. I guess "sportier, more accessible version" are hallmarks of American design.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chris March (I actually gasped and burst into tears when he was told he wasn't going to Bryant Park) and I was really worred about him after the All Star show aired. I'm so glad he's ok. -victoria


The first two looks were cute but not spectacular. The couture dress was just too big and bulky and must have felt like a portable sweat lodge. I like Chris but top 4? I dunno.


Yah Sissy Bear! I love the whole cape and hood thing. Once again, very French Lieutenant's Woman....

The Madonna boobies threw the whole look off. You boys are bang on.

Still, I love you Chris, whatever you are, and I trust you're getting your rest now and eating your veggies. You are one of those people who brings a smile to the face no matter what you're doing.


I loved the whole collection! And the red carpet look really knocked me out--I loved the way it hung on the body and how unusual it was. I just thought it looked cool. I think Chris should have won. If he weren't on this special, I would have been bored and annoyed with the whole thing. Sorry for gushing, but Chris just lights up the place.


You guys forgot to mention one of THE most important elements of his runway show!

MOUNTAHA, bitches! A MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL ALL STAR if ever there was one! I can't believe y'all didn't give her a shout out!

Albeit was airing on Lifetime, what a great piece of Bravo cross-pollenation(sp) If there was anything else that was egregious about his collection, it's that he completely covered up her most fierce attribute! Those LEGS!

GO MOUNTAHA!


That was actually my favorite red carpet look. Yes, it was very heavy-looking, but compared to the other boring crap on that runway, it really stood out.


I want the first two looks on me now!


nishw said...
ok, don't kill me but i think most people say they love his collection because they love him, i means just read some of the comments here, they'll come up with anything to justify their reasoning for liking his collection.

8/24/09 6:56 PM


I know no one cares what I think, but I have to see that this comment is quite condescending to those of us who have always loved Chris' work. Without Chris M., Christian would not have won the avant garde challenge; his Hershey dress and prom gowns were lovely; Roberto Cavalli said he will have a haute couture Paris show with his talent; he had some clunkers, but can anyone say that Christian should NOT have been booted off for that mess of a prom dress??? They all had clunkers!!!

Chris seems like a wonderful, big-hearted human being, and with the likes of Jeffrey, Paris Hilton and skankyTheresa from NJ Housewives "gracing" our screens, it is a pleasure to watch someone who brings a smile to my face. Just MHO, and so it this:

Chris should have won this challenge!!

I don't drink anymore, so I will belly up to the bar for a lemonade.


Chris made a strong showing in the all-star challenge. High fashion, indeed! Way to go, Sissy Bear!


Ginmaru said...

You know this means he beat ALP and Santino **in his sleep!**


And BOOM Goes tha Dynamite!


i'm not dorothy gale

I adore S.B. and wonder what his collection would have looked like if he had felt better. His talent goes far beyond these garments.

Take care of yourself, Chris, and get healthy!


At least it wasn't hair!


I loved the first two looks and totally want them. Very retro inspired, and I love that look.

Chris was always the underdog. I'm glad to see him in the top 4.





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