Sunday at 8 p.m. Lifetime airs the first of its movies based on two novels from Ellen Byerrum's Crimes of Fashion series. First up, "Killer Hair."
If you want a fun, light chaser to wind up your weekend, tune in.
It stars Maggie Lawson (from 'Psych') as Lacey Smithsonian, a fashion writer in D.C., a town not known for being fashionable, except for the First Lady, as is noted in the film. She works for a D.C paper that is not the Washington Post, and she yearns for more. In a small Colorado town she was the cops reporter.
When a stylist friend dies in what everyone else thinks is a suicide, Lacey and her friend, another stylist, figure it has to be murder. The departed would not be caught dead with the haircut she's buried in. Her caring friends even put a Catherine Zeta-Jones wig on her so she can rest in peace with some style.
Lacey sets out to solve the crime. I liked Lawson in this part; it's sort of like Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless" grown up and maybe smarter. The scenes with her friends are the best scenes.
The cast isn't bad either. Mark Consuelos plays a rival reporter; James McDaniel, her frustrated boss; Finola Hughes, a stylist. Mary McDonnell is in it for a minute, as Lacey's mom. Mario Cantone plays a surprisingly hetero stylist.
But the extra fun is in the fashion. There's no way that a reporter in D.C. not working for the Post (or working at most other papers) could afford these clothes, but a girl can dream. Lots of red pumps, including a nifty pair of patent leather red Mary Janes so precious they are kept on a mantle. Lovely toppers. Cool brooches. I saw designer Kevan Hall's name in the credits; I think his clothes are featured in the ending fashion show.
There's not much mystery in "Killer Hair," but that's OK. It's a good time.