Christian Siriano rose to fame on Project Runway, but nowadays that’s quite easy to forget because it seems the designer has made his own name. In his 5th season showcasing in the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the ruffle-loving designer made quite a splash with buyers, fans, and celebs alike.
The show started with lots of white, accessorized with Siriano’s own line of shoes from Payless. The looks were strong, very conscious of the female form, and quite often very romantic (I love the tulip hemline in the middle look, above.) The collection was inspired by Africa, India, and China which was evident in the towering wooden cutout heels (and one rather suspicious brocade suit in a safari print).
I wasn’t feeling the leather looks, though the dress above isn’t as painful as I suppose it could be. The shorts on the right however are definitely a miss. The prints that Siriano paired with these looks however, was exquisite.
Siriano really shines when it comes to his breathtaking and unwaveringly feminine gowns. I can only imagine that when the gown on the left hit the runway, there was lots of all-around sighing and about a bazillion flashbulbs going off. I love that he paired a metallic faux-croc skin print with a soft, billowy cascade of ruffles. If I were a Disney Princess, that’s the dress I’d request. Also of mention, the fabulous print mentioned above fashioned into a full-on gown. Hello, awards season!
Of course, I couldn’t leave out a photo of the showpiece in all of it’s overwhelming ruffled glory. Way too much in my book, and destined to never be worn beyond the runway, but certainly dramatic and oddly satisfying.
So what do you think? Siriano – over the top or can’t live without? For me, I think it’s a little of both.