Gals, if you’ve been reading this site, you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for the designing wunderkind Christian Siriano. As a matter of fact, I will report that he was my first invitation I ever received for Fashion.Style.Beauty. I will be forever excited to see what he does.
When I walked into Center 548 Gallery in Chelsea for backstage coverage, I wasn’t prepared to see the red velvet curtains and the giant chandeliers hanging over the entrance to the runway. When you walked in, the room was quite simply bathed in glowing chandelier light, almost like hundreds of candles burning. It was such an incredible way to be greeted, particularly since most of us had to dig our way to the subway to get around after Nemo dumped snow on us.
After backstage beauty (more about that later,) I took my seat to watch the show. After falling madly in love with last season’s delicate ballet-inspired collection (and the Payless shoes that came out of that collection,) I was excited to see what he would do, especially after learning backstage that the inspiration was inspired by the grand age of the Russian ballet and the lavish interior of Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.
I wasn’t disappointed. Christian sent a collection of very wearable silhouettes down the runway in exquisite fabrics. I think the first words that come to mind to describe the collection are opulent and mindful. The fur is faux, the silhouettes are body-conscious and flattering, and the homages to old world Europe are noticeable but in a very current, modern way. I mean, he opened with knitwear with faux shearling shoulders and black leather calf leather trousers. That won me over immediately.
You’ll notice that the collection evolves in color from a strong saturation to deep jewel-tones to a collection of black dresses in the middle (not my favorites, to be honest), but then it picks up again metallic wool fuchsia and then moves into a collection of dresses that were TO DIE FOR. Particularly the finale dress, a gold beaded mesh illusion down, a confection of gold beading, mesh and stones that looked as if Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss had suddenly come to life. The model undulated down the runway as she wore it. Gasps were heard all around me.
I couldn’t shoot photos to do the collection justice, but this video will show you the entire collection start to finish. Just watch Christian in action. You won’t be disappointed.