Contributor Lauren Lipsay had a chance to take in Christian Siriano’s Spring 2012 Collection. Here’s her review: Guests lined up early for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2012 collection show. Although huddled around the door of the Eyebeam Studio in Chelsea, they didn’t seem to mind: seeing the latest from Siriano, Project Runway winner and purveyor of all things fierce, was definitely worth the wait.
Siriano is best known for his glam, over-the-top eveningwear, but has strived with his past three collections to stake his claim as a more well-rounded designer. To that end, this most recent collection succeeded. Siriano had dual inspirations for the looks – a traveling fashionista vacationing by the waters of the French Riviera, as well as the water itself – but they meshed together well. For the opening looks, crisp whites were styled with punchy lime green and bright coral in a variety of shapes: swingy palazzo pants, an A-line dress, a few caped blouses. The models’ hair was left loose, moving behind them as if in a beach breeze. Cat-eye sunglasses, worn with many of the early looks, added to the summery effect. Siriano’s shoes had sensually curved heels and shell details, evocative of undersea creatures.
Midway through the show, the perfect white of the earlier looks began to gave way to a sandy tan (as if the white pieces had survived a shipwreck). A simple chiffon dress had spectacular movement, but a more-figure hugging shape with an oddly-ruched cumberbund didn’t exactly flatter the model. Siriano’s later pieces, his familiar eveningwear, were the show’s standouts; a muted tee paired with a voluminous lime skirt to chic effect. The ocean’s influence was played out in many of the pieces: seaweed appeared to snake down one skirt, and a coral dress actually looked like… well, coral.
The show’s only awkward moment was the actual end, as models lined up to walk the runway one last time. The lights remained off and the music didn’t play, leaving guests to wonder if this was a glitch or if Siriano had something special planned. It was, in all likelihood, a technical slip-up but when all was righted the models stormed the runway with renewed energy. All a learning experience and much like his career, Siriano’s clothes show growth and talent…he’s certainly getting there.