The Plaza and Payless—two words you never thought would go together. But Christian Siriano has other ideas on dismantling the exclusivity of luxury fashion. A continuing thread of themes from Siriano’s collections advocates high fashion meeting accessibility. The designer is here to dress every woman, with no bias towards waist measurements or color of skin.
Head-to-toe burgundy fringe, foofy pink tulle dresses with embroidered cranes and breast-baring sheer tops sashayed down the runway; a collection as diverse as the models who walked it. Like any collection under his reign, Siriano put and an emphasis on “powerful silhouettes and strong expressive shapes” with Victorian-inspired puff sleeves, tastefully cut slits and ruched waistlines.
Siriano sought inspiration in windswept sand designs from the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The garments echoed deep red clay and shimmering copper metal in the forms of posh velvet jumpsuits and micro-pleated, off-the-shoulder tops with matching sleeves. Loose trousers and a casually draped top in silver resembled the natural patterns found in canyon rocks, with flowing diagonal lines.
Like many of his designer peers (Prabal Gurung, Tome and Public School to name a few), Siriano decided to use his platform as a means of expression in response to the current state of our country. The message “People are People” in bold, white letters adorned a basic black T-shirt matched with a pink, high-slit satin skirt – no doubt a hit, heard in the crowd’s applause. Not only is Siriano making a political statement, the proceeds of limited edition pieces went to the ACLU, with a mission to protect the individual rights of every person in this country.
Siriano is not interested in creating walls or boundaries, but instead dressing every woman from every background and size and providing high quality, luxury fashion that is above all attainable and stylish.
Written by Emily Cole
Images courtesy of Agentry PR