Christian Siriano S/S 2012: Spring at Sunset
Gone are the dark shadows from last season’s collection as Christian Siriano’s Spring collection is all about the radiance of the sky at sunset. With smoldering shades of chartreuse, coral, and citrus, designs dripping in chiffon, organza, and tulle glided down the runway.
This season, Siriano left his usual showcase location at Lincoln Center, electing the beautiful Eyebeam Atelier of Chelsea to house his Spring show. The front row featured an interesting slew of celebrities including Creative Director of Marie Claire Nina Garcia, the soulful singer Corinne Bailey Rae, and Siriano’s former counselor at Project Runway Heidi Klum. The runway’s facade featured an illuminated wall of shabby bricks which complemented the collection’s hues superbly.
Delicate ready-to-wear jersey blazers, crepe skirts, and croc blazer designs transitioned into the dramatic evening-wear for which Siriano is best known for. Floating down the runway, tulle and “barnacle” applique dresses and silk organza gowns wowed the crowd. In terms of inspiration, Siriano cited Katherine Hepburn which only held true in my eyes for the first half of the collection. For a second season, the collection was styled by Danielle Nachmani, who also happens to be the stylist for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The show’s runway music, featuring the sounds of Juliana Hatfield, Tracy Bonham, and The Beautiful Bodies, was put together by Siriano’s beau, Brad Walsh. Although Siriano is known for his bubbly character, I though the pop-infused tracks weren’t a great complement to the elegant collection.
Notably featured in the show were Siriano’s footwear collection for Payless Gold. Some of my favorite styles which stomped the runway were the vampy lace-up bootie, salmon sculptural wedge boot, and of course the classic peep-toe pump. For his collection of his runway to reality designs, Siriano said ” For Spring 12′, my inspiration is exotic tropical underwater specimens found while traveling to Bali, Honduras, and Belize. I was inspired the underwater creatures- their origins and how they developed these textures and colors.” An inspiration which seemed to hold true for the garments as well, the footwear collection is sure to be a sensation for those looking for an affordable way to integrate Siriano’s Spring collection into their everyday wear!
Lauren Valenti is founder of fashion and music website, TheVogueVibes.com , as well as a Contributing Editor to theMyFDBlog during fashion week