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Christian Siriano Spring 2011

Photo By Stevyn Llewellyn

There’s much to love about Project Runway’s darling Christian Siriano, and while we were quite dazzled by the oceanic prints of the Spring 2010 Collection last season,  this season proved to be bit more muted. Perhaps it was the color scheme of nudes and caramels and the ever present safari themed jackets and belts. “Wearable” was a word you heard quite often during the show. It was not an unexpected collection–you could say that there were no surprises. Siriano loves the dramatic gown and it was quite evident in his frothy, tulle-laden strapless or one shoulder pieces and simple, classic, ruffled cocktail dresses. His signature gown, or show-stopper, was a crimson one shoulder concoction. And while it was a sight to behold, one wonders if drama need always be the grand gesture.
— Jeanie Kwak
Photos By Stevyn Llewellyn


Christian Siriano Fall 2010

Christian Siriano has a reputation to uphold. The Spring collection last September was so ebullient, I wanted to burst into applause (and I did, due to some lovely, otherworldly gowns). I did not expect anything less from him this season. For this Fall collection, the young Project Runway winner focused on a European look, specifically Parisian women of the 1960’s. It is a look back to when women got dressed everyday and wore suits and gloves and beautiful shoes.

This return to classic wear is reinterpreted in a sharper, sleeker silhouette. The show opened with a fitted leather zip front jacket and a wool pencil skirt and then progressed into a collection of wing sleeve cashmere coats and chevron print ensembles. Models donned large sparkly shades, their hair sleek and swept to the side
reminiscent of old Hollywood screen sirens, perfect for the smoky blue lighting on the runway. The collection then turned airier and lighter as metallics and chiffon blouses and dresses emerged. Unexpected colors like fuchsia and ruffles also began to appear, flounced and running asymmetrically down satin cocktail dresses and adorning the sides of shoes. But what Christian is known and adored for, at least by me, are his gowns. The stunner was an organza soft charcoal multi-tiered gown with a draped shoulder. Muted, soft and wonderful to watch, the dress moved in a shape-shifting mesmerizing way. It was not fitted, but the airiness of the organza gave it an ethereal quality. But he saved the best for last. A model appeared in a brilliant fuchsia gown that had a frothy train of scalloped tulle that trailed behind her. There it was, the grandiose gesture I was waiting for. The reserve that was apparent at the start of the show escalated to this, most epic display of luxe gowns. Someone send him to Paris. He’s ready.
—Jeanie Kwak
Photos By Stevyn Llewellyn

Runway Spring 2010

Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week featuring finales by Lacoste, Georges Chakra, Andy and Debb, Academy of Art University, Christian Siriano, Chado Ralph Rucci, Vivienne Tam, Thuy, Diane VonFurstenberg, Rebecca Taylor, Tuleh, and Custo Barcelona. Filmed by Stevyn Llewellyn for Modern Glossy.

Christian Siriano Spring 2010

siriano_titleOne thing I love about a young designer is a certain joie de vivre, which in my mind equates with youthful vigor, fantasy and imagination. Escapism, too, much needed when times are somber, no? Christian Siriano presented a show nothing short of what he is best at: the dramatic gesture. But sophisticated, nonetheless, and mature and assured. Sure, I’m a fan. I love the kid. I see him from time to time around Williamsburg with his flip hair and glasses looking like your everyday hipster slash pixie. Who knew he could turn out a collection so frothy with silk chiffon drapery, beautiful organza bell sleeve blouses with ruffled fronts in chiffon? His collection, according to his designer’s statement, is inspired by luxe Mediterranean travel. He utilizes rich jewel colors of fuchsia, blue, and orange to evoke a lush coastal sunset. The fabric print/pattern that he uses in his fitted funnel neck dresses and silk chiffon layered dresses are actual aerial photographs of the Italian coast line that has been flipped, modified, repeated and saturated with Oceanic colors. Stunning. Three looks that made me take notice were the daring silk knit body suit (so unforgiving! Leaves nothing to the imagination!) in an oceanic/volcanic print, and the last two gowns in the show, which created a ripple of applause: The Chiffon and tulle layered ombre gown in a beautiful cascading blush and the jaw dropping strapless satin faced organza draped flounce gown, which looked frothy, like soft egg white peaks. Amazing. It’s what a girl dreams of wearing. I mean, if you so happen to vacation on lush Italian coasts. Who knew a tiny kid like that could dream it up?
– Jeanie Kwak
Photos © Stevyn Llewellyn
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Runway 2009

Fashion week’s fall 2009 collections depicted here in part one of a two part video series highlighting each designer’s show finale. Designers featured here are:
Tadashi Shoji, Richard Chai, Venexiana, Christian Siriano, Nanette Lepore, Lela Rose, Diesel, Dennis Basso, Carolina Hererra, Cho Cheng, Rebecca Taylor, Badgley Mischka, Akiko Ogawa, and Thuy. Filmed by Stevyn Llewellyn for Modern Glossy.