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Christian Siriano Fall 2009

siriano1Christian Siriano aimed to give “the modern working girl a bit of Cleopatra’s drama” with his Egyptian-inspired Fall 2009 collection. Expect gold, chocolate brown, and dark turquoise in bold shapes and cuts. Intriguing styles include a satin high collar, puff sleeve blouse with sculpted front petals, a sleek vest slipped over a cashmere cowlneck sweater, and a number of hard metallic pieces suggestive of the sacred scarab beetle.

One can never have too many coats in the fall, and Siriano provides a wide range of flattering silhouettes, from the classic peacoat with gold zippers, to outerwear with cinched waists, bell sleeves, and tuxedo pintuck details. There were also several one-shoulder ruched dresses, but Siriano does especially well with his grandiose gowns, complete with a daring headdress, gathered train, and hammered satin layers. The gold lips and those fetching, fringed bangs brought a nice costume effect.

Siriano also debuted his shoe collection for Payless.  The gold pyramid heels, stacked chains, and subtle hieroglyphic print complemented the Egyptian theme, but would make the transition marvelously onto city streets.

– Tiffany Chang

See more photos from the Christian Siriano show below

Lela Rose Fall 2009

Photos By Stevyn Llewellyn

For Fall 2009, Lela Rose takes the vibrant canopies of an “enchanted” rainforest and adds a dash of the city girl’s jet-set life to create the ultimate concrete jungle. A shimmery, waterfall-inspired dress looked urban-chic over dark tights while a double-wrapped leather belt provided the right cinch for a gold queen bee gown. Charcoal jackets and graphite skirts certainly complemented the dazzling viridian greens, magentas, and lazuli blues.

Lela Rose’s layering technique mimics that of an “insect’s exoskeleton”, a very intriguing effect seen in the thick armor of the beetle-back trenchcoat, in vivid hues of the dragonfly-esque printed separates, and even in the twisted cream silk of the ethereal cocoon gown. Asymmetrical shoulder detailing added immensely to the aura of “magical creatures” flitting to and fro, weaving through vines and traffic lights.

Additionally, this season Lela Rose has partnered with Payless Shoes to create a line of satin dyeable shoes. A number of styles are available in stores, including round-toe pumps and ankle booties. “Unforgettable Moments” was launched to make finding the perfect pair of shoes, for any special occasion, simple and affordable.

– Tiffany Chang

Photos By Stevyn Llewellyn