Saturday, February 27, 2010

NY FALL 2010: Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano: Comes up trumps
By Joseph Ungoco for

Despite the usual circus-like check in for which the runway shows of all Project Runway alumni are known, the atmosphere once inside the tent was fairly reserved. The high intensity bubblegum pop soundtrack kept the mood lively.

A hush of anticipation fell over the crowd as the lights dimmed signaling the opening of the show. The first look was signature Siriano, a leath asymmetrically zipped biker jacket with an oversized peplum. Significantly less costume-y than previous seasons, the looks that followed seemed quite wearable.

Flounce ruffles and volume still play a major role in Siriano's collection. Surprisingly, his take on the leg of mutton and bishop sleeves we've seen in other collections for the past two seasons was lean, fresh, and downright edgy. Perhaps it was his excellent choice and blending of textiles and textures.

The color palette moved seamlessly from gray through black to a toned down royal blue. Fuchsia was the one foray into really strong color and voluminous draping, but two seasons after Lanvin, these blooms felt less than fresh. Overall however, Siriano cemented his place in fashion as more than a personality, a talented designer in his own right.

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