Dressed with dark lips, icy tones and pointy stilettos the models at Christian Siriano’s Autumn/Winter 2012 runway show were a far cry from the big ruffles and bows he came onto the fashion scene with nearly four years ago.
More streamlined and subdued, the collection was inspired by the 1933 film, “Vampire Bat.”
He explained that while “Vampire Bat” is a quirky horror film, Fay Wray, who stars in the picture, was too stunning and glamorous that he wanted to bring her aura into his collection.
There were inverted widow’s peak necklines, very pretty caped sleeve on dresses (reminded me of Morgan de Toi circa 1998), numerous pieces in complete white and lots of satin.
This is also probably the first time that Siriano’s collection didn’t include one of his signature big, showstopping, audience-gasping gowns.
In fact, if you were to read a pre-Fashion Week editorial in the New York Times, the former reality television star has been making an effort as of late to show restraint with his designs.
In the piece he spoke of trying to seek the approval of the fashion industry and attempting to distance himself from being a “reality star.”
Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts where he made fashion the topic for his senior thesis and then went to design school at American InterContinental University in London, interning with Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
Yet, in the fashion industry he’s still that kid who said “fierce” a lot on “Project Runway.”
Siriano told the New York Times he’s looking to go the simpler route for acceptance, after being turned down for membership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the country’s most influential and prestigious trade organization.
So, while his restraint has done him well — this collection was flawless, well tailored with long, lean lines and a solid consistency, for me, it lacked a certain amount of “Christian.”
Big ruffles and ballgowns aren’t necessary to make a collection grand, but we would have liked to see a bit more of a balance between critical approval and the sugar that keeps his clientele coming back fore more.
We think Christian should just be himself.
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*Images by Filippo Fior/ GoRunway.com*
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