You’ll see, the title def makes sense.
There was a funeral procession at Lincoln Center last night. Not, it was actually Christian Siriano’s show. there was just NO color in Siriano’s new line for Fall/Winter 2011. But good things come to those who wait, 24 looks in, he had the most gorgeous, rich green and rose in his clothes.
Christian opened his show with an all black look, shirt under jacket. Not too exciting up north, but take a gander downstairs and you’ll notice that the shoes are flawless. It’s not surprising that the footwear in his collections are neat because after all, the shoe collection/ collaboration with Payless is a HUGE moneymaker for Christian and he’s fairly good at it. And although one model fell and another almost ate it twice, the shoes still rock. It’s the price you pay for fashion.
As the looks come down the runway, we see more leather and more S&M boots.
It seems that the focus of this collection is really texture. The most prominent is the carpet texture, which he presented in a few looks on the sleeves and in the finale dress. Not a fan of the texture on the dress (see below), but the thick of the sleeves and the thin of the shirt make for a really interesting contrast. Additionally, a cool new texture: matte black scallops with shiny black leather. Shown on a skirt and a few dresses.
About halfway through the show, Christian introduced a new silhouette where the skirt ballooned away from the body, almost like it is repelling off of her. Its different, hopefully it’ll catch on.
One last thing: Someone should really inform Siriano that if he wants to share some Post-Show champagne with his models who have been starving themselves for a month, he should wait until AFTER the show. Then they wouldn’t have so much trouble making it down the damn runway.
Lets be real, what was he thinking showing his bathroom rug at New York Fashion week? Poor Carpet Girl ended up having to carry the dress. Otherwise, I liked the collection. Very grown up, but still very Christian Siriano.
Technical Director, and Fashion Correspondent for Fagazine,
Ok, so as you know, or at least I hope you do, today marked the beginning of the best week of the year. New York Fashion Week. There was a healthy dose of the good, the bad, and the ugly. So I am starting a tradition for The Fagazine. I am going to talk about my pick for worst show, best show, and the garment I am obsessed with, whether it be menswear or womens.
Today, I was tipped off when I was out and about Cincinnati by my friend, a fellow fashion enthusiast that Christian Siriano’s show was a bust. Ryan Seminara, is a jack of all trades when it comes to design with a very good eye so I took his word for it. (He is amazing at duplicating dresses, and undoubtedly making his own designs spring to life, but he also designed the logo for this blog.) I didn’t take his word lightly. He sent me a few pictures of dresses that made me cringe and there weren’t many things that Christian could have done to bounce back from these atrocious beasts. They were a set of his signature “stunner” gowns that went down the runway, and three of the forty looks brought everything down with them. The red dress with entirely too much frill made me think of a prom dress gone horribly wrong, or on steroids. There is simply no way for the dresses (or the other two for that matter) to be flattering for ANYONES figure. The second dress was flesh colored with darker shades that hinted to a slightly wrinkled flesh, part of a man’s anatomy. Yes, I am talking about a scrotum. I know right? Ew. If you watched the live cast and you saw how the dress moved there is no denying the resemblance. This analogy was brought to my attention by Ryan also. Well done Mr. Siriano. The final dress looked like something produced by a freshman fashion design student as a joke. The dress lacks any shape and the shirt looks like someone strapped on a part of the great koral reef. Not cute. The idea behind this collection, according to Siriano himself, was to bring together all cultures into one collection. This sounds like a cop out to me. The collection was not coherent what so ever and it seemed that there was no trend to the color scheme, and the story line? Forget about it, non existent. Siriano has been dead on every time in years past but I can’t find any redeeming garment in this collection. So if you hadn’t guessed already, this was my choice for worst show.
My choice for best show was by far Nicholas K. This collection is totally my style and extremely wearable. All walks of life could pull off this collection. The relaxed collection consisted of muted tones and easy to wear clothing. But they all had a fashion forward aspect to them. The greens, greys and everything in between kept me on my toes throughout. This is for the fashionista(o) who still likes to be comfortable in what he or she is wearing. The loose fitted shirts and the flowing jackets were enough to make me burst with excitement. The layering that this duo pulls off is also flawless. Layering is one of my strengths and a staple of my personal style. So I may be biased, but this collection is sure to please most everyone who comes across it. I also found my favorite garment of the day (and probably the week) in this collection. A mens jacket that is relaxed and yet still dramatic enough to fit me to a t. I must have it. I am getting goosebumps just thinking about how cozy this would feel draped along my shoulders, and how fierce I would look walking around Cincinnati and the rest of the world in it. So here it is. Do you DIE?
Talk to you tomorrow kiddies. Stay ferocious.
Editor In Cheif of Fagazine,