Project Runway's most celebrated alumni sent his darker event dresses down the runway at the beginning of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. He played with volume and sheer, with elaborate ruffling to dress up the ballgown silhouettes. Black favored heavily in the overall palette, as Christian Siriano understands what "fierce" NY women like to wear. One would think that the monochromatic presentation would be boring, but the designer kept the visuals interesting by mixing the weights and textures of the fabrics within each fabric. Knits were layered with satin, chiffon with wool, etc.
Accessories on the other, were not as successful. Mr. Siriano's collaboration with Payless Shoes has been heavily promoted by the brand, but the footwear chosen for the show was awkward. Perhaps the Payless platform just wasn't made for the runway walker, as several models were visibly challenged by them.
Siriano's glam-licious creations always bring out the stars...Mena Suvari, Gabrielle Union and Alexa Chung were spotted shopping from the front row.