Christian Siriano is no doubt Project Runway’s most celebrated alumni. The impish designer showed his spring 2015 collection in Chelsea yesterday, surrounded by a crowd of celebrities and hardcore fans.
Before the fashion show, there the crowd was hyped up about Orange is the New Black stars Uzo Aduba and Jackie Cruz. Supermodel Coco Rochas and lovely Mena Suvari were in attendance. One of my favorite comedians Amy Schumer was holding court and making people laugh. Jada Pinkett Smith was smoldering with her upcoming show Gotham ready to launch.
The crowd hushed quickly when the fashion show started. The collection started with a group of beautiful white dresses. The silhouettes were reminiscent of the high glamour of the 1980’s but made in more contemporary fabrics. There were slick 80’s blue and mint green outfits paired with blown out blonde hair and sunglasses, very Rodeo Drive.
I loved the beading and embroidery of many of his looks in the second half of the fashion show. Siriano has a great sense of being able to take classic Haute Couture references and re-interpret them for a younger, modern crowd. I keep noticing that looks that appear on his runway “inspire” more established designers two seasons later, probably designers he once looked up to.
Christian Siriano blasted out of the reality show spotlight and flourished amazingly well ever since. As skeptical as I am about up-and-comers, I have to admit this Siriano is going to be an icon in the making.photos by Mariana Leung