Christian Siriano has earned the status at TheFashionList of being the show we most anticipate each season. Duckie Brown has the status on the men’s side & Christian carries the banner on the women’s. His offering for Fall 2016 made it abundantly clear that he’s not just a designer that we at TheFashionList want to watch, but why he ought to be a designer that everyone ought to watch.
He seems to step up his game incrementally each season. When he first began his collection & quickly became the most buzz-worthy collection of NY Fashion Week, it was due as much about who he was as what he was showing. The cynical were there to watch him crash & burn, the hopeful were there to watch the flamboyant brilliance of his very public start flourish into the impossible dream… a new fashion house. Thankfully, the latter won & the naysayers were sent packing. What we are left with truly is a new American fashion house with a young talent at the helm.
The game changer this season was the merchandising & subtlety of what was shown. The collection transitioned seamlessly from beginning to end & wove a story that was chock full of context, yet peppered with just enough excitement to leave us waiting for the next installment, much like the cadence of a great novel or a well written serial show.
As his first look walked, a Mustard Yellow cable knit turtleneck sweater with matching skirt… but wait, the fit was far too close to the body & slenderizing to be a bulky cable knit… then the line notes informed… digitally printed cable knit on jersey. Brilliant! The a play on weight & bulk & proportion & technology was a new step for this designer… a game changer! The rest of the show unfolded much the same way & the underlying humor in the collection was clear when a Red super bulky knit scarf was sent out a few looks later & the observers were left wondering… “how did he print that one to look so bulky?” But alas, it really was heavy gauge knit & not a print! Genius. When the actual bulky knit, was combined with a top in the printed bulky knit, the results were even more so!
As the show wrapped up, after taking us down a narrow, but never dull collection that didn’t stray from the Taupe, Black, Mustard & Red color palette with a print here, a stripe there, one bold horizontal version of the latter that was dubbed a tribute to Bowie, it was clear that Christian Siriano meant business & not business as usual. He came out swinging with this collection & landed nearly every punch!
We can’t wait for September… both to see these items in the stores & to see what he shows next!
Designer Website: www.christiansiriano.com
Photos by Elvia Gobbo