Christian Siriano is dreaming visions of Mediterranean beach resorts for Spring 2017. Perhaps the South of France or it could be the Isle of Capri. Maybe even the Lido Beach in Venezia. Regardless, his large floppy hats, some to near ridiculous proportions, giant matching sunnies & liberal use of awning stripes made it clear where his mind was.
The news, however, was not in his clothing, which was lovely & decided on course for this runway darling, but rather on his model choice. Last time I saw Christian on the runway, was in April, on a sun plashed terrace overlooking the East River just off the Delegates’ Dining Room at the United Nations. He was debuting his collection for Lane Bryant. Strutting down the runway was a bevy of ladies of all sizes & shapes. He was the headline name anchoring the Body Inclusivity & Diversity Summit that was taking place that day at the UN. While his collection was well received by those in attendance, in fact, I believe he got a standing ovation, what stood out in my mind was the fact that all of these women were of a certain size. It was very obvious. They still were calling attention to themselves as somehow different. His show for Fashion Week was the next step in the evolution of body inclusion.
What Christian did during his NYFW show was a monumental stride in the cause of body inclusivity. He included women of all sizes & didn’t segregate. Didn’t isolate. Didn’t spotlight. Instead, the made the conscious decision to simply include. Bravo!!! He showed models of varying sizes all mixed together. Traditional runway sizes were shown along side more common sizes. At first, the audience was like “what was that?” Then the next model came out & we were like, “Wait a minute…” By the time the third model came out, the audience was clued in. In fact, a small round of applause erupted in our section. Then an amazing thing happened… we all went back to work & didn’t think twice. The barrier had been broken.
We got back to work admiring the Black & White awning stripes, the bold, large scale prints that were a little bit floral, a little bit abstract, a little bit something else, but a whole lot of attractive. Christian’s trademark asymmetrical ruffles appeared here & there as well in a range of Black, Cream, Terracotta, Orange, & Turquoise ensembles that looked so right. He even got into the pattern blocked thing with a Black & White Op-Art dress that was delectable. Christian Siriano is a master merchandiser & his craft was on display at full volume, both literally & figuratively this season.
This designer has such talent. So much to say & such a bright future. I only wish his nay sayers in the fashion community would realize it & give him the accolades he deserves. I’m sick of being forced to defend his design merit among the fashionistas who think otherwise. But, no worries, I will until my service is no longer needed! In me, he has a fan…
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.christiansiriano.com
Photos by Elvia Gobbo