Christian Siriano has had great success dressing big name celebrities, especially recently with names like Michelle Obama and Leslie Jones under his belt, and he certainly showed his growth as a designer during his New York Fashion Week show. For the Christian Siriano spring/summer 2017 he showed an impressive understanding of how to pair patterns and showed a much more refined sense of when to use bright colors than in some of his past season showings.
But what else was impressive was his lineup of models that walked the runway, and the silhouettes that were amplified due to that. Siriano truly made a bold move this season, as he did something not many designers of his prestige will do for a fashion week; he also created fabulous looks for plus size models.
This decision was less surprising for this designer based on his recent clientele, but it made no less of an impact when it first hit the runway. Many of the plus size looks that walked were greeted by a grand round of applause.
Best known by his clients for his unique designs for special occasions, Siriano opted to show off that side of himself, while also pausing in some points for some great daywear pieces that were beautifully wearable – all of the pieces, however, carried that fabulous elegance that the designer himself always tends to walk with.
There were several pieces that will undoubtedly be walking the red carpet sometime soon, but we’ll have to wait and see who gets dibs, especially with his extensive client base, a few of which made prominent appearances by taking seats in the front row. Ashley Graham, Christina Hendricks, Coco Rocha, Kelly Osbourne with her now-iconic dog Polly, and Pamela Anderson were just some Siriano lovers in the crowd for the show.
But it looks as though Alexander may be one of the most adamant celebs in the race to secure her favorite event looks from the designer, noting some of his best traits. “[Siriano] is one of my favorites; he just seems to make the best clothes for every shape of woman out there,” she said. “You can move in [his clothing], you can feel sexy in it – it’s not constructing, it’s flattering. There’s something for everyone. Not everything is a size zero with him, and I appreciate that.”
But for those not looking for a new red carpet gown in vibrant colors, there were pieces like a beautiful jacket-dress in the line’s recurring stripe, and easy flowing garments that would look beautiful just strolling down the street. They all acted as great sister pieces to the event-wear which featured larger-than-life ruffles, and a great deal of drama that the designer has been known for ever since his fashion debut in the fourth season of Project Runway.
The only place he lost us was with his layering; placing bra-shaped pieces over already beautiful garments worked in a couple of places maybe, but the whole line would have been more easygoing had they been mixed altogether. The decision was a risk, however, and we have to give merit to that decision if nothing else.
Overall, though, the showing was very beautiful from Siriano this season, and we love seeing his initiative with sending clothes for women of multiple sizes down the runway. It’s always great seeing bright, young designers taking efforts to move the fashion industry forward and pushing the boundaries set for it!
Photos courtesy of Vogue