Christian Sirano, the “ferosh” little pixie we grew to love on Project Runway Season 4 has easily had the most post-show success. As a contestant, he stood out due to his over the top, avant-garde aesthetic, which he continued to display through his projects with Payless, and his eponymous line. This season, though, it looks like this young designer has tapped a more purified toned down ethic, while still showing some evidence of his former extravagance.
The show kicked off with stark simplistic black dresses and separates, complimented with asymmetrics, sheers and shine. As the show progressed, the colors transitioned into a mossy, olive green and then to a rosy mauve, colors that may be tricky for some complexions, but worked well on the runway, especially after so much black. Unfortunately, once the collection moved into the realm of color, I found the designs became more derivative and lackluster.
The boxy toed, stiletto platform heels proved to be a challenge for some of the models, as a few of them tripped and stumbled on the runway. We will have to wait to see if we can expect consumer versions of the footwear and handbags through Payless as we have in the past. If so, bring a flip cam to your local Payless outlet on release day; I’m sure you’ll get some stellar Youtube footage while women try them on.
The show ended with a few examples of Siriano’s typical dress extravagance, which brought a smile to my face. I’m a fan of the “go big or go home” edict, and was beginning to think I was going to be totally let down. For me, half the fun of fashion is imagining where these magnificent pieces of clothing might be appropriate, and dreaming I could be there. Finale skirt, I’m talking to you, all rosy and explosive with your lazy folds cascading – I want to go where you are.
What do you think of the Christian Siriano collection? View the entire line here at NYMag.com, and check out behind the scenes and runway in action.
Runway photos courtesy of NYMag.com
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