NY Fashion Week Spring 2012: Christian Siriano runway review

September 16, 2011
By Sheryl Blasnik

Christian Siriano

On Saturday, September 10th, former Project Runway Winner Christian Siriano presented his Spring 2012 collection at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.  Still a fan favorite Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Elle’s Joe Zee watched from the front row.

It seems that young Christian, age 26, has grown up since winning Season Four of Project Runway and writing a book called Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self.  Usually known for his flamboyant over-the-top designs this season Siriano surprised us with bright colored maxi skirts, paper bag-waist pants worn with simple striped T-shirts, quite a departure from last seasons dark hues.  The color palette consisted of coral, chartreuse, citrus, oyster and summer whites.  Stating Katherine Hepburn as his muse the opening looks were very marketable and could easily translate from runway to RTW giving off a vibe that appeared to be a lazy day at the shore.


Christian Siriano

As the looks progressed from look 1 to look 38 so did the glam quotient returning back to the looks we all have come to expect from this quirky designer.  A favorite look that I could see being worn at the Emmys this weekend was a citrus colored organza and tulle pleated gown with a spiral bodice seen in the center photo above.  Another stand out look was a silk bustier with draped bust in chartreuse worn with an oyster organza coral reef pencil skirt referencing the underwater specimen inspiration.

The shoes were part of his Christian Siriano for Payless Shoesource Gold Collection designer collaboration.

INSPIRATION: ” For Spring 12′, my inspiration is exotic tropical underwater specimens found while traveling to Bali, Honduras, and Belize. I was inspired by these underwater creatures- their origins and how they developed these textures and colors.  They are truly stunning and inspirational.”

Hair: Aveda

Makeup: MAC Cosmetics


Photos: Style.com

Sheryl Blasnik


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