Although initially coming into the limelight right after winning the Project Runway 4th edition, Christian Siriano is now easily rising through the international ranks thanks to his innate talent and jaw-dropping designs, which after the success of his spring/summer 2016 collection, are making the Christian Siriano pre-fall 2016 collection one-of-a-kind, too. With its well-tailored, edgy and indeed ready-to-wear designs, the collection is here to blow us, treating us to a mix of high and low pieces that brilliantly encapsulate any woman’s fashion desires. The collection is all about options, meaning that we definitely have something to wear from day to nighttime, formal parties and family events included.
His sources of inspiration? One of the greatest photographers of the XX century, as well as a fascinating human rights advocate and former actress, who still charms us with her amazing sense of style. “I just thought about the sex appeal in the works of Helmut Newton and Bianca Jagger,” he declared backstage.
The results are to be seen in the perfectly balanced garments and sinuous silhouettes, which not only enhance the figure, but could also be easily featured on international magazine covers. Such balance is to be seen in the color palette, too, wherein black, bold blue and bright magenta alternate each other making the collection nothing but a pleasure to watch.
Symmetry also plays a huge role within the line-up, although from times to times being interrupted by asymmetrical statement bows and oblique hems and belts. Christian Siriano just showed his ability with the art of layering and deconstructing lines, which grows bigger and bigger as soon as the line-up draws to a close. While the majority of cocktail dresses and long linear dresses emphasize the waistline, treating us with vintage pieces à la Greta Garbo, most of Siriano’s key pieces play with voluminous silhouettes and extravagant pearl appliqués, which romantically look like morning dew.
In order to give his pre-fall 2016 collection even more diversity, Siriano also opted for some mannish tailored suits with bell-bottom trousers, which may remind some of you of Marlene Dietrich’s characteristic androgynous look that fought all norms. Such vintage vibes run through the many peplum shirts and skirts, too, as well as floppy hats and delicate black capes, and romantically reinforce Siriano’s classic style.
Instead of just exploring peplum cuts, Siriano also made quite a good effort in adorning his pieces with roomy butterfly sleeves, mermaid gowns and tulle frocks, which create a good contrast with the collection’s main leitmotif – the more contemporary urban style look. Mainly seen in Siriano’s graphic black and white dresses, the collection’s urban-chic vibes take great advantage of fancy symmetrical cut-outs, sleek futuristic appliqués and patterns, as well as fringed and feather embellishments that undoubtedly give the line-up a contemporary touch.
He even managed to perfectly alternate sheer and sleek fabrics, as well as cutouts, fringed adornments and deconstructed lines in one single outfit. Siriano’s urban fairytale goes from head to toe, treating us with open-toe and lace-up stilettos that not only fit each of the 42 outfits he managed to create, but also give us one good happy ending, for sure.
Photos courtesy of Vogue