Beware! Arabic invasion is on its way to the fashion world. The extremely talented American fashion designer Christian Siriano, well known as the youngest winner of Project Runway (4th season), has just showcased his new collection, which is imbued with the motives of the Arabic jewel – Morocco. Getting inspiration from the Moroccan culture, luxurious traditional clothing style as well as the architecture and landscapes, Siriano slowed down on creating his signature bold evening gowns spicing them up with a reserved chic feel. As it could be expected, the designer is getting better day by day, gathering experience and trying his hand on new styles: that is mainly, why he concentrated more on sportswear in the Christian Siriano spring/summer 2016 collection considering it important for the line’s versatility.
The runway show began with nudes made into classic silky midi dresses that highlighted the benefits of a woman’s silhouette with no excess inch of skin showing. Then horizontal stripes on asymmetric numbers followed in and made the people desire for those eccentric huge-fringed skirts, gowns to the floor and X-dresses with V-neck and buttons all in eye-catching silky white. Whites seem to be the designer’s favorites for the season, as he did not stop on silk and made white pieces in the form of monochrome coat-gown, web-guipure midi dress with shorter lining and transparent reversed triangle on the waist line. The monochrome cotton fabric looks equally amazing on all the numbers it is made into, especially the knee-length second-skin dress that has a peculiar detail on the shoulder-sleeve line. It is like a second pair of straps that works perfectly on every number Siriano added it into.
We would not believe that the Christian Siriano spring 2016 collection belongs to this talented designer if it did not start getting bolder and crazier right in the middle of the show. Feathers, fringes, fluffy pom-poms, knitwear and chiffons streamed through the catwalk made into dresses for both the most exquisite elegant appearance on the red carpet, and thematic social gatherings, where everyone recreates a character from an entirely different culture and time. You could totally be a new Jasmine putting on the long golden bell-dress and adding some hair extensions to resemble her. Though Siriano went for a more European-American messy modern hair look and sent the models down the runway with slightly wavy, kind of carefree straight hair in blonde and cold brown hues. He even went further and instead of offering a nude no makeup look, suggested wearing paled lips with slightly highlighted brown-shadowed eyes. This does represent the feel of Morocco, as we know it for the strong attention to the eyes without overdoing them.
We already thought that pastels and nudes are the only colors we would see during the show, when strong mind-blowing hues came to complete the line. Bright peach, brilliant sky-blue and breathtaking sunny yellow colored gowns brought the ultimate warmth, which is so typical of Morocco and the Arabic world. This shining and edgy feel was what the show lacked from its start.
Photos courtesy of Vogue