Christian Siriano Ready-To-Wear Fall 2019
Christian Siriano likes to take his audience on a trip, and Fall meant a jaunt to Midtown and the top of Rockefeller Center. Though the logistics proved difficult—fussy fashion guests always object to a queue, and getting everyone into their seats took patience—the 360 views of the Manhattan skyline and Raymond Hood’s art deco architecture complimented the collection. Futurism through the eyes of the society set served as the theme. Party girls are always going to need something to wear; Siriano intends to give it to them. “The idea was, if we’re living in another futuristic world, what would the social calendar be like?” he quipped backstage. “How would people dress and where would they go?"
A knee-length silver faux fur on Chanel Iman kicked off a space-age panoply of looks that were Ruby Rhod meets Judy Jetson. In Siriano’s vision of the future, extroverts have overthrown the earth, so the pieces in his show that were most forward looking tended to be statement-making. Peplum dresses in liquid metal fabric, cropped puffer coats that defied winter logic, and jumpsuits with a “cosmic” stripe that resembled wood grain were all appealing. The visual signatures of Siriano’s woman are by now readily apparent, and her confident presence was all over his Fall offerings. Case in point: upon seeing Iman in her sparkle, Orange Is the New Blackstar Danielle Brooks summed up audience feelings with an apt “Ooh there she is!”
Familiarity is a blessing and a curse. Siriano comes full circle this year with a return to Project Runway, the series that gave him his first push towards household name status. In the years since his television debut he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for outfitting women of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life in decadent fashion, but he has refined his aesthetic considerably. Still not a minimalist by any stretch, he’s hit a sweet spot with red carpet fare and dramatic suiting. Fall's foray into sci-fi territory allowed for silhouettes that were a step outside that glamorous comfort zone. There will always be room for ruffles and a full skirt on his runway, but Ashley Graham’s mod mesh gown covered in crystals and accented by a silver cap was an editorial moment that bodes well for the future.