Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY: Fall 2009 Christian Siriano


 Everyone’s favorite Project Runway alumnus, best known for his highly propogated catchword, “Fierce!”, is now in his third season as a designer diva. It seems Siriano is finding himself right at home in his new niche. The season-four winner made his first runway debut with his ruffled, conquistador-inspired Fall ’08 collection that received rave reviews.

Egyptian rockstar: Looking like a cross between Cleopatra and Bianca Jagger, Siriano’s Fall 2009 collection was a welcome followup to his first few rounds on the runway. The dramatic pieces included sleek, gleaming pantsuits and body-hugging dresses in silk charmeuse and organza. The piece de resistance, a “gilded fur pharaoh gown” accessorized with an outlandish headpiece, appropriately worn by exotic model Sessilee Lopez, drew gasps. If it were 490 A.D., Siriano’s face would be on every pyramid wall, and we’d be saying “Tutenkhamen, who?”

Shapes and silhouettes: It seems the ruffles are still the forerunners, but this time, the collection features much more intricate and feminine folding. Everything from slim cut dandy-style pants, to billowing trousers, were seen with large, pronounced shoulders that were draped beautifully, reminiscent of Victorian drapery. Also, quite a few one-shoulder dresses were featured, as well.

Color palette: Rich, saturated gemstone shades of gold, brown, and turquoise gave the collection an exotic, luxurious feel fit for a Queen of the Nile.

These spikes are made for walking: All of the amazing platforms were created in conjunction with Payless Shoe Source, which Siriano has collaborated with to create his own line of shoes. The chained and studded beauties will be in Payless shoe stores in September 2009, and will retail for $25-$45. I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a pair of these. Go ‘head with your bad self, girl!


christian-sirianoPhotography: Imaxtree


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