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Payless Shoes on the Runway?

Posted in Designers, Fashion, NY Fashion Week with tags , , , , on February 25, 2009 by shapach


At Fall Fashion Week in New York, Christian Siriano debuted his long-awaited accessories line for Payless.With funky names like “Strut” and “She Devil,” the Egyptian-inspired footwear (and handbags!), are spiked out and chained up, and made for a bad-ass of the Nile. Shiny patent leather and satin fabrics, in deep brown chocolates, golds, and aqua turquoise, include prints with hieroglyphic-looking details. Exclusively being sold in only 400 Payless stores across the country, and ranging from $25 to $45, they are sure to be a hit with all my “fierce” ladies. Siriano is very excited about his first accessories collection, stating, “We started very high, very conceptual and very cool, and then made it wearable and marketable. I wanted it to be hard and rock-esque.” Tres chic, but the shoes do kind of resemble the dangerously spiky Christian Louboutins for Rodarte’s Fall 2008 show.


Siriano's line for Payless

Photo: Imaxtree


Rodarte's Louboutins

Above Photos: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse /

Handbag Sketch Photo: WWD


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY: Fall 2009 Christian Siriano

Posted in Fashion, NY Fashion Week with tags , , , on February 19, 2009 by shapach


 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