In Review | Christain Siriano F/W ’17

FOCUSED, FEATHERED AND FIERCE, THE NY DESIGNER’S LATEST COLLECTION FIRES ON ALL CYLINDERS.

From Ashley Graham’s historic cover for Vogue to the record-breaking, 27 plus-sized models on the NYFW runway, this season has been a milestone for inclusivity in fashion. But while some designers are just jumping onto the bandwagon, this week’s CITIPHILE Christian Siriano has been on it for a while now– in fact, he’s practically driving it. The designer has made a name for himself by dressing women of all ages, races and sizes, so it’s no surprise that beauties like Alicia Silverstone, Alexa Chung and YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous made up the star-studded front row (along with cast members of Orange Is The New Black BTW, but NBD, right?).

Inspired by a getaway to Nevada’s Valley’s Fire State Park, a sea of velvet reds, soft blushes and metallic lamés swept The Plaza Hotel just a few weeks ago. An overcoat with faux-fur trim was followed by a négligé-like jumpsuit with peekaboo cutouts, both evocative of the confident cool-girl that Siriano likes to dress, while a wide-leg metallic jumpsuit showcased his adept hand for draping. Of course, the designer’s smattering of feathered gowns were red carpet ready as per usual, this time detailed with intricate crane embroidery and paired with shoes from his collaboration with Payless.

And that’s not where the designer’s commitment to affordability stops: a simple black tee emblazoned with the outspoken message, “People Are People” sauntered down the runway amidst audible cheers from the audience. Designed by Siriano’s spouse Brad Walsh, the shirt is available for $25 on his website, Leggo Your Ego, with all proceeds going to ACLU. With the elephant in the room that is today’s political landscape, protest tees seem to be the new black and once again Siriano, the ring leader. CP

Photography by Edward James for Vogue.com

Photography by Edward James for Vogue.com

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