Democratized luxury and an accessible respite were the primary thoughts behind Christian Siriano‘s Fall 17 collection. He decided on taking this direction after needing an escape himself from the current sociopolitical clime, heading to Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. He wanted a collection we could dream in during these troubled times .
The resulting looks were a variety show of high – low blends in mostly pink, copper, and metallic rust with vintage inspired nods to the 70s and 80s here and there. With something for everyone, there was perhaps a lack of visual cohesion, but I’m beginning to think that matters very little these days. It’s all about the business and the buyers, and that means variety and acknowledging and celebrating diversity. It’s nice to see a range of figures on Siriano‘s runway.
Coats were embellished with fur, sumptuous fabrics were mixed together like the black velvet pants with the pink silky pink puff-sleeve top with full train, and techniques were playful, like the tassel dress and the pleats at the knee of a one-shoulder metallic jumpsuit. My favorite look has to be that high-low wide hemmed maroon jacket embellished in bent metallic pieces. Love!
There were a few red carpet worthy looks, with numbers in metallic, fringe, frothy sheer tulle with embroidered cranes, and a fab scoop neck pink ball gown.
But really the runway show was less about the clothes and more about the clear message Siriano is sending by including “plus size” models and closing the show with a tee saying “People are people” while Depeche Mode’s musical version of the same namesake played as the soundtrack: Unity. Inclusion. That’s all the cohesion he needs.