What I’m loving about Christian Siriano‘s brand development is that it is just as much art house as it is fashion house. Perusing through his lookbook for Resort 2018, it’s clear – the man isn’t so much focused on the sell as he is focused on the story, the concept, and the total visual.
In this collection, he took inspiration from Luchino Visconti’s 1971 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. With a luxe escapist ideal in a waterfront setting, you can bet I’m already in love. Pepper in some Edwardian dramatic bishop and flounce sleeves as well as some high neck ruffles, contrasted with androgynous jumpsuits and separates, all in a saccharine pastel palette.
And as the collection evolved, whoo! It felt like Siriano was dreaming up quite the mashup of thematic inspirations. A metallic gold suit screamed 70’s glam rock. A white sleeveless mockneck column looks chicly minimalist underneath a lustrous black skirt with a bustled effect, cascading down to a train in the back. The southern belle pageant queen was clawing her way out in a soft pink high-neck ball gown, completely encrusted in crystals and layers of ruffles.
Siriano seems to have found his stride and his niche, and he’s developed a signature to build on. The collection has a lot for a variety of buyers, yet he delivered it in a package that was his own artistic creation.