Monday, September 24, 2012

Christian Siriano Spring '13

For Spring '13, Christian Siriano's dancer inspiration was very Geoffrey Beene, while Siriano's separates and dresses skewed more Bill Blass.

Beene, Blass, or neither, I thought the show as a whole fell flat. Everyone said it was a more wearable Siriano collection, but I thought it lacked a strong direction for a Siriano customer. Successful American designers know their customer like the back of their hand. Perhaps customer knowledge is one of the biggest challenges as a young up-and-coming designer, because I wasn't sure exactly who Siriano was designing for in Spring 2013. 

But each season I'm more convinced he will be a force in American design someday, and the finale proved me true. It was a stunning trio of delicate, tulle dresses that spoke strongly to a confident woman unafraid of her femininity, or a whole lot of tulle.

Also, when he's on with his gowns, Siriano is perfection.

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