Christian Siriano‘s designing dream may be a reality, but his collections are still pure fantasy! The Project Runway alum’s spring line came to him from an American Ballet performance of A Midsummer’ Night’s Dream. True to the onstage inspiration, the runway was adrift with floaty fabrics and graceful silhouettes that included structured peplums, tulle dresses and whimsical gowns. Not to be outdone, the prettiest shoes were satin and studded in crystal, while lace-up iridescent flats would make a dancer’s commute to and from the ballet a breeze. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
Each year our editors go behind-the-scenes for New York Fashion Week, and this year we’re sharing our VIP views with you! Throughout the shows, InStyle is bringing you all of our coverage on Instagram—making you our plus-one for fashion week’s top runways, parties, and more. Up first: we walked the stylish red carpet at The Shops at Target launch, caught a smile from Ryan Lochte and Miss USA Olivia Culpo, and coveted Christian Siriano‘s shoes at the designer’s boutique opening. Check out today’s best photos and stay tuned for your daily dose of Fashion Week!
To celebrate Christian Siriano’s fall lineup, the designer created a new campaign video playing off the vampire bat theme that inspired the collection—exclusively seen here first (watch it above!). “When you just see clothes on a hanger, you don’t see the story and this creates the story behind it,” Siriano told InStyle.com. The short features rising actress Nicole LaLiberte—she starred in Dinner for Schmucks and How to Make It in America—playing off the inspiration by gliding across the cavernous setting of The Vault at Pfaff’s in New York City. “Sometimes the vampire thing can be very overdone,” the designer noted. “Nicole makes sense because she’s more androgynous and quirky and her movements are more interesting and not just a sexy vampire, which I did not want. She is the perfect muse. And her look is so beautiful—I knew she’d look so striking with white skin and fire hair, it’s visually stimulating.” And to help with the visuals, Siriano enlisted the help of artist boyfriend Brad Walsh, who filmed and edited the video, scored the music, and shot the campaign. “He’s just very talented and being able to work with him during the day and then go home and talk about those things is great,” said the designer. “It’s important to our process.” Click through the gallery to see more photos from the shoot, and shop his fall collection on store.christiansiriano.com or find where it’s stocked near you at christianvsiriano.com.
Christian Siriano just opened his first store this morning! Located at 252 Elizabeth Street in New York City’s chic Nolita area, the designer’s new 1,000-square-foot boutique boasts a mix of pieces from his runway collection and exclusive items he created especially for the outpost, including accessories, home décor, and more. As for the store’s design, some of Siriano’s favorite books sit on the shelves (including his own, Fierce Style), and treasured pictures decorate the walls. “My favorite feature in the store is the gallery wall we created,” Siriano told InStyle.com exclusively. ”It features my favorite looks from my past nine collections, as they are my own work of art.” Click through the gallery to tour Siriano’s new store and preview the shop’s exclusive pieces.
Christian Siriano is… Batman! The combination of the furry little night creatures and the 1933 horror film The Vampire Bat inspired the designer for his fall 2012 collection, as evidenced by his bat vein patterns, blood red colors, and, wing-like capes atop fitted sheath dresses. “Even though I was inspired by bats, I still wanted to go with something beautiful and elegant,” Siriano told InStyle.com backstage at his New York Fashion Week show. “It was about showing how women can dress and be powerful.” The bat inspiration extended to his accessories, with models taking flight in booties, T-strap pointed-toe heels, and stilettos, all of which are part of his new Christian Siriano Gold for Payless collection, hitting stores this fall. See our favorite looks in the gallery!
— Sharon Clott, reporting by Nakisha Williams
At the CMA Awards last night in Nashville, Natasha Bedingfield took the stage to perform “Easy” with the Rascal Flatts wearing a voluminous rose-colored skirt. Fun fact: The designer behind the look is Christian Siriano, who created the piece for his Dracula orchid-inspired fall 2011 collection. “The beautiful Natasha Bedingfield wearing Siriano at the CMAs tonight!” he Tweeted while watching the show. Tell us: What did you think of her performance look? To see what more celebrities wore to the CMA Awards, click through the gallery.
“Spring 2012 is all about a cool, hip, attitude when getting dressed,” Christian Siriano told InStyle.com before his latest collection hit the runway. He captured this outlook with a palette of lime, coral, and white for soft crepe pants, jersey shirts with micro stripes, chiffon pleated skirts, and organza and tulle gowns. The accessories offered a preview of his forthcoming Payless collection, as bags and shoes featured tortoise shell with pops of bright sandy yellow, salmon pink, and chartreuse. Click through the gallery to see our favorite looks from the Christian Siriano runway show.
New York Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, and InStyle.com scored an exclusive sneak peek of what you can expect from the spring 2012 runways! Check out teaser sketches from Rachel Roy, Christian Siriano, DKNY, and more in the gallery now. Tell us: Who is your favorite designer? Let us know in the comments below!