Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 13, 2011

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

We think it’s fair to say that we’ve slung our share of criticism Christian’s way, but for the first time, we have nothing but praise for him. We feel that this collection represents a major step forward for him as a designer. It’s the most modern and chic collection of looks he’s ever presented. Working in this season’s most popular colors of tangerine, coral and chartreuse (Check us out! Sounding like fashion editors, using names for colors that no one else uses!), it’s not just a collection of the exuberant gowns he’s known for, it’s also a collection full of wearable pieces, like the striped t-shirts, the jackets and cropped pants, the adorable cocktail dresses, and the chic drawstring pants and shorts. Favorites: the gorgeous pleated floor-length skirt, the striped t paired with the mermaid skirt, and the stunning tangerine strapless gown with the ruffles on the bodice. Of course he had to throw in some hugely puffy skirts at the end, but that’s fine. That’s part of who he is and he should include those types of looks when he can. What makes this collection so exciting are the many pieces and looks that precede those signature Siriano gowns. He’s truly grown up as a designer and for the first time, we feel like he had a specific woman in mind when designing these pieces. Very well done, Christian. This show was easily in our Top 5 of the week.

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

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  • Anonymous

    Great stuff!!!…stylish, wearable and feminine……and the models aren’t starving!…Kudos!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Great stuff!!!…stylish, wearable and feminine……and the models aren’t starving!…Kudos!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome.  Hey, that’s right, PR used to attract and feature potentially credible designers!  Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      Those were the days….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

    Those are all my favorites as well!  

  • Anonymous

    Lurve the chartreuse!!!

  • Anonymous

    Lurve the chartreuse!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    I LOVE this collection.  Very beautiful. I kind of feel like Christian is the Carrie Underwood of Project Runway. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    I LOVE this collection.  Very beautiful. I kind of feel like Christian is the Carrie Underwood of Project Runway. 

  • Anonymous

    don’t love the strapless orange glad bag, but everything else was great.  he stayed current by avoiding ‘harvest gold’…  love the burnt tone to the palate.  love the use of silks.

  • Anonymous

    don’t love the strapless orange glad bag, but everything else was great.  he stayed current by avoiding ‘harvest gold’…  love the burnt tone to the palate.  love the use of silks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600658 Willow Gross

    so many of these looks would look so horrible on my body type but I still want them. especially the first one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600658 Willow Gross

    so many of these looks would look so horrible on my body type but I still want them. especially the first one.

  • Anonymous

    I really like the coral tee with the chartreuse pleated skirt (see? you aren’t the only ones who use those color names!). I’m not as crazy about the ruffles going around the hips, but hey, it’s more editorial. The strapless gown with the chiffon and fur “cape” looks like something Bill Blass designed for Sunny von Bulow.

    • Anonymous

      Three points for the von Bulow shout out!  That’s a reversal of fortune on my day! 

  • Anonymous

    Wish I could wear chartreuse but I turn chartreuse whenever I wear it. Or even stand someone near someone wearing it. This is a beautiful fairy tale collection.

  • Jenny Hansell

    Laura said: I kind of feel like Christian is the Carrie Underwood of Project Runway.Yes, so true. This is beautiful stuff. I’d love to wear any of it. Nobody on PR this year is close to the talent and vision of Christian (even back then) or Chris March, or Rami, or Leanne, or even Seth Aaron!

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I liked Irina in the end too. I wonder if she’s showing this year. 

  • Judy_J

    Nice to see Christian has matured into a real force with which to be reckoned in the fashion industry!  This is a great collection.

  • aimee_parrott

    Oh wow… these are really beautiful!  As a pasty-white Irish girl, I can’t wear chartreuse.  But I really love it on the models.  That long pleated skirt is my favorite thing in the collection.

  • Anonymous

    how exciting for our PPS & for us who still love his work.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely. All of the looks are feminine and stylish everything a women wants in a collection. 

  • Anonymous

    AWWW, PPS is all grown up!  I have a feeling we’ll be seeing these looks during the winter awards shows. I love the tangerine capris and limeade cocktail dress right after the one with the white drawstring pants. Both looks remind me of something my mother wore in the 60s, but in a very good way.

  • Anonymous

    I happen to LOVE these colors; they figure prominently in my wardrobe (which is devoid of gowns and will continue to be, but that’s my lifestyle), so I’m enjoying seeing them used here.  Good for PPS; he’s young, but he’s savvy.  Fashion is a tough row to hoe; I wish him success going forward.

    All the best,

    NDC

    • Anonymous

      Me too! All of the brights (not so much the neutrals) are staples of mine. Which reminds me, all my chartreuse t shirts have holes in them. Must try to stock up.

  • Lori

    Beautiful.   He’s so talented and so smart about it for someone that young.  His Payless commercial is in heavy rotation and yay for him for recognizing a great business opportunity that would finance his art. 

    Wonder how the next Cristian Siriano will be discovered, since it sure won’t be on Project Runway. 

  • Anonymous

    Some nice pieces, but also some major clunkers (3rd row, left, particularly).

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking 3rd row left, center AND right, all clunkers.  And 6th row left, that organza overlay thingy with the fur(?) trim?  How drag queen/60′s is that?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t love the colors. I love a lot of the shapes, but not the potato sack.

  • Anonymous

    So proud of our litte Princess Puffy Sleeves-he’s grown up, and produced a lovely, lovely collection!

    • oohsparkley!

      Thanks!  I was wondering what the PPS stood for.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    And the gowns are a signature, so it’s important not to abandon them.  I find him amazing, anyway.  The money he won from PR wasn’t enough to get him nearly this far.  He must have really hustled to be able to put out these shows every year.

  • Anonymous

    Like so many others have already commented, I, too am so proud of our PR graduate, PPS. He’s all gown-up into a real, live fashion designer! I love this collection, especially the color story and dreamy gowns. It’s awesome to see him doing so well. I may even consider grabbing a pair of his Payless shoes!

  • Zubair Ghumro

    Can you please put larger images or links so they can be seen in detail. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    TLo, you’re so right–Christian has really grown up.  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that it was winning PR that revved up his career, since he was totally broke by the time the finale rolled around. He’s made the most of his opportunity, and bravo to him for that!

    I love this collection overall. Love the color palette–the taupe with all the brights is so chic! And I want me some of those drawstring pants. If I could still wear a mermaid skirt, I’d want those too.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Oooh, yes, to both the drawstring pants and the mermaid skirt. A mermaid skirt is so sexy.

  • Anonymous

    I like a lot of it! I’m happy that he’s actually making it in the biz, you know?

    Having said that, something popped into my mind half way through looking at these photos: Pet. Store. Challenge.

    I *want* to forget that I was just reminded of that while looking at these, but I just can’t.

  • Megan Patterson

    I do like that he grows a bit with every collection. He’s definitely gotten a lot more sophisticated since the early days. Someone definitely needs to wear that tangerine gown on the RC. I think it would suit Mila Kunis really well. Also I really like the chartreuse long pleated skirt deal that’s next to it. I am not a fan of all the taupe though. Let’s ban taupe!! Boooo!

  • Anonymous

    I hate the colors, but other than that I’m impressed.

  • Anonymous

    Sleeves he gave us sleeves!!! I love all the pieces with the t-shirt silhouette, it looks great with the long skirts esp. the pleated skirt. I absolutely love it. I feel like shouting everything the Duchess has taught me: its cohesive, great color story, modern, wearable, chic and I can see the girl wearing it and where she is going. He has a point of view and knows how to dress a women’s body. 

  • Anonymous

    I love the big balloon-y pants.  And all of the short dresses except one.  Can we guess which one?  It’s the 8th row, right in green.  I hate it with all my heart.  It looks like a bathmat from Gramma’s house.   But the rest of it is lovely.  I like it that the models look like normal girls.  I love the funky fur in the other looks – and the tops are really pretty.  But that green bathmat dress – it just has to go.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      On the other hand, the dress right above the bathmat is so fabulous I want to cry.

  • Gary Cox

    I love Christian but I am going to get real tired of that green once every retail outlet in every mall in America starts copying it.

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    There’s little here than I don’t absolutely love. Chartreuse is a hard color to pull off, as it can easily look cheap. These pieces do not look cheap.

    I love the wide-legged, slouchy pants. The mermaid skirt is fabulous. I love all the little dresses. And who knew taupe could look so elegant? Good for Christian.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    First thing that came to mind was bathmats.  Looks like I am not alone. 

  • Anonymous

    *sigh* Are we EVER getting back to a world of colors I can actually wear? : These shades are all really difficult to wear for anyone who doesn’t have really dark skin. I’m glad they’re out there to some degree – they’d look stunning on the right person – but geez. Why does the fashion world have to be so damn trendy about colors? Wouldn’t it be better for all concerned if they had some variation?

  • Anonymous

    *sigh* Are we EVER getting back to a world of colors I can actually wear? : These shades are all really difficult to wear for anyone who doesn’t have really dark skin. I’m glad they’re out there to some degree – they’d look stunning on the right person – but geez. Why does the fashion world have to be so damn trendy about colors? Wouldn’t it be better for all concerned if they had some variation?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carey-Cawthorne/1295384953 Carey Cawthorne

    Good for him! Looks like he’s grown up a little. But if those are the up and coming hot colors, I foresee that I won’t be buying one damned thing in the stores for a while! How awful can you get?

  • Anonymous

    I want that blue dress with the feathered skirt.

  • Anonymous

    Really beautiful – congrats to Christian.

  • Anonymous

    I am seriously digging that first tangerine ensemble… love the skirt!

  • Now I am The Bee

    This show really shows some maturity in ourt Little Christian.  I love that he’s using more colors (pink, orange and green!) but I;m not so sure about the coral and chartruese working together.  The chartruese and tangerine–for sure!!  And I’m not crazy about that taupe as a nuetral.  It seems sad and depressing next to the vbrant colors. 
    I see that he still has the penchant to take big skirts and fuzzy them up with feathers or ruffles, but I guess that will always be a CS trademark. 
    All in all–very chic and wearable stuff.  Good for him. 

  • Anonymous

    You both are so right.  Very mature, varried yet consistent, fantasy and reality but wearable.

  • Anonymous

    You both are so right.  Very mature, varried yet consistent, fantasy and reality but wearable.

  • MilaXX

    I see what you mean. For the first time I can honestly say I would buy a few of these pieces if I could afford them.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little over the Big Bird skirts (tho I love them!) but overall this is a stunning collection – super impressed!  Yes, the tangerine gown is a stunner but if I were going to the Oscars I would personally insist on that chartreuse, cap-sleeved gown.  Nice job, Princess P!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little over the Big Bird skirts (tho I love them!) but overall this is a stunning collection – super impressed!  Yes, the tangerine gown is a stunner but if I were going to the Oscars I would personally insist on that chartreuse, cap-sleeved gown.  Nice job, Princess P!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little over the Big Bird skirts (tho I love them!) but overall this is a stunning collection – super impressed!  Yes, the tangerine gown is a stunner but if I were going to the Oscars I would personally insist on that chartreuse, cap-sleeved gown.  Nice job, Princess P!

    • Anonymous

      me too, that was my favorite!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little over the Big Bird skirts (tho I love them!) but overall this is a stunning collection – super impressed!  Yes, the tangerine gown is a stunner but if I were going to the Oscars I would personally insist on that chartreuse, cap-sleeved gown.  Nice job, Princess P!

  • Anonymous

    Oh I love this. I think I am developing a love of chartreuse. I’m fairly certain I look horrid in it, but maybe I’ll get a couch pillow or vase in the color.

  • aussiegal77

    Fabulous collection. I’m digging the stripes, the cropped pants and the dress, short and long.  Well done Siriano! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

    It’s photographs like these that make me consider becoming a drag queen, just so I could wear some of this beauty. 

    (Don’t tell anyone I said that; I have a butch reputation to uphold!)

    (P.S.: No I don’t.)

  • Anonymous

    I love and would wear all of it. 

  • Anonymous

    I love and would wear all of it. 

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! I love the t-shirts paired with the floor-length skirts. So sleek and unexpected.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Those are some fantastic dresses in some gorgeous colors.   I look forward to seeing them worn on red carpets and in spreads! 

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful!  I love love love some of these pants and I can see them appealing to a wide range of woman, not just those built like a 10 year old boy.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    There are some wearable pieces there. It’s a step in the right direction. Not in love with the chartreuse.

  • Anonymous

    our little pixie is all growed up!!
    They’re lovely, fresh and fun… I doff my ruffle your way!!

  • Anonymous

    our little pixie is all growed up!!
    They’re lovely, fresh and fun… I doff my ruffle your way!!

  • Anonymous

    Chartreuse is distressingly popular lately and I’m not sure I like it or not. Even cars are getting painted it.

    • Alyson Lamble

      I am not at all thrilled with the color story of this collection, because it strikes me as a set that only a small handful of women can pull off, but the designs are really impressive.

    • Alyson Lamble

      I am not at all thrilled with the color story of this collection, because it strikes me as a set that only a small handful of women can pull off, but the designs are really impressive.

    • Anonymous

      I love chartreuse, but I wouldn’t want it to become too popular–a little goes a long way!

  • Anonymous

    Chartreuse is distressingly popular lately and I’m not sure I like it or not. Even cars are getting painted it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m reserving total judgement till I see larger photos but I find it pretty mixed. If you tell me it’s on trend, I can see why you guys are a bit more enthused than I am since I am not going to be as au courant as you.

    It IS a huge step forward with good day looks and even more if you wear some of the pieces in configurations other than that shown on the runway.

    I kind of like the strapless gown with the 60′s babydoll Frederick’s of Hollywood nightie over it. I feel certain if you wear it during a full moon, a beehive hairstyle starts weaving itself  on  your head.

    ETA: I have to express my usual admiration for how he’s worked to turn his talent & opportunities into an apparently thriving business. I see he’s got another Payless collection coming out, and with this collection I think he might be said to have proven he can produce a line, not just (impressive as it is in itself) a boutique collection.

  • Anonymous

    I have to hand it to him; he has apparently worked very hard to make hay while the sun shone on his PR win.  There are very cute sportswear pieces mixed in with the puffy sleeveless gowns (hey, at least they’re not wilmas!).  I wonder who his financial backers are these days.  He got attention and he kept it – well done!

  • Anonymous

    Very nicely done.  Those on-trend colors don’t work for my skin tone (except I can rock the lime green), but the designs are glorious and definitely have a spring vibe.  Kisses to Princess Puffy Sleeves!

  • Anonymous

    Very nicely done.  Those on-trend colors don’t work for my skin tone (except I can rock the lime green), but the designs are glorious and definitely have a spring vibe.  Kisses to Princess Puffy Sleeves!

  • Anonymous

    Very nicely done.  Those on-trend colors don’t work for my skin tone (except I can rock the lime green), but the designs are glorious and definitely have a spring vibe.  Kisses to Princess Puffy Sleeves!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Works for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ehormell Eric Hormell

    OK, I hate mermaid gowns, but I’m liking the mermaid skirts. Very interesting.

  • Anonymous

    the top photograph of the ranks and ranks of fluffy frozen-faced women is TERRIFYING. An army of toilet-roll covers. 
    Then when you scroll down and can see each piece, they look FAB.
    But all those looks, in tidy rows and ranks: scary.

  • Anonymous

    the top photograph of the ranks and ranks of fluffy frozen-faced women is TERRIFYING. An army of toilet-roll covers. 
    Then when you scroll down and can see each piece, they look FAB.
    But all those looks, in tidy rows and ranks: scary.

  • Anonymous

    Some of its a little “regular” and referential…the fur-trimmed numbers are crazy (but fun retro) – I likes!  

  • Anonymous

    Some of its a little “regular” and referential…the fur-trimmed numbers are crazy (but fun retro) – I likes!  

  • Anonymous

    I love it and I can see my curvy self able to wear a lot of these looks too, assuming Miss Thang makes them in my size. 

  • Anonymous

    I love it and I can see my curvy self able to wear a lot of these looks too, assuming Miss Thang makes them in my size. 

  • Anne Slovin

    Gorgeous!  I love that long chartreuse formal skirt with the coral t-shirt.

  • http://twitter.com/starvewars Sal

    now if only the people from style.com gave him more praise in their reviews..

  • Anonymous

    I am very fair with copper red hair and I can wear ALL this stuff, hooray! It’s about time! Gorgeous, gorgeous, worth blowing an entire month’s pay (not that I would but I like thinking about it).

    Does anyone know if Christian designed the shoes as well? They’re fabulous as well. I can’t think of another PR contestant who also designs shoes. Even his stuff for Payless is delightful, who knew!

  • Anonymous

    Eek. I’m not really feeling this. There are a few individual looks I adore (row 11, right; row 12, left) some that are ok, but a lot of clunkers for me. Row 3, right, especially. Eww. And all the taupe bathmat ones, too.

  • Anonymous

    the short pieces are nice, the gowns are boring, but how many women can wear that fluorescent green? I’d usually say someone with dark skin but I don’t like the way she looks either. 

  • Anonymous

    the short pieces are nice, the gowns are boring, but how many women can wear that fluorescent green? I’d usually say someone with dark skin but I don’t like the way she looks either. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    absolutely the best overall collection he’s done since project runway.

    i like the funny & referential but not derivative takes on the 40s thru 70s, particularly combined w/ whatever that is that looks like fur but isnt fur. & i like the colors– that theyre very very unusual versions of colors that arent standard in the first place. i could live w/o the bottom middle burnt toilet paper explosion & the coral bag four rows up from it & on the left but i like most of the rest of them, which isnt something i can always say w/ him.

  • Anonymous

    Wow some gorgeous clothes – the flowing back of the orange dress in the middle  WOW. 

    I happen to love that greenish/yellow color -(it works with my coloring)

  • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

    Fantastically fierce! Bravo! 

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    LOVE this collection, particularly the colors. Also Im totally snagging a pair or five from his Payless collection, they look amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

    I LOVE that chartreuse cocktail (I think. I never get the terms right) dress about halfway down on the right. It’s so shiny.

    • fragileindustries

      YES!  That one jumped of the screen to me as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

    Ewww Chartreuse. The ugly color that all the other members of the crayon box laugh at.

    The color of pea soup is not attractive

    • Anonymous

      It’s one of my favorite colors! Coral I could do without.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I’ve seen these things before from her, and I don’t mean just the puffy gowns. I wonder what Nina thought of this collection.

  • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

    Ahhhh. I wish I looked good in ANY of these colors! I am loving a lot of the collections coming out (this one included), but alas- the only thing worse for me than any shade of orange you can think of is chartreuse. But my oh my, I WANT those mermaid skirts.

  • Anonymous

    He earns kudos from me as well for breaking away from his previous looks.  i like it.  Not all the pieces but I like the overall vibe.  

  • Anonymous

    I do love the pleated skirt, and he has capris!!! I thought capris were a No-No!!!! I am going to wear my capris tomorrow, too bad they aren’t that lovely!!

  • Anonymous

    I do love the pleated skirt, and he has capris!!! I thought capris were a No-No!!!! I am going to wear my capris tomorrow, too bad they aren’t that lovely!!

  • Anonymous

    Fierce.

  • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

    His cocktail dresses are a little bland, but I love, love, love the collection overall.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting considering his winning PR collection was all black. He really has grown up as a designer. Very nice collection. LOVE the chartreuse. 

  • Anonymous

    The collection is great, but those colors are just fugly.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes that tangerine ruffled gown is swoon-worthy, love the chartreuse one right after it as well.  But the piece I’d love to get my hands on is the orange blouse with the ruffly puffed sleeves, LOVE it! Good for PPS, this is a great collection.  :)

  • Anonymous

    Very pretty, but those are some difficult colors to wear. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    After reading his inspiration, I love both the collection and him personally even more.  Apparently the entire collection was inspired by Katharine Hepburn, who was one of my favorite people ever!  (In fact, my only daughter is named for her.)  She had great taste, and an interesting style, particularly considering that her body type wasn’t always fashionable during her youth.  Yet she’s rarely mentioned as a style icon.  I love that CS did and built an entire collection on her — and it seems fairly accurate.

  • lilibetp

    Beautiful dresses.  Too bad the colors would all make me look like I’m dying of hepatitis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

    I love the white belted shift with the flowy skirt underneath, third from top right. The colors otherwise aren’t my favorite, but the silhouettes are flattering and fun.

  • narita_rayna

    great collection. i especially like the little cocktail dresses. well done 

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Love, love, love. I need several – no many! – of them. The colors are so fabulous and the clothes are chic as hell. I will be needing the chartreuse, silk cocktail dress. Christian? Are you listening to me?

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful, but I agree with the posters who commented on the colors being difficult for most women. I am personally fond of row 6, no. 1, the strapless gown with the sheer capelike thing hanging off with fur trim.

  • http://rockiinboxxe.blogspot.com/ KUR COL DE DAAB E NUBA

    HE REALLY KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING! CONGRATS CHRISTIAN. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m underwhelmed.  I’m not seeing much growth as a designer from him.  He’s essentially doing the same thing all over again and again and again.

    And might I add how much I hate the T-shirt-paired-with-evening-gown-skirt dresses that he does.

  • Anonymous

    Very few people can really wear that acid-apple-green-chartreuse shade, but it’s runway nice. The pieces make a really conherent collection. Better than he’s ever done. There’s hope.

  • Anonymous

    love love love it!!!  especially love the two-toned orange dress at the end!  to die for!!!

  • http://thehappyheathen.blogspot.com Evita Smith

    There is maybe one piece that I’m not completely smitten with. Bravo!