Christian Siriano Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 19, 2013

Christian Siriano Fall 2013 collection inspired by the Golden Age of the Russian Opera and the lavish interiors of The Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.



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  • A. W.

    I feel like Dolce & Gabbana said everything that needed to be said about black with gold detailing and lace last year.

    • gabbilevy

       It really does feel very derivative of that collection.

      • cooperalden

        Agreed, defin the Sear’s versions. You can not teach volume and proportion.  You either know it or you don’t…and he don’t know it.

  • tallgirl1204

    I can’t with the fur skirt, which is just wide, unflattering and I would always be worried about sitting in something. However, I love the red pantsuit!

    • par3182

      Plus it’s fur.

  • Some of these outfits look fabulous but others (e.g., the shapeless leather dress in the 2nd row, the fur skirt in the third) … well, the kindest thing I thought was “Maybe these look better in person.”

  • Too much strapless, and I kinda hate the metallics.  The black dress with the capelet, OTOH, is lovely, and I want it.

    • That black dress has OSCARS written all over. It would be a big deal to have one of the nominees wearing that dress.

  • Frank_821

    Is it original-not necessarily. Is it Christian? definitely

    the video of the show was really something. I always enjoy the runways he creates

  • Roosevelt 85

    I don’t know. This feels like a cheap knockoff of McQueen’s last collection with the Baroque style.

    • I wouldn’t necessarily say “cheap” knockoff, but yeah, the second I saw this I thought “derivative.”

  • Stubenville

    Hmmm… wasn’t funeral lady just affed over using iridescent pink material on Project Ennui Teams?

    • KSuKim

       You’re right, but it looks like those items are actually red and there are blue tones in the lights that are making the fabric seem more dark pink with a hint of orange. I’m just going by how some of the other textiles look.

    • BrightsideSusan

      Exactly my thought!

  • stellamaris73

    I’ll take the coffee-colored top coat in row 4, please.

  • ConnieBV

    It’s like sometimes he remembers to take his ADD meds, and some times he doesn’t. I feel like the tulip hems and the peplums and the sheer hems are uuuuugh. That silver suit third row from bottom was pure Tilda. He should have given more of that.

  • JauntyJohn

    I kind of get a “Las Vegas by way of Russia” vibe, but I suspect the hair and makeup are adding to that.
    EDIT: Oh. Well then. Should’ve read the description first. Guess that worked for him. It’s early. No coffee.

  • Stubenville

    Siriano is the only alumni from PR who seems to really be making a big name for himself, but I’m still hoping that Laura Bennett will set up shop as a competitor to the overpraised Georgina Chapman.

    • Nope, Laura has gone the way of the self-help route, by which I mean that she’s got a book out for the home sewer:

      I guess it’s a follow-up to her ‘how to be a chic mommy’ guide that came out in 2010: “Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother’s Guide to Sanity in Stilettos”. I haven’t even glanced through this one but I’ve paged through the newer one at Barnes and Noble and I have to say that it’s not really fashion-oriented at all. It has instructions for making things like belts and bags; the closest it gets to actual fashion you can wear is embellishing store-bought items. Personally, I think she’s wasting her time with this, since there are bloggers who sew that produce better books (Sarai Mitnick comes to mind). The main complaint from people is that she recommends using real leather and fur and that’s kind of controversial for home sewers. I guess it’s supposed to be her way of showing people that even the home sewer can create high-end looking accessories, but I’d rather see something more garment-oriented.

  • I’m confused, why are none of the dresses shown in that first group shot in the individual shots below?

    • alyce1213

      I know. The first rows of the group shot are missing.  I do see others in the background who made it into individual shots.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Awe, I am a fan of his, and most of his work, but this entire thing reads as unoriginal.  Overall, disappointing. 

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    There are a couple of lovely pieces here, but I agree that this collection is derivative and ….. kind of dated.  I keep thinking that Christian should be producing something younger and edgier (maybe just because of his age and his personal style) and I’m always disappointed.

    • d4divine

      You are disappointed because you want him to be something that he is not. Christian has always been about feminine glam, ignore his age and haircut.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        There is some truth to what you say, but there are ways to do feminine glam that are neither derivative nor dated. 

  • This collection covers it all, from completely forgettable to dazzling.

    • editrixie

      You made me spit my tea. Well said.

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      Yep.  But I’m giving him extra points because he has some of the models wearing babooshkas, as we called them in the old neighborhood.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Sheer babushkas, no less.  I kind of dig them.

        • TheDivineMissAnn

           Yep.  Mum had one in every jacket pocket.

  • insertclevername_ici

    I love this collection. 

  • YoungSally

    Love CS — but upon reading “Christian Siriano Fall 2013 collection inspired by the Golden Age of the Russian Opera and the lavish interiors of The Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia”……. I could only think

    ….of course!

  • mmc2315

    I wouldn’t have guessed this was his work.  

  • DTLAFamilies

    The fabrics look cheap. I like the first outfit but otherwise, meh.

  • d4divine

    Lovely…that fur capewas gorgeous.

  • I’d like to know who keeps giving this guy money.  Color me unimpressed.

  • A couple of these pieces are fairly simple and straightforward (read: “been there”), BUT the majority are just beautifully elegant and classy.

  • GorgeousThings

    Nice to see him working and doing well. Fur skirts, though? They make the model look fat. Imagine what they will do to a normal woman.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think his work is maturing, but this collection is maybe too illustrative of the learning process?

    That said, I very much like the middle and right hand dresses in the next-to-last row, really dislike just about all of the metallics, and want to see several of the other pieces on non-models.

    I think he’s strongest when he’s focusing on making a woman look and feel pretty and feminine.

  • alyce1213

    There are some stunning pieces, but the collection is uneven.  

    I love the pantsuits and I’m happy to see dressy ladypants on any RC.   

    Maybe it’s the model’s hair that suggests it, but I can see Michelle Williams in the red suit in row 7. 

    The suit in row 8 at the right end is for moi.

    • ankali

       I thought the same thing about the red suit; I do think it’s the model’s hair, as the suit itself isn’t really in Michelle Williams’s retro-twee wheelhouse. I was thinking that the person to wear it would need to look very modern and edgy in order not to look like the stylish mother of the groom at the rehearsal dinner.

      • alyce1213

        I agree it’s not her usual twee-ness, that’s why I’d really like to see her in it — maybe without the blouse underneath, a great necklace instead, and hotter shoes.

  • Is it Dr. Zhivago time again?

    • Call me Bee

      It is ALWAYS Dr Zhivago time. 

  • MilaXX

    It’s not new, as mentioned it reminds one of several collections that have already gone to the black/lace/metallic well. Nonetheless I find a lot of it very pretty. Rows 3, 5, and 9, are my favorites, particularly row 3.

  • l_c_ann

    It’s way too soon to do simpler gold on black;  the good memories of the opulent collection just are going to stick in our minds for at least a couple of years.

  • Zippypie

    I’m not loving this.  The colored fabrics look cheap and I’m tired of the gold on black.  And look!  It’s Russian!  Fur!  zzzzzzzzzzz

  • Imasewsure

    It’s fun but who is going to wear any of it? I guess Vicki B and her brand of ladies….don’t love but it’s nice to see he’s still committing to high fashion

  • Fordzo

    Turbans were one thing.  Babushkas are a step too far.  

  • hellkell

    I want that black tea-length coat. 

  • I feel alone in my adoration of this collection. I love almost all of it. 

    • Sue_Asponte

       I’m surprised by all the meh. I love it too. Everything. Gorgeous.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I like so many looks in this collection, too.  I’m pleased for Christian.

  • shawnhunter

    i really love some of these looks (the dress to the left of the red suit is gorgeous) but then others…not so much.

  • MzzPants

     Didn’t we see black fur boobs yesterday? 

  • choco

    that liquid gold jacket is gorgeous

  • AuntieAnonny

    Too many Little Black Dresses, but there are some real winners in this collection.

  • Call me Bee

    Most of this is really beautiful, consider that black and gold is becoming a thing right now.  Even though D&G did a bunch of it last year, it is catching on.  Of course, those of us in flyover country won’t see any in the stores until next year sometime, I’m sure….
    Anyway–the only real clunker is the shiny gold lame (la-may!) shirtdress.  Really ugly.  Some others come close to clunking, but other pieces are divine–the gold-timmed black caplet for one.  The pelum dress in the last row is beautiful as well.   

  • crash1212

    I think, in general, fur skirts are rarely a good idea. Love the coat in the middle 4th panel down.

  • MoHub

    Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling through all that black and gold, and then—omigod! color! An then it was gone.

  • Fordzo

    I miss the volume and excess in his earlier collections.  I am, admittedly, a ‘more is almost enough’ kind of gal, so these feel skimpy and almost stingy to me.  I probably wouldn’t have recognized this as his work if it was shown to me without the introduction. 

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  • SpillinTea

    I miss when he used to have a rainbow tribe of models, instead of typical model-bots.

  • warnerave

    christian siriano = tacky clothes

  • j_anson

    Still can’t forgive him for how awful he was on PR, but a few of these ARE really beautiful.

  • Just ok, nothing is setting my world on fire here

  • Kate4queen

    I like quite a lot of it. 🙂

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    It’s not exactly breaking new ground — but it is pretty.

  • editrixie

    Oh, honey, please. The babushka styling…sweetie, no.

  • libraangel

    Oh Christian, my little darling, some of these are too simple, but some spectacular and I love you anyway

  • Love the bathmat/bear hide skirt…..

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  • kaycem

    i love how christian used to want to use nothing but women of color back in his PR and post-PR days, but now that he’s got big-money backers, there’s nary a black model in sight.

    • We don’t know anything about the circumstances and obligations that led to the choice of models. His collections have featured non-white models–and this was after getting “big-money backers.” The lack of women of color on runways is very real and important to discuss, but I don’t know that it’s fair to call out the princess for shying away from women of color, because he generally hasn’t. I could easily go through a dozen major collections this year and most years, and point out the same lack of color on the runway. 

      Like I said, it’s an important issue, but I cringe to see an industry-wide problem placed on his shoulders and assumptions made about his character, as if the models in this one collection are a signal that Christian Siriano has bowed to corporate pressure and refused to employ black models. That’s a big assumption, and there’s evidence from previous shows and collections–including the Spiegel collection, probably his most commercial (big-money backer, as it were)–to suggest a different point of view. 

  • quiltrx

    I really like some of it, meh on some of it too.

    At any rate, I’m pretty sure that red pantsuit belongs to Annie Lennox.

  • Nancy Dunn

    I don’t think I like one outfit, which really surprises me. He has been disappointing.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Some hits and misses.  The fur skirt needs to disappear into the void and never be seen again, but the little strapless black and gold beside it is fabulous.  I’m way over the peplum look in the middle of the last row, but the classic Siriano puffy skirt dress beside it very pretty.  (And come on — a ballet theme calls for the tutu look somewhere!)  The two capelet looks are good, though I I am choking just looking at the high-collared one, but that shapeless thing in the muted print above them is a hot mess.

     The simple LBDs in rows five and six aren’t the world’s most original, but they’re very cute.

  • julnyes

    I love some of these pieces (like the coats) but am left cold by others (like the fur skirt). Overall I remain a fan of his work.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Fantastic!  I’m still so proud of that talented little chipmunk!

  • Is there something wrong with me, I loved all of it.

  • Gorgeous! Some other designers should take note. Every piece in this collection is like a synthetic jewel- flawless!