The spring 2016 collection from Christian Siriano, who describes the collection in the program notes thusly: “The imperial cities of Morocco were an initial source of inspiration. I was drawn to the culture and lifestyle and the annual traditional ‘Feast of the Throne’ celebration in Marrakesh for which notables dress head to toe in beautifully draped white linens. Nature and architecture of the region were also sources of inspiration: crisp, clean sand tones are represented in cream and khaki separates for day, with blush and sunset tones for evening.”
It’s always a point in a collection’s favor when they take inspiration from another culture in ways that don’t scream it from the rooftops but instead allow its aesthetic, it’s style and shape, the culture from which it sprung all quietly inform each creative decision. We admire and appreciate the restraint here. Not only is color reserved only for a few brief and glorious moments on the runway, but it’s surprising how much eschewed prints, given his inspiration. The results are cool and sandy, mysterious and quietly chic. A mature collection, in the best sense of the word.
[Photo Credit: Hao Zeng/Courtesy of Christian Siriano]