The increasingly popular and media-savvy Christian Siriano, for spring 2017, chose the inspiration of Jackie Onassis on the Isle of Capri in the ’60s and ’70s. The choice in itself is evidence of his savviness both as a designer and as a media figure. With the publication of a fairly glowing (with at least one – ahem – killer sound bite) profile by Elizabeth Holmes in the Wall Street Journal last week came the expected increase in interest by the rest of the fashion press. But even without that well-timed article, Siriano was heading into this Fashion Week with heightened attention on him. This summer he enjoyed two of the kinds of high-profile PR triumphs any designer would kill for: Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses to give her address at the Democratic National Convention and Leslie Jones, after righteously causing a bit of a stir in the press due to her treatment by the fashion industry, proudly and loudly wore one of his designs to the premiere of Ghostbusters – to the delight of many, many other women who have felt like they’ve been ignored by the fashion industry at one time or another. Knowing or intuiting that he was going to be heading into fall with more than the usual number of eyes on him, he smartly chose an inspiration and theme that couldn’t play any better to his strengths. Bold, refined, upraised-chin attitudinal, mid-Century-inspired femininity is exactly down the middle of his plate, so to speak. This is easily the most confident display of his skills and aesthetic yet.
Don’t miss the rest of our New York Fashion Week spring 2017 coverage, darlings.
[Photo Credit: Dan Lecca]
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