Darlings, a little verbal snapshot, from two queens who have been honored to sit in the front row of his shows since the beginning:
The occasion of the Christian Siriano fall 2018 show was a raucous, jubilant affair, fueled partly a collection of celebratory celebrities who all clearly love the man, and partly by the observation of his tenth anniversary on the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Held in the Masonic Grand Lodge, which gave the event the kind of Rococo extravagance that characterizes Siriano’s aesthetic, the runway show featured a far more diverse lineup of models (including Plus Supermodel Ashley Graham) than one ever expects to see in a New York Fashion Week runway show.
Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks also walked in the show (the latter cheered on loudly by Laverne Cox and Whoopi Goldberg in the front row as she WERQ’d her turquoise gown to maximum dramatic effect.
Cardi B, in a brilliant green pantsuit, commanded a good portion of the attention in the room both before and after the show, largely by being Cardi B in a brilliant green pantsuit.
Other denizens of the front row: Christian’s husband Brad Walsh, in a gorgeous floral suit, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon, Jaime Alexander, Coco Rocha (and daughter), Leigh Lezark, Sarah Rafferty, and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.
Overall, it was a relaxed affair that felt fairly stress-free (in comparison to so many NYFW shows, which tend to have a tension hanging over the affair so thick you could swim in it); like an impromptu gathering of friends celebrating old times and looking ahead to new ones.
Congratulations to the man we once dubbed “Princess Puffysleeves,” for doing something virtually no one can accomplish anymore – and for which he receives far too little credit. Here’s to ten more. And then ten more after that.
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, Tom and Lorenzo]