New York Fashion Week always has such an exciting buzz
around it! This year for me it just got a little more exciting. I had the
opportunity a few years ago to meet Christian Siriano at a gala for the
American Ballet Theater where he dressed some of the most glamorous
chairwomen. We were always friendly over the years and talked about
hopefully having a chance to work together. When I found out that he was
interested in not only hosting his February Fashion Show with us at The Plaza
but possibly making The Plaza his new home for his future shows I couldn’t have
I’ve watched Christian’s career blossom over the years – after winning Project Runway, to dressing some of Hollywood’s elite and recently doing all the costumes for Kristin Chenoweth’s solo Broadway show! It’s wonderful to see someone so determined and hardworking rise to the top.
Christian’s team works with the talented team from LDJ Productions to produce his shows. Together over weeks of planning, a twenty minute show is born and it sets the tone for the rest of the year.
Buyers, celebrities, and fashionistas filled the room on Saturday, February 11th to see what Christian had up his sleeve.
Image Source: Dan Lecca
His collection was inspired by a recent trip to Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. Vogue reported that Christian had gone there to take a break from reality during these troubled times and that over the show’s 20 minutes he wanted his audience to take a break and dream. Supermodel Alex Wek opened the show clad in fur and model Jasmine Poulton closed the show in a shirt reading “People are People” as it played to the Depeche Mode song with the same title. There was theme of inclusiveness that was seen throughout the show where Christian dressed models in couture gowns that were paired with his shoe line from Payless. He also worked with models that were sizes 2 to 16 to showcase his sequin jumpsuits, animal print dresses and lacquered velvet sets. Refinery 29 reported that Christian understands that “all women should be seen and deserve to dressed and feel beautiful.”
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Thank you Christian for bringing beauty and diversity into the Grand Ballroom! We can’t wait to see what’s in store in your new home for NYFW.