Christian Siriano Spring 2017

We slam the industry for a lot of things. If it’s not the elitism, it’s consumption, or the lack of ethnical diversity (etc). And still we put up with it all because the power of fashion and beauty goes beyond the industry’s limits. Not to forget, this is us generalizing. There are of course glimts of the real world included and Christian Siriano’s Spring 2017 show did just that. He included everyone, from body shape to skin tone, which unfortunately is an exception to the norm.

Christian Siriano Spring 2017 Collection Review | The Fashion Folks

Background

If you’re one for reality shows, you might remember that Christian Siriano (b.1985) won the fourth season of Project Runway in 2008. He soon launched his own fashion label and have for years been a recurring feature at New York Fashion Week. He has also dressed famous faces like Victoria Beckham, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker. Even though he’s been in the industry for long now, he’s considered to be one of the most prominent uprising American designers.

Christian Siriano Spring 2017

The core color scale of the collection is black, white, orange and turquoise. This remains the basis of the collection as it plays with fabrics, silhouettes, volume and the style of refinement. With dresses being the main piece, Siriano makes sure to include classic, statement and contemporary ones. They pend from ruffles to statement sleeves, sheer fabrics and subtle embellishment. The opening looks differs from the core however, as they feel like a combination of Dolce & Gabbana’s classic Italian woman (with their statement sunnies and striped fabrics) and a trendy Instagram-fashionista.

Thoughts on the collection

In contrast to other runway shows, this collection has wearable pieces that would fit realistically in the daily life. With a crop top over a maxi dress in a pattern with a resemblance to marble, some of the looks are a reflection of the modern fashionista’s wardrobe. Other looks are balancing between classic basic and classic glam. As the black defined suit, the white 70s dress or the dress in embellished arms and a simple body (see below). And these looks works perfectly and is definitely something that people would wear now. Not to forget, the opening looks comes with a sassy and classic vibe to them.

However, the collection swings from being Instagram-friendly to pieces that feels both outdated and not thought-through. An orange dress with oversized ruffles in a silky material could be a hit 10 years ago, but in context of the other refined pieces, it feels off. And this is where the problem lies, some looks feels out of date and the contrast with the chic statement sleeves, reveals the quality difference. If the looks don’t work it’s because they’re either too boring (in relation to the previous chic looks), or they’re too much.

Conclusion

There are some real gems in the collection but also more low points than necessary. It’s no doubt that Siriano has talent and it’s a question of when and not if, he’ll establish his name on a global level. But the lack of coherent quality might be the reason why Siriano is not there, yet. As for now though, could that white dress with the statement sleeves just pleeease show up in my wardrobe?

Folks, these were the thoughts on Christian Siriano Spring 2017 show! What are yours?
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106 Comments

  1. A wonderful collection (the white embellished gown in particular, though I have to admit the flamboyant orange dress is not my favourite design to have seen) and equally wonderful concept – so brilliant that more diversity was brought onto the runway by the designer. Thanks for sharing this!!

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    x

  2. Project Runway is my favourite show ever! Love it so much! This is a great collection and he is so talented! There are some great pieces here 🙂 I want the white dress too!!

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

  3. I was so on the fence with this collection, for basically the same reason as you. There were hits and misses, and some looks did seem a little dated. There were also pieces I wish I could have in my wardrobe ASAP. Particularly the black trousers and top with statement sleeves. I need it.

    I hope your new week is wonderful!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  4. I LOVE your analysis! I completely agree with your opinion. There are some gorgeous and very wearable pieces but some, like that orange dress, are just a NO!

  5. OMG a Christian Siriano show is still on my list to see during NYFW! I feel lucky being in NYC and attending shows, but I still haven’t made it to his. I do try to take snaps outside of his show of street style looks because everyone is always so pristine looking! He really attracts an A-list crowd. 🙂

    I haven’t had a chance to look through all the looks yet, but I have the press package in my inbox that I’m really eager to look through! As soon as I’m done working on today’s post I’m gonna be on it like a bee on a flower.

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

  6. Wow, I LOVE the colours of this year’s collection. That orange is beautiful! Love that he uses fuller women and his silhouettes are very applicable to something we’d really wear. As much as I really do love the crazy over the top pieces with most designers, it’s nice to get some down to earth and wearable clothes as well. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  7. These pieces look beautiful! I love the bright blue dress. It looks like it would be amazing on any shape/skintone. Lovely post.

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  8. Honestly, I was just thinking how he was the only one who blew up from Project Runway. . .from what i could recall. I remember rooting for him . . . now everyone knows who he is 🙂

  9. I love that he incorporated different body types into his show. It makes it more relatable right off the bat. As much as I love the detailing of his over the top pieces, I just can’t get behind them because they are just so out there for me. But overall I love his use of color and keeping true to himself.

    This is one of my favorite posts of yours! Love your insight!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  10. I haven’t watched Project Runway in a long time, but I’m pretty sure the last season I watched was when he won–so crazy how long ago that was!! I agree about that orange dress though–it’s too much for me for sure!

  11. I love and agree with your entire assessment of the collection, you’ve raised a lot of great points. What I love about him is that he’s practical, for the most part, in his designs. As you’ve started out with saying, the industry does have a lot of things it needs to improve, one of which, I believe, is to cater more to the everyday woman, the true consumer, which I feel he does. I do feel that the orange dress does show some inconsistency, starting off the show/collection practical to super impractical, from contemporary-modern, back to retro skipping back and forth decades. With that, I’m honestly rooting for him, too, because I do feel that he’s quite talented and the fact that he’s dressed some of the most well known fashionistas of our day, such as Victoria Beckham and SJP says a lot. I have a pair of ankle boots from his Payless collaboration and they look like the most uncomfortable, yet super fashionable, boots ever, but they are probably one of my most comfiest shoes I own and I purchased them nearly 4 years ago! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, I really enjoyed this post, reading your thoughts! I hope you’re having the best start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • So true that the gap between runway and buyers/the regular people need to decrease. Even though it’s always fun to get inspo, it just won’t work in the long turn. And he’ll definitely be ready in a few years, he have so high peaks!! Xx

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