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.
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However, the collection swings from being Instagram-friendly to pieces that feels both outdated and not thought-through.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.
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 thoughts on “Christian Siriano Spring 2017”
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!!
Same same here. The white dress is just stunning and the orange one is….not that stunning haha! But lovely with the diversity he displayed!! Xx
Christian Siriano is one of my favorite designers, he’s always been amaizng since project runway and these collection proves that for sure. I love all the pieces, so edgy and chic!!
He’s definitely done some lovely collections and will be a known name within years!! Xx
Some of his models are so stunning !
Such a great design job.
I love it.
Indeed, so many lovely peaks! Xx
Such a lovely dresses. Amazing collection. Liked it.
They are lovely indeed!! Xx
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!!
That’s so lovely! And the white dress is just stunning, so much glam! Xx
What a great show, i love the first look
It’s so lovely!! Xx
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.
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There were definitely some peaks and low points in this collection, nevertheless wearable for its modern and up to date looks! Love that look too, just so much style! Xxx
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!
Thank you so much love! It’s a big no-no for me, but some readers definitely seem to like it!! Xx
Yes I heard about this. I think his collection is stunning and bravo to him for breaking the mold and being so inclusive.It is about time.
Allie of ALLIENYC
Same here, it was definitely about time and he did the different shapes justice! Xx
I love all of his pieces, year after year it seems. That orange dress is so killer. Why can’t I just wear it in real life every day?!
I didn’t like it, but so happy to hear that you did! Can definitely see you working it love, it suits your style in a favorable way! Xx
Christian Siriano always keeps it real! I love how he embraces real beauty in this show. Great recap!
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Same here, just love it! Thank you so much love! Xx
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.
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I know you’ll get there!! (So will I hahaha lol). He does indeed, he definitely has an a-list clientel! Do so, there are so many great shows to be discovered!! Xx
Gorgeous collection. Love especially this blue dress.
It’s gorgeous! Xx
His designs are always so amazing!! I love all the pretty colors! xo, biana –BlovedBoston
Indeed, so many lovely peaks! Xx
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. 🙂
The colors are so lovely. And love that he’s so inclusive in his choice of models! It is indeed, it’s allowed to dream but it won’t work for the everyday life for everyone unfortuanetly! Xx
He always kills it!!! That orange gown is stunning!
Love that you like it, haha I didn’t! Xx
Great post! The pictures look and I love your writing! 🙂
Thank you so much, that makes me so happy to hear!! Xx
great post 😀
Thank you! Xx
I agree! These can be wearable in a daily basis in a socialite event. I love it.
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They can indeed! xx
I love how honest you are about the collection. It’s so refreshing to read some critique instead of non stop praises, good on you and you have my respect. And that white dress, OMG, please show up in my wardrobe too!
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Thank you love, that makes me so happy to hear! And YES, the white dress is so gorgeous, so in looove with it! Xx
Indeed, so many lovely peaks! Xx
Such beautiful collection!
Indeed, so many lovely peaks! Xx
I like first look!
It’s so chic! Xx
Thank you! Xx
I’m feeling very, very inspired by those statement sleeves! My DIY brain’s wheels are turning!
-Clarissa @ The View From Here
That’s so lovely, so happy that you’re inspired!! Xx
There are some really cool pieces in this collection!
Claire from Dresscape
Indeed, some lovely peaks! Xx
Wow! Amazing collection <33 i love it 😉
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Same here, so many good peaks! Xx
Christian is so talented! I’ve met him in person once and he was just the nicest!
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That’s so lovely, I bet he was. He just seems so happy all the time! Xx
Amazing collection 🙂
I totally see what you mean! I’m not a fan of the orange looks but it might also be because I don’t really care for orange as a whole. The all black pieces and that printed maxi with the black crop top are my faves.
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Right? They were just so good! A bit of Balenciaga vibe to it which I love! Xx
These pieces look beautiful! I love the bright blue dress. It looks like it would be amazing on any shape/skintone. Lovely post.
It would indeed, such a pretty color and shape on the dress! Xx
He’s definitely talented! I always find pieces to love in his collections.
He has gems indeed! Xx
these are great styles! specially the orange dress. Happy Monday love.
That’s lovely that you think so, I thought it was a bit out of style! Xx
I definitely didn’t like his whole collection but some pieces were gorgeous!
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Some pieces are gorgeous indeed! Xx
those pieces are just beautiful!
There are many lovely ones! Xx
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 🙂
I’d say so too, he’s really made a name for himself! Xx
Great post! Love all of the outfits!
There are so lovely ones! Xx
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!
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Some are really defying the normality in fashion, but he had great wearable pieces too!
Thank you so much love, that makes me so happy. I blush! Xx
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!
Haha it’s been some years yes! The orange dress was a bit out of style indeed! Xx
OMG I love Siriano.
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The boy got talent! Xx
love the pieces of this! the name sounds familiar does he design the shoes I see under his name in payless too?
He has done some collections for them as far as I’m aware! Xx
Siriano is amazing but I agree with you. I really love first dress <3
The first dress is lovely! Xx
Wonderful post, love every single look!
Same here! Xx
i really love that blue dress – the shade and the shape is so pretty x
It’s pretty indeed, love it too! Xx
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!
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
Nice outfits, I love it!!!
They’re lovely! Xx
Great post, love the models. The collection does in parts look dated I agree. Have a great day! Gemma x
It certainly does, but had some lovely peaks too! Xx
Those pieces are beautiful! Love the colors too!
The colors are gorgeous! Xx
How cool that he included diversity. I love that!
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Same here, it’s so good! XX
obsessed with the collection!!♥
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It has some lovely picks! Xx
Looks like a fun show! SO many pretty dresses!
It was a fun show! Xx
I LOVE these detailed comments. I don’t keep up with the industry as much as I would like to, so it’s always nice to get a comprehensive review like this one!
Thank you so much, glad to be to any help! Xx
love so much the first white dress
IT’s so pretty! Xx
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