Christian Siriano puts NY Fashion Week on ice

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — In icy crystals and soft seafoam, Christian Siriano evoked the massive glass sculptures of controversial Australian sculptor Sergio Redegalli, offering backless blouses in washed silk and open lattice work in bright white for spring.

In his New York Fashion Week show Saturday, beads appeared on sheer tops and equally sheer trousers, crystals embellished cocktail dresses, green brocades made up dresses short and long.

There was a touch of swishy raffia in white, a remnant of his bolder raffia looks in February.

His client, he said, is "not so much an easy breezy downtown cool girl. She's a little more elevated."

Among his silhouettes were full skirts in dresses and gowns in metallic green and a tiered gown with a long train. In addition to his whites and seafoam, blues ranged through pastels to heavier navy.

Siriano carried his heavy beading into bags and shoes as he enters his seventh year selling footwear at Payless.

Celebrity guests included skier Lindsey Vonn and actresses Mena Suvari and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The art of Redegalli, who has been criticized for his anti-Muslim views, touched Siriano in the way it reflects light. The artist put one outdoor piece, Cascade, in water that shimmers green when the sun hits it in the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

"All of his work is with mirror and glass and these frosted tones," Siriano said during a backstage interview. "It's all in reflection of water at the bottom. It's a very focused color palette. That's what I tried to do. We're playing with a lot of different transparent fabrics but sculpting them in a really beautiful way."


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