Christian Siriano is the Tom Cruise of fashion. With NY Fashion week wrapped up, here is a look at the highs and lows. Siriano is undoubtedly the most successful project runway alum. Of all Heidi’s winners, he is the only one to have a serious fashion carrier. The fashion set are snobs and elitists however. He won’t make the cover of Vogue and time soon but his cloths sell out at stores around the county. If I had to choose one, I would rather have commercial success over critical acclaim. I suspect that makes the fashion industry even more mad. He has a huge fan base without the support of editors and fashion critics. He’s found a way to cheat the system and win. You can tell he only gets coverage because of his retail success and you can almost hear the editors groaning “Ok fine, I guess I have to mention him…” I think the Meenal Mistry said it best on Style.com:
“Getting the respect that Siriano wants will require more than heeding a cool stylist. But you have to ask the question: Does he need it? In fashion’s new landscape, editors and designers are scrambling for the reality-TV stardom that Siriano already has in spades. Perhaps all he needs is a change of perspective.”
I still love him and I wish him all the success in the world. My advise to Christian is to try and grow and evolve as a designer but never loose who you are. Your customers buy your cloths for a reason. Fierce!
The rest of NY Fashion Week played out as follows:
Trend: Print, Patterns, and more
The Ugly and Ridiculous
All photos via Style.com
Trends designers in order from left to right:
Prints: Costello Taglialietra, Diane Von Furstenberg, Diane Von Furstenburg, Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Peckham.
Yellow: Derek Lam, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Rodarte, Christian Siriano, Michael Kors
The Ugly and Ridiculous: Thakoon, Jeremy Scott, Proenza Schouler