Christian Siriano has quickly built both a luxury brand and a name for himself in the fashion community. Christian attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and studied fashion in London, where he interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. In the Fall of 2012 Siriano opened his first 1000-square foot concept store in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood and in June of 2013 was inducted into the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America. September of 2015, he will show his 16th ready-to-wear collection. His designs have appeared in some of the most respected fashion magazines around the world. Christian has dressed stars of film, music, television, and fashion including Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Allison Williams, Rihanna, Christina Hendricks, Lady Gaga, Shailene Woodley, Kaley Cuoco, Taylor Swift and many more.
Saturday, Feburary 13th, Siriano unveiled his fall/winter 2016 runway collection at Chelsea’s Artbeam Studios for New York Fashion Week. In attendance for the runway event were was Actresses Jaime King & Ashley Madekwe, supermodel Coco Rocha, Ghost World’s Thora Birch, Orange Is The New Black’s Jason Biggs and many more.
“My Fall/Winter 2016 collection was first inspired by artist Sheila Hicks’ “Art of the Yarn” exhibit,” says Siriano. “After researching her work and the idea of yarn design as a form of art, I became inspired by all the many different techniques of knitting and weaving in fabrications. We looked at different ways to knit, twist and manipulate fabric into pieces that had structure but were still soft and elegant. To modernize these techniques, we digitally printed knitted fibers onto silk jerseys, cottons and wool in order to capture the idea of a knit – without the process of knitting. Just as Hicks weaves textured narratives with yarn, we tried to create a collection with story progression. This collection uses volume, texture, soft fibers, and masculine undertones in shape and silhouette. Menswear-inspired suits and tailored evening pieces balance it out. It was important to stay true to the inspiration while remaining mindful of our loyal customer and her love of femininity, and we are introducing her to a hint of tailored, Bowie-inspired androgyny.”
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