The Clothes: Christian Siriano, who’s arguably the only person to ever emerge from Project Runway as a successful designer, is best known for his show-stopping ‘cake topper’ dresses–though there was more to his Spring 2013 show than just that. The show began with some matchy-matchy separates and shirt dresses in pastel brocades, polka dots, metallics, and airy water color tie-dyes, and eventually built up to the floatiest (that’s right–floatiest) dresses and gowns the world has ever known. The crowd audibly ooh-ed and ahh-ed at several white gowns in particular–many of which featured intricate pearl and feather embellishments–which would work equally well for the red carpet or an ultra chic wedding. They felt more pared down than normal Siriano-fare; Gorgeous yet wearable ballerina costumes for grown-ups. Shoes were pointy with bows, super high modernized Marie Antoinette-types, and metallic brogue flats–which will apparently be inspiring Siriano’s next Payless collaboration.
Hair and Makeup: Models wore their hair in slightly disheveled ballerina buns on top of their heads. Makeup was minimal with dewy skin and flushed cheeks.
Soundtrack: According to Shazam, it was the “Stonebridge Club Remix” of Lily Allen’s “The Fear.” But there were no vocals or anything that remotely sounded like the original track.
Vibe: HOT. The entire audience seemed to be fanning itself with hats and line sheets in synchronicity. Lots of chatting before seats were taken, media swarming around minor celebs in lieu of any actual A-listers.
Front Row Celebs: Brad Goresky, Natasha Bedingfield, Leigh Lezark
Celebrities We’d Most Like to See Wearing This Collection:: The Sisters Fanning for the frocks, Emma Stone for the cocktail ballerina dresses
WTF Moment: Everyone started going nutso when a blonde woman in black leather and sunglasses showed up, who was identified by several people around me as Elizabeth Banks. It was Natasha Bedingfield. Also overheard, Christian Siriano refusing to answer any questions involving his (apparently passe) catchphrase, ‘hot tranny mess.’
Swag: Condoms! From Christian Siriano’s new collab with Proper Attire. The packets were decorated with prints from the collection. Also, a bottle of Aveda hair goop.
What the Designer Said: “I wanted it to be very romantic, light, beautiful, and I think that that’s what it was! This was very girly, very sweet, which we haven’t really done before.”
What the Line Sheet Said: The collection was inspired by ballet, specifically “the Dream Ballet as performed by the American Ballet Theatre” and Degas’s painting Three Ballet Dancers. Writes Siriano, “I wanted this collection to feel as light, soft, and romantic as the dancers on stage and in the painting, but modern enough to be wearable by today’s elegant woman.”