Midway through Christian Siriano’s Spring 2014 show, the traditionally stoic fashion week audience erupted in applause for an ornately embroidered, pale pink tea-length dress. It was a standout yet decidedly subdued piece in a collection of statement-making looks.
This season, Siriano left the opera house and took a little vacation to Mexico–more specifically, Isla Mujeres: The Island of Women. The collection kicked off with textured watercolor tropical florals and sheer white blouses, succeeded by several punchy-colored solid looks, including a Big Bird yellow maxi tube top (yes, that’s a thing) over matching cropped pants that somehow made perfect sense. Soft ruffles, capelets, and circle skirts made for a hyper-feminine silhouette. There was an airiness to the whole collection; it seemed to float down the (tiki hut-decorated) runway almost weightlessly. Siriano also experimented with bold prints by way of patchwork raffia in reference to traditional Mexican artistry.
The final segment of the show was comprised of a series of pastel dresses adorned with floaty ostrich feathers and silk floral appliques, reminiscent of those that make up a synthetic Hawaiian lei. In an unusual turn of events, it was this evening wear–arguably the largest sector of Siriano’s business–that felt a bit tired (if not contrived). But that pink dress from earlier–it was truly something.