A puzzle: Christian Siriano, arguably better known for structured jackets and layered ruffles than for popularizing the word "fierce" as an acceptable adjective, has just signed a deal with Payless to do a line of bags and shoes for Fall 09. Apparently, the tired economy has gotten to his customers (and potential buyers), too, and he wants to ensure that "everyone" can get a piece of his brand. The line debuts at Fashion Week in a couple months, but no word yet on the general design direction. We're not sure what platform, ruffly booties would look like, but we have a feeling we'll be able to tell you all about it very soon.
Christian Siriano is Being Sued by His Talent Agency
Has being the only successful Project Runway winner made Christian Siriano greedy? He may be making bank with his successful Payless collaboration, but apparently not enough. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Siriano's talent agency Designer's Management Agency is suing the designer for not paying them an agreed upon commission of 20% on profits from the partnership with Payless.