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.
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Christian Siriano. The name brings about memories of "Ferosha Coutura," good Project Runway seasons, and giant poufy dresses. But the pint-sized wonderboy has grown so much since those days. Now with a successful shoe and bag line for Payless and sunglasses on the horizon, Christian Siriano is becoming a brand beyond reality TV.