Spring 2021 Ready to Wear
Pictures by Christian Siriano
LET’S GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
Christian Siriano Eschews Practicality and Goes Full Fantasy for Spring
Christian Siriano has proven himself to be a force of change and leadership ever since he broke out onto the fashion scene 10 years ago, following a win on Project Runway.
In that time he has become a household name for glamorous red carpet looks that promote inclusivity of size, shape, age, and orientation, all-important promotions of which some other designers have been slow to follow. He was one of the first designers to use his studio to make masks at the height of the pandemic, producing and providing nearly one million face coverings to date. He is a designer who is as beloved for his unapologetic moral compass as he is for his whimsical designs, which brings us to the live (grassy) runway of his Spring 2021 collection.
Shown on the lawn of his Connecticut estate, with 80 or so onlookers seated distantly apart, Siriano went full-on fantastic for Spring. Quarantine had not prompted a collection of sweats or work from home ensembles from Siriano, instead, forcing the designer’s hand to the full opposite spectrum. Inspired by his collection of childhood comic books and ’80s and ’90s era teen movies he had revisited these past few months at home, the collection began with wearable, tailored, black and white plaid separates and two flirty black cocktail dresses. From there the collection split into about 20 different directions and influences, from flamenco ruffles to nipple baring sheer dresses with flower appliqués, Valentino inspired dresses with floating feathers, and a yellow chiffon tent dress, covering the model head to toe, adorned with 3D flowers. There were bra tops paired with oversized skirts, reminiscent of previous Brandon Maxwell designs, and finally, the muse, Coco Rocha, in a fire engine red dress with a ruffled train, hugging her pregnant belly, who delighted Instagram for the day by diverting off course into Siriano’s pool.
Did this collection make sense? No. Was it supposed to? Also, no. Siriano did exactly what he wanted, creating fantastical garments full well knowing there is probably not a market for most of them (a floor-length black column dress decorated with the word VOTE will no doubt be out of fashion in a few weeks, or at least put on the shelf for four more years). Each of the models wore a mask corresponding with their look, and that was, perhaps, the strongest statement. No other designer has shown a completely masked collection thus far, and most likely will not, moving forward. But that’s the charm of Christian Siriano. He does what he wants and paves the way for others. And we love him for it.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky