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Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

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Nostalgia is the siren of the present day. With many people isolating at home, the lure of memory is understandable. If anyone seems to indulge in a bit of nostalgia, it’s Christian Siriano.

The designer was one of the very first in New York to turn his studio into a mask-making facility. The team has manufactured and donated almost a million face coverings so far. At the same time that Siriano was engaged in those good works, he was hunkering down in his new modern home in the coastal town of Westport, Connecticut. He cooked a lot, enjoyed his garden and local farmers markets, dove into his childhood comic collection, and rewatched some of his favorite movies, including Troop Beverly Hills, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Clueless, and The Wizard of Oz.

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Christian Siriano presented his spring collection in his backyard in Westport, Connecticut. Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty Images for Christian Siriano

“It was kind of cool to see all those things come back to life,” said Siriano, who filtered his inspirations through his imagination into a collection that translated fairly recent fashion history for a young, fun-loving audience. Poufs, asymmetric hems, bra tops, and a jazzy paint-stroke print brought back the 1980s; there were also some references that seemed derivative of more recent couture shows. Siriano attributes the many ’80s and ’90s touches to his film list. “I like that,” he said post-show, “because it reminded me of when I was growing up wanting to be a fashion designer—that’s kind of what inspired everything.”

Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

If Siriano’s idea of glamour is somewhat traditional, he made inclusivity a core value of his brand early on, regularly casting models of different backgrounds, sizes, and ages, as he did again today when he presented his spring 2021 show in the backyard of his home. Models in high heels from Sarah Jessica Parker’s line walked over bridges spanning the pool and around the lawn, and were watched by an audience, most of whom had been Lyfted in from New York and were seated six feet apart. “I wanted this to be an escape for everybody—fantasy, to have fun with fashion,” the designer said.

Coco Rocha in the finale look. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Christian Siriano
Coco Rocha in the finale look. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Christian Siriano

The team seemed to have enjoyed the process, and there was a giddy sense of excess to many of the looks that featured bold details like flamenco ruffles and winged sleeves. The palette ranged from princess pink to tomato red. While carrying an important message, a dress with matching accessories that read “Vote” seemed a bit jejune; the comic book print, a bit of an outlier. Pants suits with flared legs felt more relevant, as did easier pieces like a shirred black minidress.

The show seemed to end on a hopeful note for the future with a pregnant Coco Rocha as the closer, but the effect was dampened a bit when she decided to take a swim in a jersey and taffeta dress that quickly became weighty with water. Fantasy, after all, is only a temporary escape. There is no going back to the days and nights of yore, no clicking away problems with a touch of the heels. And anyway, our energies are needed to improve the present. As Siriano told his team if the show didn’t happen, “at least we leave this year actually something great behind [the masks], and I think that is the most important.” Indeed.

#Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

#Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

#Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

#Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

#Christian Siriano SPRING 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

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Photo: Dan Lecca / Courtesy of Christian Siriano

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