Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’11. Christian Siriano is the New Black

February 10, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: Fall 2011 seems the proverbial yin to Christian Siriano's Spring 2011 yang. After showing a mostly stark white spring collection, the designer took a moodier route this season with a predominantly black line. Sure his guests may have been a little disappointed, accustomed to at least some prints or intermix of color, but the upside of the mostly monochromatic palette was that you could focus much more on the details and texture with the absence of color. The first few looks brought out structured blazers paired with whispery, barely there skirts. Synthetic petal accents on a few of the mini dresses provided a cool 3D effect, seeming to pop off the fabric. And wide leg trousers and a satin organza skirt provided some of Siriano's signature use of volume, though one couldn't help but admit that the collection was clearly more pared down than in the past. 

Finally Siriano trotted out some much anticipated drama with the final few looks. Gowns in tulle and silk chiffon boasted dramatic swirled appliques, and the final look showcased a mauve organza ball gown skirt that looked spun from confectionary sugar. Each of the looks was accessorized by Christian Siriano for Payless heels, platform pumps in both black and green with gold grommets, which were to die for a little too literally since several of the models either stumbled or tumbled in them throughout the show.

Color Palette: black, charcoal, silver, black orchid print, mauve, moss, deep moss

Fabrics and Textures: tweed, chiffon, silk wool, long hair knit, wool crepe, leather, knit, organza, cashmere, Mongolian lamb's wool, boucle, wool, silk crepe, silk wool, satin, silk organza, sequin, applique, lace, crepe, tulle 

Key Looks: Wool Crepe and Leather Zip front Jacket, Cashmere and Leather Double Labelled Coat, Boucle Pencil Skirt, Tweed Skirt with Ruffle Bottom, Wool Wide Leg Trouser with Oversized Cuff, Mauve Silk Organza Draped Cocktail Dress with Petal Skirt, Tulle Draped One Shoulder Gown with Two Tiered Full Skirt

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: NY Mag     

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