Everyone’s favorite Project Runway grad has grown up nicely throughout the seasons and has really started to meet his stride when it comes to cohesive collections that are a nice balance of market ready and his typical flourishes of fancy. This collection, inspired by the noir film Vampire Bat starring Fay Wray in 1933 (a campy little film), was probably my favorite of Siriano’s yet for businesswomen and well-heeled society types- a perfect mix of HBIC staples (Head Bitch In Charge for those who don’t know that anagram) and beautiful expressions of art. What it felt like from my seat, is that he’s been restrained a bit. I’ll explain.
The collection is filled with “pretty” and “lovely” items – day dresses, beautiful blouses and A-line skirts, beautiful printed blouse and pants combinations. They were executed beautifully and they will (and should) sell, but where I love Siriano is where his personality flickers out on the runway – a leather jacket paired with a filmy dove grey pleated maxiskirt with shorts underneath. He loves to play and I love when he does it.
I love the color palette of black and white mixed with blood red and the models were styled beautifully, with a nod to sleek classic vampire hair and a blood red lip. The collection contained beautiful use of fur (I know, I don’t hate me, just reporting!) against noir and icy grey palettes. A series of vampy sanguine-hued dresses followed, with a beautiful metallic dress..
And then the metallic bodice against the black turtleneck and wide-legged pants came out, at which point I wanted to sing. Here we go into the night, I thought, and I followed Siriano right there, with black gowns with leather halter bustiers and…
a black biker jacket with tubing in a pattern he called “Bat Vein.” It’s magnificent. Want. Need. A black leather sheath dress of similar ilk followed…
Then Siriano got to play a little, with gowns that absolutely are red carpet-ready – a vamp red gown and a black gown that were to DIE FOR.
So, all in all, I really liked the Siriano collection for Fall and I feel like it’s something that will fit into more wardrobes than the red carpet flights of fancy we’re used to seeing. But what I love about Siriano is his spirit, his fierce determination to get his point across. I hope we see that soul fly a little more free next season, because it’s beautiful.