All sartorial eyes may have been on Paris last week, but one New York designer’s Fall 2014 debut was as French as they come: Christian Siriano. The young designer’s Lisa Fonssagrives-inspired collection emphasized his penchant for complete head-to-toe looks (as opposed to pieces), and his ability to create body-conscious silhouettes that aren’t too risky for the cultured set. I could see myself, and Carine Roitfeld, emanating a certain je ne sais quoi in his latest work. That’s why, when Parisian street style seized headlines, I couldn’t help but revisit the initial rush of seeing Siriano’s sleek collection up-close and personal.
Angel: How did you settle on Lisa Fonssagrives as your Fall 2014 muse?
Christian: She was very stylish, but also very ladylike. Very put-together. Each look was a look, and she loved to get dressed. I think that that is what we’re doing in this collection for every woman. Every customer that I have, hopefully finds something in the collection that she loves.
Angel: How can women echo Fonssagrives’ sense of style?
Christian: It’s always about taking that little extra time to pull yourself together; keep yourself sophisticated and elegant. I also think sometimes you can be a little playful. A lot of the clothes have a little bit of playfulness to them, and I wanted that… It has a little bit of late-50s, early-60s undertone, French—that’s where she lived, and that was her persona.
Angel: What do you think women, namely American women, can learn from French style?
Christian: It’s that. It’s a style. They have a signature. In this collection, you’re going to see hats, you’re going to see a very distinguished woman, but I think that that’s what it is… I love that it’s a signature look. That is my goal.
Angel: What is the most-important thing a woman should consider when building her own signature look?
Christian: It’s really about the silhouette. So really celebrating the waist, really celebrating the body. I think you can be a woman in these clothes. You can have bust, you can have shape!