Christian Siriano Fall 2014 Was The Most French Collection of them All
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!