Christian has made a couple of comments in the press about scaling back in the current economic situation and this collection looks to be the result of that thinking. On the one hand, he's absolutely right in that a young, relatively unknown and untested designer like himself would have a hard time establishing a brand made up entirely of over-the-top fantasy pieces. On the other hand, we fear that he's toned himself so far down as to be relatively generic. Except for that last pink dress, there's little of the puffy-sleeved exuberance we've come to expect from him. Still, he's clearly maturing as a designer and that's a good thing. So here's a Siriano collection embracing separates. Here are gowns that still have those ruffles we've come to expect, yet have a wearability that he hasn't demonstrated before. All in all, it's a good, but not great collection. It seems to us that everything here is very salable and that was clearly the goal going in. But it also seems to us that it doesn't have that gasp factor that previous work had. Still, he's got a business to run. It's all well and good when you can get starlets to wear your dresses on the red carpet, but if you can't get them on the racks and in the hands of consumers, you might not last long in this economy. A smart approach, if not exactly the most aesthetically risky one.
The collection is inspired by 1960’s Parisian women and the idea of getting dressed up from day into evening. Take a look and we'll have our thoughts at the end.
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