CHRISTIAN SIRIANO NYFW SHOW FALL WINTER 2022
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO NYFW SHOW
FALL WINTER 2022
Setting the Stage
Best known as the winner of Project Runway's season 4, Christian Siriano has made a global name for himself in the years since. Working closely with legends such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, he has refined and perfected his style. The 2022 Fall/Winter collection was perfectly suited for this year, from the looks to the location. For reference, Siriano had his models strut down a figure-eight runway in front of A-list celebrities at the ground level of the Empire State Building. If that isn't a show in and of itself, we don't know what is.
Some major names in the industry modeled for Siriano in this show. From Coco Rocha to Karen Elson, the girls were absolutely stunning. In fact, Coco Rocha, Karen Elson and Candice Huffine opened and closed this year's show.
Let's dive right into the looks for this 2022 Fall and Winter collection. This collection was inspired by what Siriano called "The Victorian Matrix." The name is derived from past events that started in 2020. With the ever-changing state of the world, some days feel as though we have been transported to the Victorian era. On the other hand, some days feel futuristic. In any event, the looks from this show perfectly describe the current state of fashion. They are edgy and modern, yet exude Siriano's authenticity.
His opening looks incorporated a matte and shiny PVC fabric. This gave a futuristic, matrix-like feeling to the collection. It was important to establish this vibe early on in the show. It set the stage for the more "Victorian" and "romantic" looks that proceeded. The first few looks were full of vinyl and gave off "cool" vibes. It was edgy and chic. It was not the "norm" for a fashion show. It broke boundaries and assumptions of what a fashion show "should be."
Something that was ever-present in each look was the color blue. The cerulean blue was seen throughout almost every look. It summed up the entire collection, helping each piece flow seamlessly into one another. Siriano described how important it was that the colors used in the show were "rich" and "emotional." Blending dark and emotional colors with romantic and regal Victorian style was an unexpected combination. However, it worked in harmony with the aesthetic.
With 67 looks in total, there was something for everyone to love. The most common themes we saw from the 2022 show were rich black velvets, beautifully quilted denim and to-die-for textures. From corsets to lace-up boots, the Victorian inspiration made its debut a little less than halfway through the show. The seamless blend of old and new is a theme we see popping up more and more in the fashion industry.
The craftsmanship of each piece and close attention to detail has allowed Siriano to dress A-list celebrities. From Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie to Oprah and Lady Gaga, Siriano's pieces are some of the most sought-after designs in the world. Perhaps this is the reason why his collections are sold to retailers across the globe. His collections are always whimsical and inspiring. This is certainly true for the finale of this year's Fall/Winter collection.
All of the show-stopping looks came to a dramatic close with a grand finale. The model trifecta, including Rocha, Elson and Huffine, finished the show. They strutted down the runway in large, over-the-top gowns. Karen Elson's gown was very matrix-inspired with a color-shifting skirt and PVC bolero. Coco Rocha officially closed the show with a hooded quilted gown that absolutely stunned the audience. It was a concise close to a fashion show that felt quite similar to an alternate universe. From the 1st level of the Empire State Building, this show was a futuristic getaway with elements of romance, charm and darkness.
We can't admire a collection such as The Victorian Matrix without giving credit to the designer. As the youngest winner of Project Runway, Christian Siriano is truly a success story in all respects. Born in Maryland in 1985, Siriano had a passion for fashion at a young age. By 13, he was already designing clothes and interested in studying design. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied fashion design.
After being rejected from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), he decided to continue his studies abroad in London. Shortly thereafter he began an apprenticeship with the prestigious Vivienne Westwood. After his time there, he followed up by learning from another icon, Alexander McQueen. In fact, McQueen is his favorite designer. Upon graduating, Siriano moved back to the east coast, this time, he landed in NYC. Once in The Big Apple, he wasn't designing his own collection, but that was all about to change.
Christian Siriano Project Runway
His life absolutely transformed once he auditioned for Project Runway. He was selected as a contestant and never looked back. Not only did Siriano win the most challenges ever won by a single contestant in one season, but he also became fan-favorite— making it all the way to the finale. He was the youngest person to ever win the show at just 24 years old. He was listed on "40 under 40" by Crain's. He debuted his collection at NYFW and subsequently won the show's fourth season in 2008. Along with this major milestone, he also received a $100,000 grant to begin his label. Christian Siriano clothes and Christian Siriano shoes are some of the most sought-after designer items.
His apparel and collections immediately showed up at major retailers across the country such as Saks and Neiman Marcus. His label became very successful very quickly. In fact, he generated $1.2 million in revenue in 2010. Only two years later, he opened his first flagship store in Manhattan. He has been known for hiring diverse models for his fashion shows including Ashley Graham, Danielle Brooks and Selma Blair. In 2013, he was inducted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). However, he was rejected from this same council back in 2011. This event showcases his determination and passion.
Siriano celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his fashion line in February of 2018. During that same year, he was listed under Time's 100 Most Influential People. In fact, he has become somewhat of a pop culture sensation over the years. Popular shows such as Saturday Night Live have parodied his catchphrases used on Project Runway. He even made an appearance in Ugly Betty in season 2. His accomplishments and pursuit of greatness have landed him a successful run that is still in motion— even 14 years later.
A Conclusion of The 2022 Fall/Winter Show
When we are talking about an iconic designer such as Christian Siriano, we must consider all elements of the show. The location has a lot to do with the mood and atmosphere created. The Empire State Building is known for being one of the tallest in New York City today. With such an iconic location, Christian Siriano could have easily booked the show with views of the city on an upper floor. Instead, he preferred the concourse level. This is a testament to the collection. With the recent changes in the past 2 years, many have felt hopeless or confused. This show validates those emotions while breaking through the darkness with ease, romance and regal charm. The lowest level of the most iconic building in Gotham was the perfect setting for debuting a collection like this one.
In terms of colors and fabric, it is important to keep in mind the season. These pieces were made for fall and winter. From the hues to the textures, everything revolved around the change in seasons. We saw influences of denim with a collaboration from Gloria Vanderbilt. The diverse washes of denim played well with various garments. From flirty mini dresses to tailored two-piece suits, the denim theme was freeing and casual. The layers of tulle and fantasy-inspired gowns brought the signature "Siriano style." The contrast of florals and latex balance each other quite well. This alternate universe was perfectly balanced with the location, the seasons, the timing and the current state of fashion following the pandemic.
The silhouettes had a futuristic feel while maintaining their dreamy and classic allure. While the mixture of tulle, latex and denim sounds like a disaster on paper, Siriano pulled it off. Each of these extremely different fabrics played well off one another in all 67 of his looks.
The shades of blue presented in this season's collection were absolutely diverse and full of emotion. The audience was stunned by the indigo, cornflower, navy and lapis hues. Even with the stunning gowns and figure-hugging silhouettes, Siriano did not fail to "wow" us with pantsuits and jumpsuits. The final looks were the reason this collection received a standing ovation. The entire show was its own universe and once over, felt as though a movie had concluded. You were left craving just a bit more while basking in fashion heaven the entire way home.