Fashion Week

Designers from "Project Runway" have come and gone — sadly, mostly gone. But Christian Siriano has shown he plans to stay.
Siriano's spring 2010 collection shown Saturday was his third at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week following his stint on the reality show, and in that time he's made his way to the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue and to the shoe aisles of Payless
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The collection was a lush take on Mediterranean travel, concluding with three intricate ball gowns that elicited spontaneous applause from a crowd that included actresses Mena Suvari and Tori Spelling and model Alessandra Ambrosio. A satin-faced organza strapless gown in blush, elegantly draped and with a beaded bodice, cried out for a red carpet.

"I feel like a proud dad," said Tim Gunn, the "Project Runway" mentor. He said he knew Siriano would be a standout from the competition, and thinks he's evolved into something more: "I believe he's this generation's Marc Jacobs. I do."
Some of Siriano's most striking pieces were made from a fabric print created using an aerial photograph of the Italian coast line — "flipped, modified, repeated and saturated with Volcanic and Oceanic colors," as Siriano described in his notes. The result was a richly intricate pattern that looked almost animalistic rendered in reds and orange and like a deep ocean cartography in blues.
Siriano is a natural showman, so wearability seems beside the point.
But he showed a capacity to wow with some of his tamer pieces in shades of blush, nude and khaki — there was elegant draping, delicate pleating and gathered flounces at the shoulders and hips, two body parts getting a lot of attention at Fashion Week.

Bravo, Jason! Countless designers, young and not so, could take a page from Jason Wu, who refused to let his newfound celebrity go to his head. Instead of indulging in a mega fashion event packed with pushy throngs who didn’t have to be there, Wu kept his guest list tight and his mood calm, putting the focus right where it should be, on the clothes.

Wu realized the motif in a delightful manner that was controlled if not exactly spare. By day, he moved back and forth between full-skirted looks and curvy dresses, often adding deep bands of embroidery at the hem,
or working a waisted frock in a Kara Walker-inspired mini print, which requires up-close viewing to figure out. A delightful aspect of his clothes is that though consummately wearable they are not at all bland, whether the interest comes via boldly embroidered shoulders on a sexy sheath or in a cascade of frothy chiffon ruffles over a metallic skirt.
Ditto the high evening looks. Michelle Obama’s now-famous inaugural gown offered a beautiful break from the dull-as-dishwater, uberpervasive mermaid and siren fare that dominates the celebrity scene. Here, Wu offered numerous such lovely alternatives, from a fabulous flapper-esque sky blue chiffon to a dotted navy tulle affair with a hint of Fifties ingénue optimism.
Read more at: WWD
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