Christian Siriano Spring 2021

Christian Siriano’s spring 2021 collection has everything, well almost. And when I say everything, I mean everything. From pouf sleeves to feathers, to light spring tweeds to straw hats, to midriffs to va va voom, this spring 2021 collection has almost everything a stylish woman wants.

For a decade now, Christian Siriano has been giving ladies what they want, and sometimes what they want before they even know they want it. Hmm, didn’t Dian Vreeland say that? Anyway, Siriano always has his fingers on the pulse of what women want to wear. And even though the silhouettes and styles may change, one thing holds constant. Women want to be stylish and sexy. That does not change, and Christian Siriano gives that to his consumer, full frontal!!

In this time of a health pandemic lockdown, consumers need something to dream about and aspire to. Siriano gives us the dreams in this collection. That said; this spring 2021 collection was a throwback moment; a throwback vintage moment in homage to the 1980s and 90s. We are talking padded shoulders, midriffs, jazz pants, lingerie as outerwear, poufy sleeves and skirts, you name it, it is all thrown in—mostly tasteful—in this 80s and 90s hodgepodge. And for the most part it works.

Siriano’s fashion flashback was inspired by some of his favorite films— “Clueless,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Troop Beverly Hills,” and “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter Is Dead.” And is made evident in this collection. And this collection worked so beautiful on the grounds of Siriano’s new home in Westport, Connecticut.

Post-show Siriano explained his inspiration, as reported in vogue.com, “I like that, because [the films] reminded me of when I was growing up wanting to be a fashion designer—that’s kind of what inspired everything.” This collection demonstrates that Siriano has made his dreams come true!!

If there was one drawback to this spring 2021 collection, it was in the construction of some of the garments. There were several garments that looked a bit under-constructed. It is obvious that in some instances Siriano was going for a more minimalist aesthetic; however, the construction of some of the clothing was a bit off, and is some instances looked elementary, at best. Perhaps, that was due to the not having a much access to the garment factories due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever the reason, the construction of some of the garments needs to be bumped up.

Images courtesy of Dan Lecca/vogue.com

Standout looks in this collection include, but are not limited to, the red and white tweed midriff halter paired with red and white full ballgown skirt, black column gown with padded shoulders with the words vote imprinted throughout, diaphanous black organza gown with black floral embellishments.  And of course, you cannot leave out the matching masks.

—William S. Gooch

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