Christian Siriano Fall 2023

Christian Siriano has proven himself in the fashion industry. But you don’t need me to tell you that.

As one of the few designers from “Project Runway,”—a show he now hosts—that has stood the fashion test of time, Siriano has not only survived the downward trajectory of many former “Project Runway” contestants he has thrived and triumphed.

Siriano has survived so brilliantly that he is now in the conversation with iconic American brands—Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Pamella Roland, and others. Siriano’s fall 2023 collection justified his position in the American fashion constellation.

For his fall 2023 show, staged at Gotham Hall, Siriano produced a 56-garment collection. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly in the iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany,” Siriano’s color palette mimicked the colors in Hepburn’s garden, with Siriano peppering Gotham Hall with pink, purple, and white floral arrangements.

As with most Siriano’s fashion collections, this fall 2023 contained garments that were overdesigned, bordering on garish fantasies a la Siriano style. No one could pull this off in the US better than Siriano. With Siriano the overdesigned fantasies work in an almost tongue-in-cheek kind of way.

There was not just the current ruffle trend, sheer garments, and bold colors in this outing, there was an overabundance of ruffles and rosettes to the level of garishness, well almost. Still, for Siriano, it worked.

Less is better is not a phrase that readily pops up in Siriano’s fashion vocabulary. More is much better fits Siriano well, especially in this collection.

All that said, there are many garments in this collection that work for that consumer who wants to be noticed and noticed by everyone!! Meaning there is a variety of red-carpet-worthy garments to choose from. And this season, above all other seasons, Siriano got plus-size right.

In collections past, many of Siriano’s plus-size garments did not complement larger models. It was though the garments were just made larger without considering how those garments worked on a larger model. Siriano finally got it right in this outing. Everyone plus size, in addition the brand’s selection of larger models was on point.

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Keep up the excellent work Christian and keep using supermodel Coco Rocha. She turns it out in every collection. Christian, you are a fashion star!!

—William S. Gooch


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