2010 September 10

Runway Reviews: Christian Siriano, Richie Rich, Nicholas K, Project Runway

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Never one to shy away from drama, fabric, tulle, frills and thrills, Christian Siriano’s Spring 2011 collection consisted of frothy frocks, theatrical gowns and a heavy heaping of embellishments. The staggering 40 looks concluded in a fiery red gown made up of literally miles and miles of tulle. Siriano also veered into the realm of separates and suiting, expanding beyond his signature evening dress. Silk organza tiered blouses and snake embossed pants still offered much in the way of  funky color and texture, but also exuded a sophisticated vibe.

Theater should be Richie’s real stage. The show opened with ballet dancers (pointe shoes and tutus and a sensual pas de deux included), was followed with a DJ and violin-player ensemble jamming on an empty runway, continued with a display of erotic leather and chain getups, and finished with transvestites in sequins and Ellen DeGeneres closing the show. Citing Audrey Hepburn and Madonna as inspirations, Ritchie showed girly pieces with the typical amount of Rich girl sass. Some where in between there was an abundance of glitter makeup, polished bouffant updos, booty shorts with fuschia ruffles, and neon piping around zipper detailing on dresses. The real show-stealer of course, was DeGeneres and Rich’s final bow, one that involved some bumping and grinding then pouting in front of the photo pit . Ellen kind of rocked the suit and high-tops. Don’t tell the models…

Inspired by a vintage wool military beret, Nicholas Kunz delivered a collection in the signature Nicholas K laidback, cool vibe, only this season with a keen attention to military style. “We’re bringing back our roots, which are utilitarian, but this time giving it more of a bohemian, rugged feel,” explained Kunz. Oversized army green anoraks, billowy tunics, cape-like silhouettes, zippers and toggles galore felt relaxed but still offered plenty of drama. Slouchy sweaters and trousers were topped off with, of course, berets! The leather-trimmed accessory served as the perfect punctuation mark for a combat-ready collection.

This season’s Project Runway show featured ten designers producing ten looks each, and as expected, there were teary, choked up introductions and dedications to grandmothers. Each season, there is never a shortage of design approaches, and the hopefuls all dabbled into a slew of different aesthetics. Everything was accounted for, from muted, gauzy gowns to vibrant frocks that looked as if they had been plucked out of a Crayola crayon box. Inspirations ranged from home countries to tide pools to dolls at a tea party.  Summing up the show, Heidi Klum confessed, “I don’t think I’ve gotten so emotional or attached to a group of designers before.”