Siri­ano wins best-view award at NY Fash­ion Week

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Jo­ce­lyn Noveck AP Na­tional Writer

NEW YORK >> If there were a best-view award at New York Fash­ion Week, Chris­tian Siri­ano would win it. The sights out­side the de­signer’s run­way show atop Rock­e­feller Cen­ter were hard to beat: The Em­pire State build­ing, the Chrysler Build­ing and other Man­hat­tan land­marks, just as the sun be­gan to set on a cold but clear Satur­day.

As for the clothes, Siri­ano looked to the fu­ture — the far-off fu­ture — with a col­lec­tion that had an out­erspace feel, with shiny sil­ver metallics and highly sculpted fu­tur­is­tic shapes.

Even the col­ors were ga­lac­tic: “Pul­sar pur­ple,” ‘’comet blue,” ‘’eclipse black,” ‘’as­tral plane ivory,” ‘’as­ter­oid gray,” and “su­per­nova sil­ver.”

Siri­ano him­self was full of apolo­gies as he came out for his post-show bow, telling the crowd “I’m so sorry!” for the late start — a re­sult of con­ges­tion in el­e­va­tors lead­ing up to the venue, and lines snaking through the lobby at Rock­e­feller Cen­ter. He re­peated the apolo­gies through­out post-show in­ter­views.

The celebrity guests didn’t seem to mind too much: De­bra Mess­ing, Billy Porter and Mariska Har­gi­tay whooped with ad­mi­ra­tion as some of Siri­ano’s flam­boy­ant de­signs came down the run­way. Other celebs in at­ten­dance in­cluded ac­tresses Christina Hen­dricks, Christina Ricci, Danielle Brooks, and Kelli Gid­dish.

“I’m think­ing of fu­tur­ism,” Siri­ano said back­stage about his theme, “and what do people think about that, what does fu­tur­is­tic mean to every­body else? So mine was if you had to live in a dif­fer­ent realm, a dif­fer­ent world, how would you dress, and what would your so­cial cal­en­dar be like. What would in­spire you?”

The de­signer is known for the di­ver­sity of his run­way — racial di­ver­sity, and also size — and said he re­mained com­mit­ted, “be­cause that’s who our cus­tomer is, that’s our world, that’s what’s out there. So it doesn’t make sense to not have that, all these dif­fer­ent women. I think that was very im­por­tant to high­light the range of beauty.”

Plus-sized model Tess HolIi­day, who at­tended the show, said Siri­ano was “size in­clu­sive and he’s one of the first de­sign­ers to do it. He con­tin­u­ously not only shows up for our com­mu­nity, but puts on beau­ti­ful shows.”

Siri­ano said he’d just fin­ished tap­ing his first sea­son as men­tor on “Project Run­way,” tak­ing over from Tim Gunn, and work­ing along­side su­per­model Kar­lie Kloss.

“It was awe­some,” he said of re­turn­ing to the re­al­ity show, which he won as a con­tes­tant in its fourth sea­son. “I love work­ing with Kar­lie. I think it’s go­ing to be re­ally great.” He said he’d be bring­ing his per­spec­tive as a work­ing de­signer to the show’s con­tes­tants.

“I treat them the same way I treat my staff, my team,” he said. “Like, ‘Do you like that fab­ric? Do you think that’s right? I’m giv­ing them ad­vice the same way I would give my team ad­vice.”

Siri­ano was full of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the vo­cal sup­port he gets from his celebrity guests.

“Some­times fash­ion people can be a bit, you know, they’re tired,” he quipped, “so it’s so nice to have (his celebrity fans) there to sup­port me, be­cause lis­ten, they’re wear­ing the clothes. So even if an ed­i­tor hates the clothes, I’m like, ‘Well that’s fine, De­bra Mess­ing is nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe and I’m go­ing to dress her! So for me, that’s im­por­tant. And I don’t know why other people don’t think it is.”

KEVIN HA­GEN—AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The lat­est fash­ion cre­ation from Chris­tian Siri­ano is mod­eled dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week, Satur­day, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York.

KEVIN HA­GEN—AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A model sits for makeup ahead of the pre­sen­ta­tion of Chris­tian Siri­ano’s spring line, part of New York Fash­ion Week, Satur­day, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York.

BRENT N. CLARKE—AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ac­tress Christina Hen­dricks at­tends the Chris­tian Siri­ano Run­way Show held at Top of the Rock at Rock­e­feller Cen­ter dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week on Satur­day, Feb. 9, 2019 in New York.

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