Bravo Announces New Project Runway Host and Judges, Including Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano

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How Christian Siriano Went From Project Runway’s Fiercest Contestant to World-Renowned Designer

ESC: Christian SirianoWhen Christian Siriano first made his way on Project Runway, the judges and viewers alike immediately took notice.
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Christian Siriano on Emmys, Inclusivity and New York Fashion Week

Christian Siriano made a summer stop in Los Angeles this week, just in time for Thursday’s Emmy nominations announcement. That night, he hosted a dinner at Chateau Marmont with 11 Honoré, the size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site cofounded by Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer. Said Herning, “Christian was one of the first designers we launched with and he’s still one of our best-selling designers a year later. He’s really on board with changing the game.” The designer’s inclusive approach to retail and celebrity dressing has heightened his profile, but he remains as down-to-earth and energetic as ever. “I’m always up sending e-mails in the middle of the night, because otherwise, what are you going to do? We’re there for our customers.”
WWD: When was the last time you were in L.A.?
Christian Siriano: I came for my book launch last November and for a few quick Oscar fittings in January. We dressed almost 17 people and I barely was here. I don’t know how we did that; it was crazy.
WWD: With Emmy nominations on Thursday, has your phone and e-mail already been blowing up?
C.S.: We already got a couple of e-mails, which I love. Judith Light and I were texting and Leslie Jones

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Christian Siriano Owns ‘Maybe 20 Pairs’ of Glasses, But Always Wears the Same Ones Every Day

When you think of designer Christian Siriano, it’s hard to imagine him without accessorizing with his signature black-rimmed glasses. So when the opportunity to partner with Transitions Optical to design colorful, fashion-forward lenses presented itself, Siriano knew it was a perfect match.

“It’s nice to work on something that feels very like something I wanted or needed,” Siriano told PEOPLE. “Getting dressed everyday should be a fun experience so why should your eyewear be any different? These lenses give wearers freedom of expression and comfortable vision day and night. I’m loving the product.”

The experience working with the brand, known for its smart lenses that adjust to the perfect tint when you step outdoors to protect your eyes, has even inspired Siriano to switch up his eyewear look more than he has ever before.

“I’m actually really bad that I never change my glasses. I wear my glasses and never put sunglasses on, which is a really bad habit,” he told us. “I probably have maybe 20 pairs of glasses and I literally wear the same pair every day. But with these new lenses with different colors I am going to start switching them out more because now I actually have a reason to.”

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He added, “I just got a pair of really cool gold lenses that I like and there’s also a classic silver tone. I’m going to try and switch it up.”

And perfectly timed with his partnership, Siriano unveiled his own Resort 2019 collection, which included ’60s cat eye sunglasses with Transitions lenses popped in.

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“I put these different lenses kind of in my typical sunglasses shape. The frames itself are modern, square and really bright colors. It was inspired by a Barbie Dream House kind of vibe so they’re fun and quirky. So all around think girls will look really cool,” he told us. 

When it comes to Siriano’s personal eyewear aesthetic, the designer described his go-to look as “pretty classic and simple” with a “cool dark frame,” but admitted he wasn’t always fond of his glasses.

“I’ve had them since I was 12 or 13 and of course, when you’re young, you’re like, ‘Oh my god,’” Siriano said. “You just feel like a nerd. But now I can’t imagine not wearing them. It is so funny. It is my look now. I love how they have become such an accessory for people to wear if even if they don’t need them.”


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Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh Break Up After 2 Years of Marriage

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Christian Siriano to Open Multibrand Retail Store

NEW YORK — Christian Siriano is expanding his fashion universe with a new retail venture, “The Curated NYC.”
The shop, which opens April 18, is located at 5 West 54th Street in a 1918 neo-Renaissance style town house that at one-time housed Fabergé’s headquarters as well as Cary Grant’s office. The two-story store will highlight clothing, shoes and handbags from the Christian Siriano collection, in addition to featured designers Universal Standard (women’s clothing, sizes 10 to 28), David Hart men’s wear, Betto Garcia (hats and accessories), Stephanie Kantis (jewelry), and Irene Lummertz (jewelry).
The rest of the seven-floor building, which Siriano’s staff moved into last week, houses the designer’s atelier, offices, custom and bridal departments.
The retail space spans 1,500 square feet on each floor.
“It’s not massive, but it’s a great space; the architecture is unreal. It really feels like a different world for us,” Siriano said. A previous store on Elizabeth Street in New York, which Siriano had for three years, closed a year and a half ago so the company could focus all its energies on one location.
In explaining the concept behind the multibrand store, Siriano said, “I really wanted to create a mini-department store. If you come in to shop for a

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Christian Siriano Dressed 17 Stars at the Oscars: ‘It’s Hard to Say No When You Love These Women So Much’

There may be no busier person in the fashion industry – well, make that the universe – than Christian Siriano. The designer, who got his start 10 years ago on Project Runway, has spent the last few months alone dressing dozens of stars for major red carpets (including 10 at the Golden Globes and 3 at the SAG Awards), putting on a fashion show with a celebrity-studded front row, launching a makeup collection with E.L.F. Cosmetics and keeping up his empire (which includes a Payless shoe line, handbags, eyewear, fragrance and bedding, not to mention custom clothing for Barbie dolls).

And still he somehow managed to find time to create 19 total outfits (two stars got two dresses!) for a host of celebrities on Oscar Sunday, from sweeping ballgowns to statement-making suits. We rounded up almost all the looks in one place and caught up with the designer to hear more about the “wild” process of creating distinct looks for a group of women that included Oscar nominees and winners, activists, Olympians and performers.

And though 19 looks were worn, Siriano says there were still more custom outfits that didn’t make an appearance on the carpet: “We sent out so many gowns this season, it was nuts,” he told PeopleStyle. “We made a few more custom looks that didn’t end up on the carpet so we probably would have had about 22 total if that would have happened. It’s hard to say no when you love these women so much and want to support them.”

Whoopi Goldberg got Siriano’s night off on the right foot, so to speak, when she praised the designer for creating a beautiful teal floral gown for her that prioritized her comfort – right down to her combat boots (“I told her I did not mind,” he explains). He also dressed Best Supporting Actress nominee Laurie Metcalf in blush sequins, Kelly Ripa in a ballgown with a green-and-pink bustled bow, author and activist Janet Mock in a sequin and chiffon tank dress with train and Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn in a sexy sheer tulle number (which had sleeves attached mere moments before she hit the red carpet). (Not pictured but also in Siriano: Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.)

The designer says the longest lead time he had on some of the gowns was about three weeks, while others (including Vonn’s and Mock’s, above, and Janelle Monae’s, below) were created in two days. Some actresses (including Metcalf) had several options to choose from and picked the winner during the final week of fittings. “It has been wild,” he says. “The studio is a war zone with fabric all over the place and custom patterns for so many actresses. Right before the Oscars we just showed our largest collection to date with 72 looks celebrating my 10 year anniversary so I’m not sure how my team survived! But we did it and feel really proud.”

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Siriano also created custom gowns for singer Keala Settle, who performed the nominated song “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. She walked the red carpet in a peach gown embellished with crystal vines and brought the house down in a cornflower blue V-neck number with iridescent sparkle detailing. Settle, who also wore a Siriano design to the Golden Globes, wrote that she felt “honored and blessed” on this Oscars red carpet. (Settle’s performance was a highlight for the designer, he says: “Keala Settle was sick a few days before and did even see her dresses until the Thursday before and she had rehearsals that day. When she hit that stage and sang her butt off in that gown, it was a great moment.”

Siriano’s night didn’t slow down once the Oscars ended. His designs were seen on at least 10 more stars (including Mock, who changed into another of his looks), all as individual as the stars wearing them.

From left, Busy Phillips wore a tank dress with steel blue sparkly skirt; Amy Adams wore a black gown with structured shoulders and a neckline cutout; Janelle Monae picked a lipstick-red peplum suit with crystal epaulets and train; Patricia Clarkson wore a sapphire sequin spaghetti-strap number with flared hemline; Alicia Silverstone selected a high-neck highlighter-pink column.

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Holland Taylor wore a suit of Siriano’s design; Rachel Bloom selected a midnight-blue velvet column dress; Abbie Cornish donned a long-sleeve gown with full floral skirt; Jessica Williams stunned in a black silhouette-hugging strapless gown with large bronze ruffle down the side, and Sarah Silverman wore a dress with peplum and mermaid hem. And you’ll notice that each of the stars, who range in age from 32 (Monae) to 75 (Taylor) has a distinctive style and personality that Siriano works to capture in his red carpet designs.

“It is hard and challenging , but that is actually my favorite part,” he says. “Just working with so many different women and their stylists and they all want to look and feel different. So I try to make them happy but also keep my voice as a designer alive.”

Siriano has long garnered praise for dressing every age, skin tone and body type, working with stars (perhaps most notably Leslie Jones) who have previously felt marginalized in the fashion industry to design gorgeous, just-right-for-them ensembles – and in doing so, he’s gained a huge, vocal (again, notably Leslie Jones) and star-studded fan base. And while Siriano is a huge fan of the recent drive to talk about causes on the red carpet, he’s also adamant that the artistry, hard work and, yes, business sense of the fashion industry continues to be appreciated as well – a fact proven further by his Instagram of the team that made the 17 celebrity dressings possible.

And though Siriano needs a vacation about as badly as you do after reading about his crazy 2018 so far (“Maybe a beach in Mexico?” he suggests hopefully), he says the rewards were worth all the hard work. “Getting sweet notes from so many of the women was a great moment,” he says. “Getting a text that says ‘I feel so great tonight’ is a designer’s dream.”

 


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Christian Siriano Thinks ‘Fashion Designers Should Still Be Celebrated’ on the Red Carpet

Actresses in Hollywood have been making a powerful statement against sexual harassment on the red carpet this awards season in support of the Time’s Up movement. Stars stood together at the Golden Globe Awards by wearing all black and musicians joined in at the Grammy Awards by pinning white roses to their outfits. Supporting from behind the scenes? Stylists and designers who work tirelessly to pull together powerful looks for their clients, like Christian Siriano.

Siriano dressed 11 women at the Golden Globes and three at the Screen Actors Guild Awards so far this season, and he’s proud to align himself with the movement. He also hopes the creative process behind getting “red carpet ready” will continued to be honored.

“I’m glad all these powerful women are coming together and it’s time that their voice is heard,” Siriano told PeopleStyle at the launch of his new E.L.F. Cosmetics collection. “ fashion is still very important. Fashion designers should still be celebrated.”

Siriano pointed out that the red carpet is about “celebrating creativity and art” as a whole.

“It’s not just about showcasing the actors. The designers are being showcased. The hair and makeup teams are being showcased. We’re all in the industry together,” Siriano told us. “Actually, none of us can survive without the other, which I think sometimes people forget.”

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He continued, “Wearing a beautiful dress is a privilege too because without that, there would be no red carpet to go on. It’s a balance about supporting all of each other, so I hope to see that more.”

Siriano called the all-black movement at the Golden Globes “pretty great,” but wasn’t afraid to admit it created quite the challenge for him as a designer dressing 11 different women for the event. “It’s been hard,” he laughed. “It’s been a really rough one.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

“I remember we were doing a velvet gown and somebody asked for a velvet gown. I was like, ‘Oh, I already did a velvet gown, but what if she doesn’t wear it?’ It was crazy and a juggle of everything, but it all worked out. Everybody looked really powerful and amazing,” Siriano said.

To communicate empowerment through each look he designed, Siriano made sure each woman felt like herself when she put on the clothing.

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“Debra was killing it. She was like, ‘No, I don’t want to wear a frilly dress, which everybody thinks I’m going to wear,’” he told us. “She told me, ‘I want to wear a pant and something cool and powerful.’ So that was fun.”


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Christian Siriano Pre-Fall 2018

Christian Siriano’s mom played muse for the season, providing old scrapbook photos of herself in various Seventies fashion for her son to mine. One in particular stood out, where she’s wearing a leather jacket and jeans. It inspired a great capsule of supple leather and denim separates, the latter of which was a first for the designer. In true Siriano fashion, these were more refined and beautiful than your standard five-pocket jeans. A cropped denim moto style with oversize collar was a standout, trimmed with contrast stitching and an elongated belt. Hefty wide-leg leather pants also toed the line between casual and cocktail, easily imagined with a simple tank or formal blouse.
The dive into Seventies photographs led to Bianca and Mick Jagger, as well, an idea of retro glam but modern and chic. Elements of their style were seen in striped suiting, softly tailored blazers with silk ties, and sequined evening numbers. A gown with simple cami bodice and full metallic tulle skirt hand-embellished with painted glitter pieces was a knockout. It’s already received numerous requests for the upcoming awards season. Any of the pristine, elegant black and white gowns could be just as popular. If the range seemed a

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Christian Siriano Spring 2018 Proves Fashion Is for Everyone

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Christian Siriano Bridal Spring 2018

For his second year of bridal, Christian Siriano introduced a curated mix of whimsy and modernity. After a year of figuring out his clients’ needs and interests, he’s discovered they’re quite vast. For the traditionalist, there were plenty of full-skirted gowns that were light in weight yet heavy on romance. “Brides are still coming back to these dresses season after season because they have to be classic, they have to be timeless in their own way,” the designer said during a private walk-through at his showroom. For the modern minimalist, he had sleek jumpsuits along with separates that could be mixed-and-matched to transition from the ceremony to reception.
In addition to a beaded collar piece that added an elegant touch to any gown, interchangeable skirts and skirt overlays provided that playful transitional element. For example, an overlay could be removed to reveal a tulle skirt underneath or a party dress. “They want to have fun,” he continued. “I’ve noticed they get one night and they want to have costume changes. It’s so interesting the requests we get.” It’s also something that will give retailers a point of difference in their offering — after a year exclusive with Kleinfeld, Siriano is opening

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Christian Siriano Bridal Spring 2017

For his first full-fledged bridal collection, retailing exclusively at Kleinfeld, Christian Siriano looked to France, drawing inspiration from its vintage interiors, Art Nouveau tapestries and the work of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. He parlayed his references into a romantic lineup full of classic princess gowns and other, more playful silhouettes — the latter including a cropped-top and skirt set; a sexy, sequined jumpsuit; a ruffled tuxedo and a flirty, feathered minidress. Siriano’s strapless sweetheart gown with a tiered, pleated silk chiffon skirt felt effortlessly feminine, and his pink ombre ballgown — the collection’s showstopping finale look — was bound to fulfill some future bride’s ultimate wedding fantasy.

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Christian Siriano Is Lane Bryant’s Newest Guest Designer: But Will There Be Ball Gowns?

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With the recent runaway success of its I’m No Angel campaign, Lane Bryant has the fashion industry buzzing. And the plus-size retailer is hoping to keep that momentum going through next year, with today’s announcement that Christian Siriano will become its newest guest designer.

The Project Runway alum, known for his curve-hugging red carpet gowns, will launch a capsule collection for the specialty retailer, which will bow in spring 2016. Siriano joins the ranks of Bryant’s former designer collaborators such as Isabel Toledo, Sophie Theallet, and Lela Rose.

christian-siriano-on-red-carpet Stars in Christian Siriano: Juliette Lewis, Christina Hendricks, Heidi Klum.

“Fashion should never be defined by size,” Siriano said in a statement about the collection, which will range in size from 14 to 28. “Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes. I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.”

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