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Christian Siriano Spring 2014 Collection

Spring 2014 for Christian Siriano is full of vibrant color, hypnotizing graphics, bold floral and looks that are full of movement. While I always love his breathtakingly dramatic evening gowns, what really stood out with his Spring 2014 Collection was Siriano’s chic and wearable separates.

Inspired by his recent trip to the “Island of Women” off the coat of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Siriano truly brought the feel of this picturesque island to New York. From the tiki huts backdrop, to the very “tropical” island temperature of the venue, we truly felt like we were on Isla Mujeres (though the temperature may just have been an accidental coincidence). Accident or not, it was quite fitting to Siriano’s inspiration.

The collection featured the dahlia as a bold floral print, elegant organzas, raffia textiles, eye-catching metallics, ostrich feathers, and crisp linen, all which Siriano made look and feel light and airy. Want to see more of the collection? Check out the models walk the finale in the video below:

Christian Siriano Fall 2013 Collection

Not even the mighty snowstorm Nemo could keep fashionistas from attending the Christian Siriano Fall 2013 Collection show during New York Fashion Week. One day after the storm blanketed the city in white, a long line of freezing yet anxious fashion lovers stood out in the cold awaiting entrance into Siriano’s always anticipated collection – yours truly included. It’s amazing to think that we were introduced to this very talented designer merely five years ago. We, his fans, all saw the talent which is why we will continually wait out in the cold get an early peek at his collection.

Inspired by “the golden age of the Russian Opera”, Siriano’s collection was filled with sophisticated shapes, gilded and embossed fabrications and deep jewel-toned colors. With this collection, Siriano shows what a modern woman with a bit of edge might wear to an evening out at this opulent event. Here’s something really notable about Siriano’s collection – he used a combination of faux fur, faux lambswool, faux shearling and real wool and leather. Of course this didn’t make the collection look any less luxe.

I’ve gotten used to Siriano ending his show with a exhilaratingly, jaw-dropping piece and this season was no different as he wowed with a stunning Gold Beaded Mesh Illusion Gown

Check out Christian Siriano’s Fall 2013 Collection show finale in the #HTCOne filmed video below (Siriano makes his appearance at the 1:07 minute mark)

Christian Siriano Fall 2012 Collection

Christian Siriano continues to showcase his collection’s maturity with his Fall 2012 looks. This collection is the most saleable I’ve seen from Siriano but I admit, I do miss his flair. Inspired by bats – “their creepy, dark and dramatic presence, their intricate details of their veins and the bone structure of their wings and the 30’s film, The Vampire Bat.” I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was excited and hoped for at least one devastatingly jaw-dropping, gorgeous gown that practically took up the entire runway but alas it was meant to be.

Of course this doesn’t mean that his collection was anything but beautiful, it was quite beautiful and as I stated, included looks that were very retail friendly. This collection featured much more separates than before. Each swank look featured modern silhouettes, clean lines and high level of sophistication that is sure to please fans of the designer. Wise strategy for a growing designer who is still trying to show the few left over naysayers that he is more than just a reality star. Though I am very much enjoying the color we’ve been seeing for fall 2012, I did love the color palette of Siriano’s sullen princess which included whites, greys and black with a shot of blood burgundy. A colorful palette would not have rung true to his inspiration.

Affordable Chic Accessories From Payless Shoes

The Fall season always brings a variety of fun aspects – cozy sweaters, deeper multi-tonal hues, great new shoe and handbag accessories, etc. Of course every fashionista would love to own every hot item this season and although most of us are challenged by the economy, there still are places that allow you to look chic and on trend at affordable prices. This season, Payless Shoes offers some great options from their designer and non-designer collections

Lela Rose

Classic, sophisticated and feminine chic are synonymous with the name Lela Rose. So the above styles are no surprise. You can’t go wrong with Lela Rose for a darling accessory. I love the black and white geometric pattern with the red accent of the above shoes and the delicate bows featured on the above accessories.


Fioni Night

Lace is always and will always be sexy and feminine. It is also a huge trend right now especially in shoes and accessories. The above Colette Lace Clutch and Luxe Lace Peep-toe Slingback are perfect accents for a classic shift. They both also highlight an edgy look. Staying on the Lace trend for a bit, I must highlight a favorite accessory of mine, headbands – and Brash has some adorable headbands like these below which will be added to my collection.

Can you believe the whole set is only $9.99?

Christian Siriano

My favorite collaboration so far but I always thought he watered down the runway shoes designs too much for his Payless collection but with the addition of the new Christian Siriano Gold for Payless Collection, Christian and Payless have obviously listened to his fans.

This collection features limited edition styles with more of Christian Siriano’s straight off the runway footwear designs. Its a slightly higher price point but these high fashion styles still won’t break your bank account.

Brash

I’m a fan of bigger handbags and this faux leather and fabric two-toned Brash Liv Crossbody is a great size. It also is right on trend with the color-block mixed fabrication trend happening right now. Brash also offers some great jewel colored faux suede platform pumps – this season must have shoe for sexy, long looking legs. I especially love the cobalt blue

But if you like to be more on the wild side of trends, then animal print or red hot wedges are for you ( of course these are available in the same jewel tones as above)

So run don’t walk to Payless because as we speak, BOGO (Buy One Get One 1/2 off) has began. What better way to treat yourself than to get two (or more) pairs of shoes at an even better price. Happy Shopping!!

Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

  Images by IMAX TREE           

In Christian Siriano’s runway show for the SS2012 season, he unleashed a powerful dose of color. Chartreuse and Coral was in abundance in this collection of flowing and full pieces.

Looks ran the gamut of dramatic ball gowns to simple short sets. Sleek silhouettes and those adorned by feathery, fringe-like textures. Any ocassion is sure to be covered here, and you can bet that each piece is an attention getter.

For the moments when hi-def color isn’t needed, Siriano added touches of beigy Oyster to ground the fantasy, lest you forget what reality is.

Hair by Antoinette Beenders for Aveda
Shoes and Handbags by Payless
Make-up by Polly Osmond
Styling by Danielle Nachmani

Amazon.com Launches MYHABIT.com

Amazon.com asks “What’s your Habit?”as they launched MYHABIT.com, a new fashion destination featuring private sales of fashion items direct from designers and boutique brands.

The membership-only website, similar to sites like Gilt.com, HauteLook, Beyond the Rack, Rue La La etc. will offer daily sales that last 72 hours with up to 60% off various selections of styles but unlike Gilt at al, MYHABIT.com will not only feature high-quality photos but videos as well of the clothing on live models. Another advantage of MYHABIT is the solid experience and reputation of Amazon.com including fast, free shipping, free and easy returns on returnable items and Amazon’s world-class customer service.

A launch event was held in partnership with the CFDA Fashion Incubator on the beautifully decorated Skylight West rooftop, which brought in the likes of celebs like Vanessa Hudgens and Christian Siriano even in the inclement weather

Guests rocked to DJ Alexandra Richards

and later a special musical group Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice)

I had to leave not too long after the performance for another event but got some great photos. Check them out below

Payless Shoes Designer Summer 2011 Collections

Payless has become a formidable competitor in the footwear market with all their designer collaborations. For instance, they have introduced another new designer to their ever growing collaboration collection series. Colombian designer, Silvia Tcherassi joins Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Isabel Toledo, et al. A collaboration which will surely drive even more recessionistas flocking to the retailer’s over 1500 doors. This summer will definitely be a hot one as the following styles hit shelves in two weeks. First are the offerings from designer, Silvia Tcherassi, who design aestethic is bold, bold, bold and I love it.

I’ve already showed a peak into Isabel Toledo’s Spring/summer collection with the gorgeous Striped T-Strap Vespadrille, which I featured in my “MUST-HAVE SUMMER WEDGES” post. It addition to that gorgeous wedge, Isabel Toledo for Payless offers a matching Riviera Overnight Luxe Tote

This soft fabric tote has two sides – a woven design on one side and a nautical stripe (which matches the wedges) on the other (it also comes in black). What else does payless have in store for you this summer? How about some gorgeous shoes from Christian Siriano for Payless in an eyecatching turquoise and chocolate print with perfectly placed gold embellishments

One designer collection I’m especially excited about is Lela Rose for Payless. Her looks are feminine, soft, romantic – delicate and sweet.

I especially love the following bag from Lela Rose from Payless which basically gives you two bags in one. Believe it or not, the photos below are of the same bag. How ingenious of Payless to give you two options in one (this is seen in the Isabel Toledo for Payless collection as previously mentioned)

 

Christian Siriano Fall 2011 Collection

Christian Siriano kept his audience enraptured at his Fall 2011 Mercedes Benz Fashion Show. While he started off his collection with a more dark and basic beginning – showcasing Tweed Blazers and double-breasted jackets, mixes of wool crepe and leather and cashmere – he ended the show with his usual daring style.

While I do admire Christian’s more grown up and serious side, I must admit, I’m in love with his more daring over-the-top gowns. I love his boldness, his obvious haute couture tastes and knowledge (he may not do it for a few years but I’m ready for Christian Siriano’s Haute Couture collection now – a couture only collection from Siriano is as inevitable as water flowing downwards).

Its amazing to think that such big bold designs come from that tiny body but this just solidifies his love of fashion. A few of my favorites are the billowing gowns, especially the black draped Tulle one Shoulder Gown with two full Tiered Skirts

I would give detail on his footwear collection for Payless (which it self were a religious experience) but unfortunately I was not close enough to get accurate photos to do them justice but as you can see in some of the photos, they are a must have – I know I will be adding a few to my collection. Meanwhile, please indulge in the finale video below.

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