Christian Siriano, 22, was dubbed the “boy wonder” when he won the fourth season of “Project Runway.” Siriano’s first solo fashion week show today gives him the chance to prove he’s more than a reality TV star.WWD: What have you been doing since “Project Runway?”Christian Siriano: It has been a crazy ride. I have had the opportunity to do so many projects and dress some of the most stylish women in Hollywood. I designed a small collection, which was sold on Bluefly.com, and I am working on a couture collection to be shown in the new film “Eloise in Paris,” starring Uma Thurman. I also worked on a small project with Puma. Additionally, I have a book coming out in 2009. I have also done a variety of events and fashion correspondent work, from “The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards” to the “MTV Video Music Awards,” and, coming up in a few weeks, I will be a red-carpet commentator at the 2008 “Primetime Emmy Awards.”WWD: How have you been treated in thedesign community and in the world at largesince winning?C.S.: The fashion community has been so welcoming and supportive. I think it’s hard to come off a reality TV show and be able to break into the industry and be taken seriously as a designer. It was a dream come true to be able to show the collection I designed for “Project Runway” at fashion week and my debut solo spring 2009 collection will be such a step forward. I hope. People have been encouraging and kind. I have been invited to some great events and have had the chance to meet so many amazing people. WWD: How does your first solo fashion week show compare with showing as part of the competition?C.S.: This fashion week I have had a hand in all aspects of my show, from sponsorships to venue choice to invitations. “Project Runway” was all set up for us, which made it only about the clothes, not the other elements that go into having a successful show. “Project Runway” was actually such a breeze compared to doing it myself.
WWD: What was your inspirationthis season?C.S.: Inspiration for this season came from so many places, especially nature. The sky, the shapes of the clouds, the idea of sharp pops of lightning influenced the color. The collection is very organic and then goes into a look that is icy and almost cold, yet still very light at the same time. It is romantic with an edge, which is very me.
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)