Give the retailers what they want during Resort. It's a chorus we've
heard over and over this season, and Christian Siriano took the mantra to
heart going into his first cruise collection. The opulent eveningwear
specialist made a point to include buy-now-wear-now separates, kicking
things off with graphic stripe-blocked daytime looks including tailored
shorts suits, pencil skirts, and strapless cocktail dresses in a variety
of in-your-face hues like magenta, electric violet, and fire-hydrant
yellow. His bold use of variegated bands was reportedly inspired by the
abstract artwork of Nicholas Wilton, who paints large-scale QR barcodes
and other computer-generated matter. With colors like that, it was a
relief when Siriano toned things down and let cut and textured fabrics
do the talking. Highlights included a versatile stretchy knit sheath and a
coated raffia biker jacket.
In the end, though, gowns remained the feature presentation. Devoted fans will go for an intricately beaded, off-the-shoulder number as well as a dramatic trumpet-skirt look that found a way to make the aforementioned stripes feel fresh.