September 07, 2013 New York
To bring relaxed Mexico to his typically formal collection, Siriano incorporated basket-inspired raffia into several looks. A chiffon circle dress was decorated with rose-and-cream French knot raffia; a jacket and miniskirt combo was made of straw in a rainbow of colors. Although formalwear remains the crux of Siriano's brand, these daytime looks proved that he is capable of making all-occasion clothes. While some of the pieces were still a bit overdone—there were a few too many flounces on blouses and day dresses—Siriano's work is certainly improving in the category.
But the major moment was left for the gowns. Siriano went with a garden party theme, offering floaty numbers in celadon and coral, adorned with floral appliqués. They were the most sophisticated he's done. "My customer asked for color, so I gave it to her," he said. Just proves that the customer is indeed always right.