I know most of you don’t know me that well, but let me clue you in on a pretty big personality trait of mine: when I like someone, and I mean really like someone, I’m that fangirl that everyone makes fun of. I was an ardent Jonas Brothers fan for the majority of my teenage years, so that should give you an idea of what I mean. So, when I had the opportunity to talk to my all-time favorite designer, Christian Siriano, it was all I could do to keep things professional. What can I say? The man’s a bit of a design genius (did you see the wedding dress he designed for Nicolette Mason?).
Ever since his Project Runway win almost 10 years ago, Siriano has practically catapulted to superstardom, leaving the sometimes fatal shadow of the series behind and presenting show-stopping collections at Fashion Week after Fashion Week. He’s since captured the attention and admiration of countless fashion experts and celebrities, including Uzo Aduba, Sarah Hyland, Christina Hendricks, and Solange Knowles, on major red carpets. Most recently, he’s launched a brand new handbag collection that’s the stuff of all of your spring accessory fantasies. We talked about the new line, his spring fashion do’s and don’ts, and his involvement in Verizon’s new #WhyNotWednesday campaign, and let’s just say I’m more of a fangirl than ever.
The Gloss: First of all, congratulations on the launch of your new handbag collection! Is there anything in particular about the new line that you’re most excited about?
Christian Siriano: I think I’m most excited that all the bags are non-leather, and we have some options under $100. I’m also excited that you’ll see elephant charms dangling from my bags. Proceeds earned for every bag and charm sold is being donated to organizations working to end poaching.
TG: Are you a “new season, new bag” kind of guy, or do you think there are shapes or styles that could work year-round?
CS: While I always love something that’s new and exciting, there are classic shapes and styles that are staples. I like a good tote that has texture. Those are my favorite bags and go-to’s.
TG: In that vein, what are some of your must-haves for Spring?
CS: For spring, I’m really into the open weave white lattice dresses. I like things that feel transparent but are still beautiful and elegant. I’m also into a citrus orange color. I like it in everything from accessories to bags to shoes. I love a bright bold color.
I’m also really loving old romanticism styles, so romantic silhouettes. I like styles that aren’t edgy or hard but feel very light and pretty.
TG: Are there are any major trends out there right now that you absolutely love? Any that you hate?
CS: No, not necessarily. I don’t pick trends to like or not. Overall, I think underdressing can be underwhelming. I think being a little more dressed up is a successful way to go.
TG: What are your biggest do’s and don’ts for dressing for the transitional winter-to-spring weather?
CS: I think the classic way to go is to be all about layering. Find staple pieces that you can put on top of each other. A leather jacket is a perfect example.
TG: Tell me a little bit about your involvement with Verizon’s #WhyNotWednesday campaign. What are you most excited for your fans to see?
CS: I’m excited to help Verizon give customers cool experiences as part of the #WhyNotWednesday campaign. For this week’s #WhyNotWednesday, fans will have the chance to get red carpet ready by getting an inside look at my studio.
I think I’m most excited for fans to see my take on red carpet dressing. I love that we’re able to give cool tours of the studio, so fans can see where magic happens. This is something I haven’t really done before, so it feels really special and unique. People will get to see into my world a bit.
TG: I know you may want to keep things a surprise, but I have to ask: can you give us a little hint as to what we can expect to see from you on the Oscars red carpet this Sunday?
CS: I never know until they literally step out onto the carpet. Things can change so last minute. I have no hints as of yet.
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