Christian Siriano inspired by Birds of Prey for fall 20 collection

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes…

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.

The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Heidi Klum, Leslie Jones, Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, Alicia Silverstone, and Angela Sarafyan.

Regarding his influences, Siriano shared in his show notes that he was fascinated by the attitude of Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn in the recently released DC Comics movie Birds of Prey, as well as the costumes and overall colour palette.

“This season, I let my imagination run wild. I was first inspired by the film Birds of Prey where I took ideas of Harley Quinn running through a dark abandoned carnival fun house,” he explained. “This led to a mythical, gothic and artistic experimental collection. I even found myself looking into the Dadaism art movement of the early 20th century for ideas of sculpture, form, futurism and expression.”

To open the show, Siriano had a model walk the runway in a gunmetal grey jacket, striped black and gold trousers, and a leather choker with silver chain details. Alluding to Harley Quinn’s signature make-up, a black heart motif was drawn under her eye.

A parade of black dresses with silver embellishment followed, with some looks accessorised with dangly earrings and wide-brimmed hats.

At one point, the 34-year-old fashion star introduced pops of fuchsia and lime in the form of metallic dresses and two-piece suits, while he waited for the end of the spectacle to introduce a range of ballgowns with touches of ’80s flair, including a striking dress made from dark orange silk.

At the conclusion, Siriano offered up a line of red carpet-ready ensembles, including a gown made from pink and black tulle, with model Coco Rocha sporting a dramatic metallic gown with architectural shoulders and flared hemline to close.

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Shannon Purser thrilled to star in Christian Siriano fragrance campaign

Shannon Purser is starring in the campaign for Christian Siriano’s new fragrance.The actress, perhaps best known for her roles in TV shows Stranger Things and Riverdale, has been tapped by the fashion designer to front the imagery for his feminine perf…

Shannon Purser is starring in the campaign for Christian Siriano’s new fragrance.

The actress, perhaps best known for her roles in TV shows Stranger Things and Riverdale, has been tapped by the fashion designer to front the imagery for his feminine perfume, Midnight Silhouette.

Snapped by Shane LaVancher in Paris, Shannon poses in a dramatic black ballgown for the photoshoot, and accordingly, she had a blast working on the project.

“Maybe one of the most surreal things that’s ever happened to me. Christian has been an inspiration to me for a while now,” she wrote alongside one of the campaign photos on her Instagram page. “He made the first dress I ever wore on a red carpet and it meant the world, especially considering how rare it is to find a designer willing to dress you when you’re plus size. It’s amazing to work with talented people, but even better to work with *good* talented people who are actively making positive changes in the world. All this to say, thank you so much for this opportunity @csiriano.”

Midnight Silhouette has top notes of bitter orange and pomelo, heart notes of freesia and immortelle, and a base of musk, praline, and vetiver.

And Shannon insisted she is a big fan of the Midnight Silhouette scent.

“I actually wear this fragrance all the time and it smells lovely, so give it a try if you’re looking for a new signature scent,” the 22-year-old added.

Christian posted a string of images from the photoshoot on his Instagram page too, writing in the caption: “Celebrating this beauty and her silhouette for our new fragrance!”

And a number of his celebrity followers were quick to praise the imagery, with Christina Hendricks commenting, “Takes my breath away,” and Lili Reinhart praising, “The Lord has blessed us on this day.”

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Donatella Versace thrilled to outfit major stars for 2020 Grammy Awards

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to sh…

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to share images of the celebrities her team had outfitted for the annual music bash.

Alongside a snap of Lil Nas X in a hot pink suit and matching cowboy hat, she wrote, “Breathtaking @lilnasx … such a look!! Love it!!” while beside a picture of Lizzo rocking an Old Hollywood-inspired strapless white gown, the fashion star praised: “Such a #RedCarpet dream… Perfection! Lizzo!”

Elsewhere, members of the Versace atelier made the black ballgown sported by Camila Cabello for her red carpet entrance, as well as the lilac dress she wore to perform First Man during the show, and the sexy canary yellow number she slipped into later on.

Other designers to make outfits for multiple artists included Christian Siriano, who dreamed up glamorous looks for the likes of Shania Twain, Best New Artist nominee YOLA, Lizzo, and Demi Lovato.

“Demi, it was an honour to create for you tonight and WOW that was unbelievable! Love you!” he captioned a picture of the singer sporting a white ballgown while performing her new song Anyone.

Other standout looks on the night included the white beaded Ralph & Russo dress donned by Priyanka Chopra, the monogrammed Gucci number sported by multiple Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, and the Cinderella-esque Giambattista Valli dress rocked by Ariana Grande as she made her red carpet entrance.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. trolls Sarah Michelle Gellar over her ‘ridiculous’ trousers

Freddie Prinze Jr. has jokingly trolled his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar over her “ridiculous” new trousers.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of herself posing in a black outfit and matching headband in …

Freddie Prinze Jr. has jokingly trolled his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar over her “ridiculous” new trousers.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of herself posing in a black outfit and matching headband in front of a staircase in her home.

“When your husband thinks your pants are slightly ridiculous, what do you do!?!?” she wrote in the caption, “Obviously, you take tonnes of dramatic pictures, and spam him with them (and yes, I’m still wearing my daughter’s headband) more to come @realfreddieprinze.”

Sarah’s post quickly attracted hundreds of comments from fans, with most praising her fashion choices, including designer Christian Siriano, who wrote, “Chiccc,” and actress Zoey Deutch, who simply commented with the fire emoji.

Yet, Freddie didn’t back down with his disapproval of the loose-fitting elasticated black trousers.

“No babe, trash bag sweat pants are obviously not ridiculous (facepalm emoji),” the 43-year-old humorously replied.

But it seems Sarah is not yet ready to give up on the ensemble as she also shared several more snaps of herself wearing the outfit at home on her Instagram Stories.

“Do I wear them again?” she asked her 2.9 followers in a poll. “Do you think they will grow on @realfreddieprinze if I just keep wearing them?!?”

And it seems the majority of Sarah’s fans think she shouldn’t give up on the controversial trousers, with 80 per cent voting for her to give the look another whirl.

Sarah, 42, and Freddie have been married since 2002, having met on the set of 1997 teen horror I Know What You Did Last Summer. They share two children; 10-year-old daughter Charlotte and son Rocky, seven.

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Billy Porter and Cardi B dominate Google’s 2019 red carpet searches

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot. In recent years, the actor has built up a rep…

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.

Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot.

In recent years, the actor has built up a reputation for his extravagant ensembles, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards in February and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the Met Gala in May.

Cardi landed in second place, with the Bodak Yellow rapper having made some serious sartorial choices in the past 12 months, such as the vintage Mugler ensemble she donned for the Grammy Awards and the oxblood red gown by Thom Browne that she chose for the Met Gala.

Boundary-pushing fashionista Lady Gaga took the third sport, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the interest she garnered online when she sported four different Brandon Maxwell outfits to the Met Gala, as well as a stunning strapless black Alexander McQueen ballgown to the Oscars, where she was nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born.

Interestingly, Gaga was followed on the list by “Amy Schumer husband”. The comedy star’s husband Chris Fischer attended several red carpet events with her this year, while Jenny McCarthy took fifth place and K-pop sensation BTS ranked sixth. Caitlyn Jenner, Richard Madden, Brie Larson, and “Brienne of Tarth” – also known as Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie – rounded out the top 10.

Among the Fashion Style searches for 2019 were topics such as “camp style”, “Egirl style”, “Eboy style”, and “Steampunk style”, while biker shorts, white jeans, and leather trousers were also top search terms.

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Billy Porter: ‘My red carpet style is unpredictable’

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awar…

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.

The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year, and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the 2019 Met Gala in May.

While Porter’s eye-catching and dramatic outfit choices for events are met with high praise, the 50-year-old has now revealed he doesn’t have one particular aesthetic.

“I’ve never really thought about defining it. I would say it’s undefinable,” he told WWD. “I don’t even know what it is sometimes. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and I am trying to be as true and as honest to what I feel I want to do at any given time, so unpredictable.”

Porter, who made history in September when he became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series, went on to explain how he and his team start to create his looks by defining what the event is about.

“I’m a very story-oriented person coming from being an actor, so I always try to have a narrative for myself so that there is always a reason and there’s always a point. I want to be a walking piece of art – political art – whenever I can, any time I show up,” Porter shared.

Despite his opulent outfits now becoming infamous, the actor refuses to view himself as a fashion icon.

“I’m going to let other people call me a fashion icon at least for the next couple of years and then I’ll do it myself,” he quipped.

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Jonathan Van Ness becomes first non-female cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K.

Jonathan Van Ness has become the first non-female cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine in 35 years.The Queer Eye grooming expert features on the cover of the magazine’s January issue, wearing a peachy-orange ruffled Christian Siriano dress with a p…

Jonathan Van Ness has become the first non-female cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine in 35 years.

The Queer Eye grooming expert features on the cover of the magazine’s January issue, wearing a peachy-orange ruffled Christian Siriano dress with a pair of black and white Nike sneakers.

“My body is ready,” Van Ness wrote alongside the cover shot on Instagram. “1st non Female cover star of @cosmopolitanuk in 35 YEARS.”

In the comments, Siriano gushed, “Divine in every single way,” with multiple heart emojis. Model Lily Aldridge also commented, “Majornesssssss,” Game of Thrones star Lena Headey posted, “Be still my heart,” and actress Sophia Bush wrote, “AHHHHHHH! Congrats!”

Meanwhile, the official Instagram account of Cosmopolitan U.K. also posted Van Ness’ January issue cover image, and wrote in the caption, “Yep, we did it. @JVN is our January cover star. You’re totally welcome.”

The 32-year-old, who came out as non-binary earlier this year, discussed the reaction he received after recently revealing he has been living with HIV for the last seven years in the cover interview.

“This is only the beginning. I’m quickly realising that there is still so much misunderstanding, so much sensationalising of living with HIV. The stigma and the difficulty around the process of getting treatment is creating that. My work has only really just begun,” he shared.

Van Ness also opened up about his attitude to self-care and revealed he forces himself to say no to things in an effort to stop himself from burning out.

“I was a full-time hairdresser and small-business owner, like, 19 months ago. But I hate saying no. I love my friends. I get FOMO (fear of missing out). But I have to prioritise self-care. Because if I don’t then my candle will burn out,” he added.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Christian Siriano serves up fringe and metallics for spring 2020

Christian Siriano has played with fringe and metallic fabrics for his spring/summer 2020 collection.The American designer unveiled a line as part of Paris Fashion Week for the first time on Wednesday, with the spectacle at the Place Vendome drawing in …

Christian Siriano has played with fringe and metallic fabrics for his spring/summer 2020 collection.

The American designer unveiled a line as part of Paris Fashion Week for the first time on Wednesday, with the spectacle at the Place Vendome drawing in celebrities such as Karlie Kloss, Alicia Silverstone, Larsen Thompson, and Shannon Purser.

“A little finale in Paris, what a dream! Thank you everyone,” Siriano wrote alongside a video of models parading the runway on his Instagram page, adding: “Can’t believe we just showed our collection in Paris! Thank you everyone for all the hard work!”

Coco Rocha opened the presentation in a mint green metallic ensemble with draped sleeves, with the outfit followed by a number of looks in a light green, black, and white colour scheme.

Siriano, a vocal advocate of inclusivity in the fashion industry, cast a diverse range of models in the show, including Marquita Pring, who rocked a black jumpsuit, 71-year-old Maye Musk, who dazzled in a gold suit with eye motif print and oversized belt, as well as Precious Lee, who turned heads in a shiny purple crop top and a rainbow striped skirt.

Partway through the presentation, Siriano dropped in a line-up of black evening outfits complete with glittery fringing.

Other key outfits included iridescent raincoats, pink glitter suits, evening gowns in hot pink and marigold taffeta, and a series of dramatic ballgowns, such as the black tulle dress with huge skirt which was worn by Daniela Aciu.

Accordingly, Siriano’s celebrity friends were quick to praise the range, with Kloss writing on Instagram, “Proud of you and your Paris debut,” and actress Christina Hendricks adding: “I’m so jealous!!!!!!! I love you guys.”

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Christian Siriano teams up with J. Jill for inclusive collection

Christian Siriano is teaming with designers at womenswear retailer J. Jill on a series of exclusive capsule collections.The popular designer was headhunted by J. Jill president and chief executive officer Linda Heasley, who was desperate to work with t…

Christian Siriano is teaming with designers at womenswear retailer J. Jill on a series of exclusive capsule collections.

The popular designer was headhunted by J. Jill president and chief executive officer Linda Heasley, who was desperate to work with the advocate of body positivity – and age inclusivity – in the fashion industry.

In the collaboration, J. Jill will increase the variety of sizes available for the first time, and models Candice Huffine, Maye Musk, and Marquita Pring will be ambassadors for the collection.

“J. Jill is a brand that designs for all women and that’s been a part of my ethos as a designer since the very beginning,” Siriano told WWD. “Fashion is something we all should have a piece of. It’s celebrating people and this idea of beauty. And what’s beautiful? For me, it’s all different types of women – shapes, sizes and ages.”

The first capsule collection drops on 12 September and will be available in sizes XS to 4XL as well as petite and tall sizes.

Siriano’s fall collection for J. Jill features classic white shirts, waisted dresses with flared sleeves, a teal tie-waist puffer jacket, and a faux suede skirt. While his holiday line – which will drop in November – will focus on occasion dresses and blouses.

“I’m definitely pushing some colours and shapes and silhouettes that the J. Jill customer hasn’t had before,” the 33-year-old explained. “A lot of it celebrates the silhouette a little more, pushes the idea of celebrating the body while making sure it’s flattering.”

A third capsule collection is set for spring next year.

Siriano has also designed a T-shirt to raise money for the J. Jill Compassion Fund, which donates to community-based organisations across the U.S.

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