Christian Siriano: ‘All women should be able to look cute in a dress’

Christian Siriano is adamant that women of all shapes and sizes should be able to enjoy fashion.The American designer has become a popular choice amongst celebrities including Christina Hendricks, Kelly Clarkson and Cardi B – who wore one of his dresse…

Christian Siriano is adamant that women of all shapes and sizes should be able to enjoy fashion.

The American designer has become a popular choice amongst celebrities including Christina Hendricks, Kelly Clarkson and Cardi B – who wore one of his dresses to announce her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live in April (18).

Siriano has also been widely praised for his commitment to diversity, but the former Project Runway winner believes it’s crucial that all women are able to shop in his stores.

“The whole point of being a designer is making people feel good,” he explained during a discussion with Fern Mallis at 92Y. “We’re not here to cure cancer; we’re here to make people look cute in a dress. You want to look cute in a dress and you’re a size 26, why not?”

The fashion mogul previously interned at Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen before launching his namesake label in 2008.

However, he admitted that like many other top designers, inclusivity wasn’t at the top of his agenda when he first caught his big break.

“At the beginning of my career, I was doing things that other people would accept more, but as I went on, I was over it,” he recalled. “It was very frustrating to hear a woman say to us, ‘You don’t have my size or you don’t have something that I can wear.'”

The 31-year-old famously provided Leslie Jones with the outfit she wore on the red carpet at the Ghostbusters premiere in 2016, after the complained that several other brands had refused to dress her.

“But whether it’s Leslie or Gwyneth Paltrow, I don’t think about a woman’s size when I dress her. I ask myself, ‘Am I a fan?'” he previously wrote in an essay for Glamour.com.

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Zac Posen would ‘love’ to design men’s clothing

Zac Posen is open to designing menswear collections in the future..The American designer launched his namesake label in 2001 and has dressed some of the world’s most famous women, including Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna. Though his own brand…

Zac Posen is open to designing menswear collections in the future..

The American designer launched his namesake label in 2001 and has dressed some of the world’s most famous women, including Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna. Though his own brand is catered exclusively to women, Posen has recently revealed the results of his partnership with Delta Air Lines, in which he was recruited to redesign the company’s iconic uniforms. And having had the opportunity to dress men and women in line with the collaboration, the fashion star is interested in expanding his client base.

“I’d love to do men’s clothing,” he insisted in an interview with Teen Vogue. “It really has to do with time. I’ve had my company for over 17 years and you have to give things the right time and have the right partners in the process. That’s really key before you jump into something. At the right time, we’ll be there. I make everything I wear every single day, head to toe.”

The 37-year-old added that each suit he wears as a Project Runway judge has been created via Brooks Brothers, the historic clothier he has been creative director of since 2014.

“I feel very lucky and fortunate to have that experience,” he smiled. “I’m really happy with the suits I own. And some of the mens’ Delta uniform, I’ll be incorporating with jeans for a more casual look.”

Though Posen is currently overseeing numerous projects, he always finds time to unwind from his many duties in order to return to his duties with a clear head.

“I go to my kitchen. I cook. I take a fashion detox,” he explained. “I have a cookbook, it’s called Cooking with Zac. That is my calm. I turn on my music, I close my door, and I drape. I’m very old-school in that way but it happens, and it just comes.”

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Christian Siriano joining forces with TJ Maxx

Christian Siriano is partnering with TJ Maxx on a purse-friendly clothing, accessories and homeware collection.The former Project Runway champion, who launched his mega-successful label on the back of the show in 2008, is one of the best-loved designer…

Christian Siriano is partnering with TJ Maxx on a purse-friendly clothing, accessories and homeware collection.

The former Project Runway champion, who launched his mega-successful label on the back of the show in 2008, is one of the best-loved designers working in fashion, thanks to his size inclusive creations.

And now fashion fans with tighter budgets than Siriano’s celebrity clientele can get their hands on his work thanks to his new partnership.

“I love to have a balance. I think it’s very important. I think you can start one place at this fantasy dream world and you can take it in all directions,” the 32-year-old told philly.com. “We just started partnering with TJ Maxx, we are going to be doing clothes, home goods, accessories, rugs, pillows, dresses, tops. I’ve been doing Payless (discount footwear company) for almost 10 years now. Can you believe it? I put my shoes on the runway. I love pairing a $10,000 dress with a $20 shoe. That’s what fashion is. That’s what style is.”

Numerous stars showed off Siriano’s designs at the recent Tony Awards, including Laurie Metcalf, who scooped the Tony for Broadway production Three Tall Women, and stage star Laura Osnes.

Siriano himself was also recently honoured, making the 2018 Time 100 List.

“I mean, it’s crazy to be up there with amazing people like Oprah,” he exclaimed. “I feel really proud, like I’m helping change the industry and what their thoughts are on what’s beautiful in fashion. I hope other people follow. It feels good.”

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Project Runway returning to Bravo in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

Fashion show Project Runway is returning to U.S. network Bravo in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations made against Harvey Weinstein.The Heidi Klum-fronted series, which sees aspiring fashion designers compete to win a cash prize and magazine …

Fashion show Project Runway is returning to U.S. network Bravo in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations made against Harvey Weinstein.

The Heidi Klum-fronted series, which sees aspiring fashion designers compete to win a cash prize and magazine spread, was initially aired on Bravo for its first five seasons, but was later moved to Lifetime by Weinstein for the next 11.

In 2016, bosses at the A&E network, parent company to Lifetime, inked a three-year renewal deal, but after news broke of Weinstein’s alleged behaviour, which includes claims of rape as well as assault and harassment, A&E executives filed documents to terminate the deal with The Weinstein Company (TWC), saying the company was in breach of the contract. TWC has since declared bankruptcy.

On Monday (14May18), Bravo personality Andy Cohen announced Project Runway’s plans for the 17th series.

“Project Runway is coming back where it all started, it’s coming home on Bravo,” he said at NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation in New York.

He also tweeted the news, with the post garnering more than 6,000 likes.

Last month, it was reported that German supermodel Klum is taking officials at TWC to court in a dispute over unpaid funds from her work on the reality show.

According to TheBlast.com, Klum failed to receive a proper accounting balance from TWC officials, and insists that although the amount of funds cannot currently be determined, she had been due to receive a guaranteed pay cheque as producers had already told her they were moving forward with a 17th season of Project Runway in March.

Stars including John Legend, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence are also reportedly owed large sums of money from the now defunct company.

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Christian Siriano spent $50,000 shipping out Oscar dresses

Christian Siriano was left with a $50,000 (£35,500) FedEx bill during Oscar season.The designer launched his career after winning Project Runway in 2008, and has become known for dressing women of all shapes and sizes, famously coming to the rescue of…

Christian Siriano was left with a $50,000 (£35,500) FedEx bill during Oscar season.

The designer launched his career after winning Project Runway in 2008, and has become known for dressing women of all shapes and sizes, famously coming to the rescue of Leslie Jones after she claimed no designers would dress her for her Ghostbusters premiere

His reputation meant that lots of celebrities were keen to wear his designs to the Academy Awards earlier this month (Mar18), and Siriano has now shared exactly how much his popularity has set him back financially.

“It’s so much money to make these custom things and send them around the world. I mean it can be $2,000 (£1,400) to overnight a large box to L.A.,” the 32-year-old explained during an appearance on SiriusXM’s The Michelle Collins Show.

“I want to tell you what my FedEx bill was the month of the Oscars, you really want to know what it is?”

Michelle estimated a total of $58,000 ($41,000), to which Siriano replied: “maybe about $8,000 shy of that.”

The fashion mogul revealed that he delivered “about a hundred pieces” for the actual awards ceremony and the after-parties, which were worn by Hollywood stars including Amy Adams and Whoopi Goldberg.

However, he pointed out that most celebrity stylists “don’t have a budget for shipping,” which is why it was down to him to handle the bill in order to maximise his exposure.

As well as speaking on the radio show, Siriano and his musician husband Brad Walsh also paid a visit to the Bottomless Closet charity in New York, which promotes self-sufficiency among economically disadvantaged women in New York City.

“Today was a great day visiting the amazing women who run @bottomlessclosetnyc!” he wrote in a post on his Instagram page. “They are changing lives for so many. If you are looking for a charity to support this is a great choice!”

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Heidi Klum can’t stand diet food

Fashion superstar Heidi Klum refuses to put anything low fat into her system, revealing she eats “real” food in every meal.The Project Runway star never diets, has no interest in counting the calories and cites rich, fatty butter as one of her favourit…

Fashion superstar Heidi Klum refuses to put anything low fat into her system, revealing she eats “real” food in every meal.

The Project Runway star never diets, has no interest in counting the calories and cites rich, fatty butter as one of her favourite things to consume.

“When I drink milk, I drink whole milk,” she explained to ET Online. “Or if I have a Coca-Cola, I drink real Coca-Cola. I don’t do anything fat-free.”

Supermodel Heidi also cooks “super healthy” meals for herself and her four kids at home on a regular basis.

“We cook every day. I don’t really go to restaurants that much,” she shared. “We have dinner at six o’clock every night. I eat early with my kids and exercise a little bit.”

Heidi brings her appreciation for authentic raw ingredients in meals into everything she does, including how she works.

The 44-year-old beauty recently wrapped the 16th season of her hit TV fashion design competition Project Runway and her matter-of-fact approach to life helped her lift the show off the ground before its 2004 debut.

“I was going to all the different networks, trying to sell the show and they were like, ‘Why would we want to watch designers sew clothes on their sewing machines?'” she recalled. “I had to dress myself out of my own closet. I said to them, ‘We’re doing a show about fashion. I need you guys to get my stylists and I need stuff that is, like, now! I can’t walk around in my Timberlands.'”

“I didn’t have the closet that I have now,” she added. “I had to make do a little bit more. You know, hair and make-up, they would get you ready in the morning and then they’d leave you hanging high and dry. By the end of the day, I was, like, sweaty, stuff was everywhere.”

When it comes to working with bare essentials to get things done, Heidi appreciates how her perspective has led to such monumental success.

“Things have changed, so that’s good,” she smiled. “You gotta hustle sometimes. I mean, sometimes you just have to make it work.”

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Heidi Klum: ‘Why can’t older models front campaigns?’

Heidi Klum has hit back at those who believe she’s too old for the fashion industry.The 44-year-old Project Runway host has enjoyed a successful modelling career, which saw her become the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1999 and start a 13-year…

Heidi Klum has hit back at those who believe she’s too old for the fashion industry.

The 44-year-old Project Runway host has enjoyed a successful modelling career, which saw her become the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1999 and start a 13-year collaboration with the brand.

And though the fashion mogul has no plans to take a step back, many have called for her to give her up her place in the industry as she’s grown older.

“Sometimes people say, ‘You know you’re 44, you’re turning 45, why are you not giving the baton to someone else?'” Heidi shared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “But I always think, you know there’s a lot of women my age, 50, 60, 70, what, do we have an expiration date, can we not also still feel sexy?”

The mother-of-four also commented on the tendency of top labels to select younger models to front their latest advertisements, and believed she is living proof that more experienced women do the job just as well.

“And why do we always have to see 20- or 30-year-olds… in campaigns, but why can’t an older woman be in (one)? I’m still doing it,” she noted, adding that she will only retire when she decides she “doesn’t want to do it anymore.”

The Emmy winner now focuses most of her attention on her business ventures and has recently launched her latest apparel collaboration with German supermarket chain Lidl.

The Los Angeles-inspired line is Heidi’s third time working with the business after achieving considerable commercial success with her first two collections, and her new garments are also the cheapest yet, with many pieces retailing from $5.50 – $20.80 (£3.99- £14.99).

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Christian Siriano celebrates 10 years in fashion with star-studded magazine shoot

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his design…

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.

After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his designs as a breath of fresh air, Siriano was given a cash injection to get his company going.

Over the last decade, he’s built up a reputation for dressing models and actresses of all shapes and sizes, famously coming to the rescue of Leslie Jones after she claimed no designers would dress her for her Ghostbusters premiere, and is thrilled to be able to cater to so many women.

“It’s so hard to predict what will happen because there are everyday challenges that sometimes overshadow the big, beautiful picture, but today it’s really nice to see all the clothes from over the years together in one place and all these beautiful, different types of women modelling them,” Siriano mused to Elle magazine on the set of this 10-year anniversary shoot.

Along with model Coco and actresses Selma and Danielle, plus-size beauty Candice Huffine and Hawaiian transgender rights activist Janet Mock are also among the women to pose in Siriano’s creations.

“When you first start, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, can I even do this? Can we keep it going? Is it going to continue?'” he recalled of the early days of his label.

He’s quick to point out that he’s never felt like “he’s made it” in the business but did admit to feeling proud of his achievements. And while he hopes to have longevity in the industry, he knows he has a long way to go.

“The hardest part is that all of us – all brands that haven’t been in business for 50 years – we’re kind of held at the same calibre as Dior and Gucci but we’re not,” the 32-year-old stated. “We can’t be because we don’t have the budgets, we haven’t been in business for 50 years. We all hang in the same retailer and we’re scrutinised in the same way, which is quite hard because it’s very different.”

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Christian Siriano opens up about ‘dream client’ Kelly Clarkson

Christian Siriano will always jump at the chance to create a dress for Kelly Clarkson.The designer outfitted the singer for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (28Jan18), which came three weeks after he created her black dress for the Golden Globes. Chr…

Christian Siriano will always jump at the chance to create a dress for Kelly Clarkson.

The designer outfitted the singer for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (28Jan18), which came three weeks after he created her black dress for the Golden Globes.

Christian has become one of the most in-demand designers since winning Project Runway in 2008, but he says he’ll never be too busy when it comes to Kelly’s wardrobe needs.

“When Kelly’s stylist, Candice Lambert, sends me a text that says, ‘I need a dress for Kelly,’ the answer is always yes, no matter what we have going on in the studio,” he divulged to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kelly rocked the red carpet at Madison Square Garden in New York in a floor-sweeping black gown, which featured gold brocade detailing and a cape-like finish. She also carried a white rose in support of the Time’s Up movement, to end sexual harassment in the workplace.

The colour theme was directly influenced by the 35-year-old’s latest album, Meaning of Life. And although she missed out to Ed Sheeran for the Best Pop Solo Performance prize, Kelly was a winner in the style stakes.

“After making her Golden Globes gown, we immediately started on Grammy options for her,” Christian shared. “I think what we decided on tonight is cool – rock ‘n’ roll – but also still elegant and chic. Her album theme is black and gold, so we decided to play off of that.

“Kelly is a dream client. She takes my advice, appreciates all of the hard work we put into each dress, and is excited each time to try something new. It’s probably the seventh or eighth gown we have created for Kelly and I can’t wait to do more. I love her music, her spirit and, of course, that incredible voice!”

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