Christian Siriano Talks DC Fashion
Christian Siriano showed his Spring 2012 Collection at the Pink Rocks! Runway Fashion show. On the subject of the DC fashion scene, which is considered by many designers to be drab, Siriano said “It’s not so bad, I think it just gets a bad stigma because of the political culture.” He calls the city’s reliance on suits and sensible shoes “understandable” and praises the Washington woman’s taste in brands. “When you have to be so professional,” he says, “you’re not going to be in a one-shoulder fuchsia gown.” Like countless others in the district, the Project Runway winner wants the capital to develop into more of a fashion destination. At the annual charity event he said of the city, “It’s quite inspiring, It’s our Paris.” What’s missing, he thinks, are the artistic enclaves that he saw in Baltimore while attending design school there.
“I have yet to see a really great vintage shop here,” he says. “These women must be stashing their Chanel somewhere.” For D.C. to grow its fashion culture, Siriano advocates more support for the arts.
“When you support the arts, you attract artistic people,” he says. “The kind of people who will attend runway shows.”