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Christian Siriano doesn’t know where to begin when describing his spring/summer 2023 collection, which the 36-year-old designer debuted on September 7 kicking off New York Fashion Week.
“So many things are inspiring me right now,” Siriano tells PopSugar “Young artists who have amazing abstract paintings, like Meghan Morrison, Ewa Matija and GG Collins. I’m currently inspired by furniture from the 1950s and 1960s.”
Siriano’s spring/summer ’23 collection isn’t just about what’s next for the warmer weather months of the new year, but “being inspired by the moment,” he explains. “I wanted to make something that our customer would be excited about right away, as well as stand the test of time. I love the idea of bringing beauty back into our lives through a collection of elements like strongly tailored suits, dresses. Feminine evening gowns in flattering shapes and silhouettes.”
For historical reference, she studied some of the most stylish women of the 20th century, including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, Bianca Jagger, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor. The latter was more than a muse for Siriano—Taylor’s former New York City townhouse served as the backdrop for the Sept. 7 event, where editors, celebrities and other industry tastemakers gathered to watch the collection’s runway debut.
“We all have a little bit of that old Hollywood glamour,” Siriano says. “So my hope is that the collection will transport you to a different time and help you channel your inner style icon.”
The designer has become a red carpet favorite over the years, dressing everyone from Lizzo to Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama. A major fashion moment that was particularly notable for Siriano? When Billy Porter walked the Oscars red carpet in 2019.
“Billy Porter at the Oscars in the tuxedo gown is so iconic and will always be the first one that pops into my mind,” he recalls. “Not only was it the first man to wear a gown on the red carpet, it contributed significantly to the culture of how to dress, especially for gender-bending fashion.”
In addition to his latest collection, Siriano is celebrating something else this season: a new collaboration with the Four Seasons. For NYFW, Siriano partnered with Four Seasons New York Downtown on its Letters of Love experience, designing six exclusive sketches printed on postcards.
Fashionistas and hotel guests alike can visit the pop-up event September 9-14 and write a postcard to a loved one. Calligrapher Vivian Rodriguez will handwrite recipient addresses and handle the postage and mailing of the Four Seasons postcards. Visitors can also enjoy complimentary gelato to cool off between shows.
“I really love partnering with the Four Seasons on this project,” Siriano said. “These notecards are really cute and chic, and can be used in so many different ways. Designing and creating is in my DNA and it’s always exciting when I’m asked to create something other than clothing.”
Siriano especially loves the versatility of postcards, whether they’re sent as sweet mementos to loved ones or as a place to jot down a few lines of inspiration. “It’s an added bonus that they’re exclusive to the hotel and you can’t buy them anywhere,” he says “The whole idea is that everyone has a beautiful, romantic sketch to fall in love with.”
In one postcard, for example, a sharp, tailored pantsuit is paired with a retro hat box, while another showcases a one-shoulder column gown with a dramatic bow detail.
“I wanted to be like that Sex and the City, where each corresponds to a character; Everyone can relate to a sketch, whether it’s a pink appliqué gown or a pin-striped suit girl,” says Siriano. “It makes it more personal to send to someone. It feels really special to have someone sit down and think about how they feel and what to say to you.”