The Sheer Trend Just Won’t Go Away!
Models went splat (again) and the clothing! The jackets! The Dresses! Christian Siriano is glam, baby, glam!
Christian Siriano (don’t mention Project Runway near him, he gets upset — or so I was told), is another designer who was inspired by nature for his fall collection. He gave a very adult fashion show. Adult, because the clothing — black shot with metallic threads, gray, deep green, dusky rose and muted prints — created a really somber feel.
Sitting front row were actresses Gabrielle Union (wearing Christian), a very blond Mena Suvari (cool hairstyle), Alexa Chung and Sofia Black-D’Elia (Skins). Gabrielle had a huge smile on her face during the show while Mena kept texting away.
Oh, the clothing! Coats and jackets had wide collars. And for those of you who don’t think slim pants are a friend, Siriano also sent out palazzo pants in addition to the ubiquitous and scary slim pant. Most of the hemlines were around the knee — breathe, breathe, the stairmaster can be ignored for awhile.
Sheer fabrics — sheer skirts, sheer inserts in blouses — once again played peek-a-boo. This trend’s still on the runway and while people are attempting it in real life, it’s not easy to carry off and not really forgiving either. One wrong move and it’s either, “Hello bra!” or “Look, I’ve just developed an unsightly bulge.” One sheer look that could work in real life was a double-breasted wide collared tuxedo jacket paired with a long sheer skirt. Want to try this at home? Pair it with knee- or thigh-high boots.
Models wore Siriano head to toe. Everyone got to see his six new shoes and booties and bags. The Harness bootie has an equestrian feel with a blunt hoofed-toe shape and metallic details. The Orchid pump has a hidden platform and black petal accents. The High vamp pump comes two ways- gunmetal python with distressed black leather or leather and satin. The Cobra bootie is an ankle bootie with straps and nail heads. The U-bootie is an ankle boot that shows off your ankles. The Tall Shaft Armor boot is a Mary Jane that has a removable shaft, so you get two looks for the price of one. You’ll have to wait until September to get your very own pair.
The shoes are gorg, but runway shoes are waaay higher than street shoes (thank god). Combine that with long skirts, a possibly damp runway (they try to paint between shows) and disasters can happen. One model went down and with one giant breath, everyone said “Oh!” Another model, wearing a gorgeous pink ballgown skirt that looked like a field of roses, tripped. The third snafu was on the final walk. As a model was walking down the catwalk, she wobbled, grabbed her shoe and did the rest of the walk with only one shoe!
Siriano’s jackets and coats are really well tailored and lust-worthy. There were floral and leaf appliqués on dresses, tops and skirts. It was dark, deep and romantic. The only thing missing was a hot guy dragging you off into a corner.
Tell us: have you attempted the sheer trend, or are you ignoring it?
PJ Gach is the Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.