Christian Siriano

Video by Dana Capicotto In the iconic Tim Gunn intonation, Christian Siriano made it work this New York Fashion Week. Siriano caught our hearts using the innovative, cutting-edge designs we've come to expect after his bold season of Project Runway. But this sentiment doesn't quite give the designer credit where it is most certainly due. At this point in his career, Siriano is no longer simply the most popular Project Runway winner, but has established a brand and appeal of a much wider scope. His Fall/Winter 2014 debut at Eyebeam Studios evoked the kind of chill, heart-dropping-to-your-stomach excitement one expects at shows during Fashion Week.

Siriano blended vintage elegance with modern silhouettes for a romantic, Parisian escape through time. He spoke with Hey, Hey! on his inspiration. "Lisa Fonssagrives was the wife and muse of [photographers] Irving Penn and Fernand Fonssagrives," Siriano explained. "It was a photo of her that Fernand took that really played with light and shadow and captured her personal style in the late '50s, early '60s Paris, and it really jumped off from that feeling."

Anthony Cole of Sebastian Professional caught on to Siriano's glamorous muse for the hair concept. To create his clean, lady-like chignon, Cole started by applying Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte from the roots to the ends for texture and volume. He then parted the models' hair down the middle, wrapping around the ear and holding the hair tight at the nape of the neck. Cinching the pony with a rubber band and two bobby pins, Cole stretched the band down, cinched again, and back-combed the hair over for a messy, heart-shaped up-do. He achieved the look using Sebastian Shaper, soon to be released in a limited-edition container designed by Siriano himself and inspired by the Russian Opera.

Polly Osmond for M.A.C Cosmetics used the make up to add a sexy edge to the collection. For a deconstructed, lived-in version of the '60s cat eye, Osmond used Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner and Smolder Eye Kohl Liner on the inner corners of the eye, and topped it all off with multiple layers of mascara. The rest of the face was kept simple with a contoured cheekbone and nude lip. To get this look at home? "If you put the eyeliner on on Monday and leave it on until Sunday, then it will be fabulous," Osmond recommended.

Siriano stunned with an entirely fresh collection. With head-to-toe mohair, iridescent gowns in blues, purples, and grays, and a little number we like to call the "pant skirt," Siriano's collection felt more like an exhibition of multiple, mini-collections that buyers will be eager to hang on their racks. The pieces, versatile enough for any occasion, show us that there is a classic, chic Parisian socialite in all of us, oui?
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