Though Christian Siriano is sometimes faulted for having “a lot of look” (thank you, Tim Gunn), the Project Runway alumni never hits a bad note in my book. This season, the talented designer was inspired by sea creatures – he employed clusters of chiffon ruffles to mimic barnacles and strung oceanic chartreuse hues throughout heavier pieces. It’s easy to see that when Siriano wants to do chartreuse, he does chartreuse.
What was especially interesting about his Spring/Summer 2012 collection was that with the drama (overwhelming organza, unrestrained tulle, drastic eveningwear) came dialed down power pieces (pleated maxiskirts, striped tees, palazzo pants). The perspective wasn’t as streamlined as many editor’s would prefer, but damn, this man can create extraordinary beauty like few others.