To see the full Christian Siriano Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection, click here.
Before launching his eponymous label in 2008, Christian Siriano got his start working in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Fitting, then, that the 32-year-old designer, known for his celebrity-favorited red-carpet confections, looked to the 18th century British art that hangs in the Queen’s Gallery in London when designing his Fall 2018 collection, which he presented on Saturday at the extravagant Grand Lodge in Manhattan.
“I wanted to throw it back and do this British-royal-palace vibe,” he said backstage after the show. “I wanted opulence. I wanted glamour. I wanted it to be special and beautiful and amazing.” Siriano, who’s celebrating 10 years, accomplished all of that during his Fall outing.
He employed the same much-needed progressiveness seen in his Spring 2018 runway show back in September, sending a cast diverse in size, gender, and race down his catwalk. Ashley Graham, clad in a plush red wrap coat and thigh-high see-through Payless boots (part of an ongoing collaboration with the brand), opened, while Candice Huffine, Georgia Pratt, Precious Lee, and Jocelyn Corona followed. Orange Is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks walked too, sashaying down the runway in an ethereal turquoise gown. She nearly tripped at one point, but handled it with an unbothered grace.
Siriano has a close relationship with celebrities, so naturally they made up the bulk of his front row. Cardi B, sporting a lime green suit from his Spring collection, shook her head in awe at some of the looks, whispering every so often to her stylist, Kollin Carter. Brooks’ OITNB costar Laverne Cox was practically jumping out of her seat with excitement, while Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, and Molly Shannon elicited audible gasps. Selma Blair walked, too—Siriano said he’d been inspired by her bravery in the #MeToo movement. (Blair, along with Rachel McAdams, accused director James Toback of sexual assault and harassment in October.)