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Designing a black orchid

On 10 February 2011, US designer Christian Siriano presented his new FW2011/12 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York.

Christian Siriano is a phenomenon of today's 'reality' media age. The designer's career started with the reality TV show 'Project Runway' - a format which is in the meanwhile like 'Dancing Stars', 'Next Top Model' or 'Next Super Star' common entertainment in the Western world and big business for media companies. It is very rare that someone who is a winner at one of these shows become successful in 'real life'. Normally, the names are forgotten after one season. Christian Siriano seems to be an exception. The designs of 2007's 'Project Runway' winner can be described as US couture which stands for a practical approach to luxurious French tailoring.

Additionally, the designer has the talent to produce with some of his pieces a mystical, thrilling aura around the wearer.

Christian Siriano designs for celebrities like Heidi Klum, Lady Gaga, or Whoopi Goldberg who wore a Siriano-dress at the 2008 Tony Awards. For Oprah Winfrey his designs are "works of art."

fig. original: The black satin leaves alike opening long skirt combined with a black turtle neck knit-top with long sleeves by Christian Siriano, FW2011/12; presented on 10 Feb 2011 on the catwalk at Lincoln Center during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz; (C) 2011 Getty Images. (To watch the runway video go to

The video interview with US designer Christian Siriano about the inspirations for his FW2011/12 women's wear collection was held by (website that provides news from New York City) in his NY studio. Poison Ivy asks: "Where did you find black orchids in Manhattan?"

Source: Original article with image and video on


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