Backstage, before Christian Siriano was set to debut his Fall/Winter 2020 collection at New York Fashion Week, the Bravo's Project Runway mentor told BravoTV.com to expect "dark, amazing glamour" — and he delivered. Models draped in leather and metallic fabrics strutted down a hot pink carpet to the sounds of blaring heavy metal. Accessories such as dominatrix-style chokers were worn by male, female, and non-binary cat walkers. There were exaggerated, ruffled shoulders and patterned suits that called on the '80s, while silky slip dresses paid homage to the '90s. And, when Christian's muse Coco Rocha closed the show by dancing down the runway in an architectural gown, the front row, filled with famous faces, went wild. Let's relive some of the most unforgettable moments from the epic runway show...
Christian's "dark, glamorous woman" was a twisted fantasy come to life. Between the holographic fringe, sculptural embellishments, show-stopping pantsuits, sheer gowns, and wide-brim hats, we don't know how to even begin to pick a favorite moment from the show — and neither does Christian. "They're all like my babies," the fashion guru exclusively told BravoTV.com backstage. "Sometimes, even just a simple suit is one of my favorites, so I never know."
Diversity was of the utmost importance. Christian Siriano was showcasing models of all sizes, colors, and gender identities long before many other designers realized the importance of doing so. "It’s going to be a very diverse runway," Christian told us backstage. "There will be so many men, women, non-gender, big, curvy, small, everything. I wanted to really celebrate people and show that they can look amazing and glamorous."
The beauty looks were out-of-this-world incredible. Models donned sleek, straight ponytails with rainbow-hued streaks, crafted by Justine Marjan using Tresemmé Tres Two Extra Hold Gel. Every cheek was dotted with a small black heart, and neon pink lips came courtesy of Maybelline New York's Lead Artist, Erin Parsons. Essie provided licorice-toned manicures accented with crescent-shaped stones.
Project Runway was in the house. Heidi Klum, who served as Project Runway's host back when Christian won the fashion competition in its fourth season, showed up in a sophisticated all-white wide-leg pantsuit to take her place in the front row. Also in attendance: the Bravo's Project Runway Season 18 contestants, who came to support their mentor and gather inspiration.
Impossibly gorgeous architectural gowns ruled the runway. The excitement amped up even more in the show's second half, when gravity-defying silhouettes glided down the runway. No doubt, the most memorable moment came during the show's finale, when Christian's longtime muse Coco Rocha strutted the pink catwalk in a dress that was nothing short of a structural work of art. The runway pro danced through the crowd, showcasing the gown's sharp, angled hips, exaggerated shoulders, and glamorous mermaid bodice.
Once again, Leslie Jones was the best hype woman. The Saturday Night Live alum has famously gone wild in the audience at Christian Siriano runway shows before, so we were thrilled to see her sitting in the front row, ready to cheer. Dressed in a fabulous gold and black striped pantsuit, Jones stood up and danced and hollered at the end of the show to show her support for the designer. "Oh Leslie I love you!" Christian wrote on Instagram after the spectacle.
— Reporting by Donald Adler
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