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As the youngest winner of Project Runway in its 4th season, Christian Siriano had me at “fierce”. My ferosh friend Dee and I had the privilege of meeting this incredibly talented designer and all-around amazing individual at the Corcoran Gallery of Art last night for an open discussion and book signing. I cannot wait to immerse myself in his new book Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self. As if this isn’t enough of a draw, fashion rockstar Tim Gunn penned the Foreword.
Two faces of fierce: looking dapper with Dee & diva with Dolly.
Since the show, Christian and his Ferocia Coutura have kept busy showing at Fashion Week in New York City and designing lines for Puma, Payless, Bluefly and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. In his first book, he shares how to be “fierce” in fashion every day, avoid the tickety-tack, and create your own personal style and self-confident image.
I expected a bit of a diva, but was so pleasantly surprised to find that along with that feisty demeanor was an extremely genuine and down to earth person who was hilarious and charming. He spoke openly about his challenges as a designer on Project Runway - although what I remember most from that 4th season is the quality and craftsmanship of his flawless and gorg designs.
He took question after question from his sold-out audience and honestly and thoughtfully answered each one. He jokingly name-dropped about appearing on Oprah, gavotting with GaGa, hanging with Heidi, and texting with Tim (who is apparently miffed that Christian seated him next to a particularly chatty celeb who sabotaged his viewing of a recent fashion show). Love-love-love that Tim Gunn! He also had piles of praise for the exceptionally on point Nina Garcia, Project Runway judge and fashion director of Marie Claire.
He diplomatically skirted a question about his thoughts on DC style, focusing more on the beauty and culture of the city rather than how stylish and fashionable the inhabitants are, then had us in stitches as he described how he was accosted by a sea of conservative power suits after getting off the train at Union Station. Conservative is the last word someone would use to describe Christian, who dressed up as The Little Mermaid for halloween this year.
After the Q & A, a fan frenzy ensued and he could not have been more gracious in the midst of all the chaos, even taking charge himself to efficiently organize the book signing. At the end I told him he was very kind with his diplomatic response to the DC style question – and ever the charmer, he said in that fabulous voice of his, “La-dy, of course that doesn’t include you!”
For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of making Mr. Siriano’s acquaintance – don’t just sit there looking like a hot mess! Go get Your Most Fabulous Self a copy of The Most Fabulous Book by The Most Fabulous Designer.