Siriano: Business tripled, thanks to extended sizes

Who can singlehandedly triple their business, restructure an entire industry and redefine the commonly-accepted depiction of beauty? Only one person: Christian Siriano.

According to Glamour, the fashion designer — who has featured plus-size models in his fashion shows and has been determined to make his clothing size inclusive — recently explained the scope of the impact these moves have had on his business. In a panel discussion at the 92nd St. Y with executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fern Malli, the 32-year-old Siriano said his business has changed drastically, and all for the better.

“Adding plus sizes to my line tripled my business. Why wouldn’t you do that?! Do we not want to triple the business?” he said. “Do we not think these women should wear our clothes? Do we not want these women to have beautiful things because we’re afraid they’re not beautiful? What is going on here?”

Now 50 percent plus sizes, according to Glamour, Siriano’s business has clearly changed for the better — and it’s doing the same for the fashion industry at large.

“We got Moda Operandi to change their whole website—now they go up to our sizes,” he said. “Knowing we have a part in change like that, it’s amazing…but it’s still crazy to me that it’s not the norm.”

Amen to that.

Jones rocks stunning Siriano number at ‘Ghostbusters’ premiere

All those designers who didn’t want to dress Leslie Jones for the big premiere of the Ghostbusters reboot got a glimpse of what they missed out on when Jones hit the red carpet over the weekend.

After calling out those designers who didn’t want to work with her, Project Runway alum Christian Siriano stepped up to the plate to dress the Saturday Night Live star — and the results were stunning. Jones showed up to the Saturday, July 9 premiere in Los Angeles in a red off-the-shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit, reports People, which she accessorized with a statement necklace, a frame clutch and metallic heels.

The inspiration for the fiery red gown? The movie Pretty Woman, Siriano may have implied on Instagram as he posted a photo of Jones with the caption, “Yep! #prettywoman.” People explained the potential nod to the classic film this way: “It definitely referred to the famous red-dress-and-diamonds combo Julia Roberts wears in the movie, but possibly also for the fact that the designers who blew her off made a ‘Big mistake. HUGE.‘”

All Pretty Woman speculation aside, People says Jones told reporters at the premiere that she wanted to “be ‘sexy,’ and show off my body a little bit.”

In addition to sharing her wish-list for her premiere gown with reporters, Jones also acknowledged the man who made it all possible — who also had a big day of his own.

“He’s getting married, right now, as we speak,” Jones told reporters of Siriano, who married his longtime boyfriend Brad Walsh the same day as the premiere, according to People. “As I walk up this aisle, he is walking up his aisle! Christian, Happy Wedding Day!”

While Siriano was enjoying his own special day, Jones killed it on the red carpet — all thanks to a simple tweet that led “making magic” happen.

To see Jones’ gorgeous gown, click here.

Jones calls out fashion designers

Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones logged on to Twitter this week to share her frustration with fashion designers — and she’s prepared to shine a spotlight on those who’ve snubbed her.

According to The Cut, Jones, who is part of the cast of the forthcoming Ghostbusters film, took to Twitter on Tuesday, June 28 to reveal that many fashion designers are not stepping up to dress the star for a red carpet appearance for the film’s highly-anticipated release. She wrote:

“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

But shortly after Jones sent out the tweet, The Cut says Project Runway alum Christian Siriano responded, offering to design a premiere look for the star. The Cut reports that Siriano later told Time in an email, “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”

While Jones finally got the designer attention she deserves, it didn’t keep her from tweeting one last time about the issue. Several hours later, she wrote:

“Hmm what a difference a tweet makes. Should I name the designers that didn’t look out?Put y’all ass on blast. You will not get my love later.”

Whether or not Jones will actually reveal the designers who dissed her remains to be seen, but the important thing is, she found a designer that is excited about working with her — or we say, the designer found her.

She Leads, You Follow: Teen Choice Awards Edition

The blue carpet was rolled out on August 16 for the arrival of Hollywood’s rising young stars at the Teen Choice Awards. Held in Los Angele’s Galen Center, the star-studded event was as much about the fashion as it was about the awards, and what tremendous fashion there was!

One of the first looks to catch our eye came courtesy of Gina Rodriguez. According to PopSugar, the actress took to the Teen Choice Awards’ blue carpet in a gunmetal Alberta Ferretti dress, featuring the tiniest bit of beading and a crochet-like hemline. Rodriguez completed her look with dainty silver jewelry, nude pointed-toe pumps and  sultry loose waves.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale certainly looked pretty as she arrived to the Teen Choice Awards, wearing a blue and black minidress with a plunging, mesh-covered neckline. Hale swept her hair back in a sleek updo and kept the rest of her accessories quite simple, wearing minimal jewelry and pairing her sassy frock with a black Edie Parker clutch and strappy sandals.

Sarah Hyland added a splash of color to the awards, showing up in a cheerful yellow Christian Siriano crop top and shorts set, which she paired with the ever-popular strappy sandal by Stuart Weitzman. The Modern Family actress added another subtle punch of color with her blue earrings, but kept her bracelet neutral, wearing a sparkly silver bangle.

Although these gorgeous ladies are decked out for a red (or in this case, blue) carpet event, there are some things we can take away from their looks to apply to our everyday style:

  1. Small details have a large effect – Gina Rodriguez’s gunmetal grey dress shows us just how small details can come together to create something beautiful. Her dress is constructed in an almost net-like fashion with a nude underlay filling in the dead space. But on each of the ‘seams’ on the netting, there is a small bead that catches the light and adds some dimension to the dress. Finishing off the dress is a crocheted hemline, injecting a bit of femininity into what otherwise could’ve been a pretty edgy dress. No matter what you are shopping for — a dress, a top, a pair of pants or even shoes — look for small details like a subtle texture (like lace, crochet or netting) or shine that will work with the other elements of the piece to make a dimensional, multifaceted look.
  2. Pick a focal point – When putting together an outfit, it’s crucial to pick one focal point of the ensemble, whether it’s wearing a short skirt to show off your legs or wearing an open back to flaunt your back. In Lucy Hale’s case, she chose to wear a dress with a deep v-neckline, making her open neck her outfit’s main focus. Note that she kept her shoes and clutch black to blend in with the black in her dress while also keeping her accessories to a minimum — this allows the neckline of the dress to be the star of the outfit while all of the other components play a supporting role. When putting together an outfit, be sure to pick a focal point (like an open neckline) and don’t pair it with accessories that will compete with that focal point by trying to draw the eye elsewhere. For example, if you choose to wear a dress with a neon pink waist, don’t wear a shoe in an equally loud, contrasting color that will draw the eye away from that point; this will only segment your outfit and create two different areas of interest, making it difficult to spot where we should direct our attention.
  3. Brights will light up your day – Sarah Hyland’s bright yellow crop top and shorts set showed us just how flattering yellow can be. Brights, in general, are very skin tone-enhancing colors, but be careful with brights done in pastel — pastels, although beautiful, are desaturated colors, which can end up washing out those of us with pale complexions. If you want to try a bright color, take Hyland’s lead and wear a color that has some saturation to it. This ensures that the color will warm up your skin tone rather than make you appear pale.