Fashion fantasy

VOGUE/AP – With so few in-person runway presentations in New York this season, the pressure is on. In Christian Siriano’s hot pink collection notes, he wrote that he found it hard to find inspiration in a pandemic, but clung to the idea of a “psychedelic alternate reality”. And watching the tulle gowns, slinky party dresses, and sculptural statement pieces come down the runway really did feel like a trip to a fantasy land where dressing up was a normal, daily affair.

Coco Rocha was the first to walk down the runway, dressed in a white power coat with a cape-like back. The first looks clearly communicated the woodsy inspiration via nubby wool coats, grey plaids, and brown moiré. Even in these more practical pieces, a hedonistic vibe still remained, as in a white overcoat with four prominent cutouts at the waist and thigh.

But the bulk of the collection was Siriano’s signature eveningwear, the sort of thing that’s made him such a recognisable name on red carpets. While there was a host of tulle, mesh skirts, and dramatic ruffles, several stood out from the pack. First, a slinky, one-sleeved lime green dress that looked like what a mountain dwelling hostess might wear. Then, a brick red column gown with a dramatic, high ruffled collar, styled with pink gloves.