Christian Siriano reveals one A-list actress he hasn't had the chance to design for yet
With the holidays in New York every year come the best window displays. Add acclaimed designer Christian Siriano into the mix, and you can't really ask for anything more.
Siriano was pegged to design the windows of Hershey's Chocolate World in Times Square, and they're as festive chic as you can get.
We had the pleasure of speaking to the young designer on the day of the unveiling about the exciting project, dressing Michelle Obama and the fashion at his summer wedding to singer Brad Walsh.
Check it all out below:
Tell me a little bit about the Hershey's holiday window reveal today and the design process behind it.
It was really fun. I think it's one of those things that when you're in New York -- and it's the holidays -- who wouldn't want to design a fabulous holiday window? So that was really exciting. And luckily, I'm a crazy chocolate lover, so that also really helped.
It was really great. I think what was really nice was that Hershey's decided to revamp these really cute holiday Kisses, and that already was interesting and inspiring. I was really honored to be asked to be a part of it. I love being in New York and you see these holiday windows, and you feel like you're transformed and you're in a different place. That was something that we really wanted. I wanted it to feel playful and whimsical, but still very fashion. I think they turned out really great.
Take a peek at Siriano's window design and Hershey's holiday Kisses right here:
How does the process for a project like this differ from that of designing a gown?
What's great is, obviously I'm around clothes all day long, which can get old. [Laughs] So this is kind of fun. It feels different. It feels like I get to have a little bit more of a playful mind. I think also what was really nice was that, I didn't necessarily design anything specific for packaging, I got to really design something that was displayed -- [so when] a customer walks by the store, she's like, "I really want to go in and see what this is all about." And that's a great thing. You want to transform people into this fantasy world.
You design for women of all types. What does making that mark in the fashion industry mean to you?
I think it's just really important. I think it's really important with what's happening in our world. We just want to celebrate women. There's so much going on that we all should feel great in clothes [and] feel fabulous when you want to get dressed and go to work every day. That's my biggest goal. Hopefully people will take notice and follow along with it. That's also an important thing. We want everybody to feel this way, so I think that's the most important thing.
What was the process like dressing Michelle Obama for the Democratic National Convention?
It was amazing. She's such an amazing woman. It was such a great night, great moment. It will be something I'll remember forever. I would dress her in the next 20 or 50 years even if she's doing nothing, just because she was one of those women that I think will be iconic forever. It was a great moment.
I hope she just wanted to wear the dress because she loved it. That's all any designer really cares about -- that the customer or whoever the muse is feels good in the dress, and that's the best part about it.
See FLOTUS glowing in the cobalt dress below:
If you could dress one star who you haven't gotten the chance to yet, who would it be?
I'm a big fan of Cate Blanchett, and I haven't really done anything for her yet. But I try not to jinx anything. I like it to be organic.
You and Brad [Walsh] tied to knot in July, so I have to ask about wedding fashion. I understand you designed the wedding party's gowns, but not your own suits?
Yeah, no. I was so not in the mood to dress myself, I don't know why!
I feel that! What was it like dressing for the wedding party? Did you get a lot of their input?
I didn't really. I kind of made them wear what I wanted them to wear. [Laughs]
Obviously though, the dress code was white, and all the girls wore kind of white wedding dresses. I just wanted it to feel really beautiful and kind of romantic. I think all the girls looked really great, and I obviously wanted them to feel really comfortable -- but I didn't really let them choose, so hopefully they felt comfortable. [Laughs]
Lastly, what piece are you most excited about in your pre-fall 2016 collection?
I was really excited that we shot the whole collection on one of my favorite models, Roxanne Gould, who is a really beautiful older woman. I really wanted to show that I think clothes can look really great on all women of all ages, so that was really important. I think the pre-fall collection is actually just fun, very playful. There's a lot of pink, it's very pretty. I hope it just makes people feel good, because I think that's what we need right now.
This interview was edited and condensed.