There is no doubt that the Congo was Christian Siriano’s inspiration for his Fall 2015 collection.
Even before the models took to the runway, the stage was set against a backdrop of leafy green plants and shrubbery and zebra print lit up the floor.
When speaking about the inspiration behind his Congo-inspired collection, Siriano said, “I was drawn to the home of the silverback gorilla along with other exotic and exquisite creatures. These animals echoed through sleek burnout wool textured dresses, bold animal printed jacquard coats and liquid panther-like velvet evening looks. I wanted the collection to feel luxe and sophisticated but still playful through the ease and fluidity of the silhouettes.”
And he did just that. Using the flora and fauna of the Central African Republic, Siriano showcased a collection that is equal parts fierce and feminine. From the tiger print cashmere coat to the floral sheath dress with bell sleeves, Siriano was able to bring the dark clothes to life using petal and palm tree appliques in bold, rich colors.