NEW YORK (AP) — The fourth day of Fashion Week saw Christian Siriano offer up what he called a "psychedelic dream garden" of wild colors and whimsical prints, and a diverse runway of all shapes, sizes and gender. A night earlier, Jeremy Scott, once known as the bad boy of fashion, celebrated 20 years of success, bringing together a bevy of supermodels past and present.
WILD COLORS, INFECTIOUS MOOD AT CHRISTIAN SIRIANO
"Work it!" shouted actress Leslie Jones from her front-row seat, as a model strutted by in a revealing number. "I want that!" she called out after inspecting another seductive garment.
For a fashion show, it was an infectious and joyful atmosphere, enhanced by the obvious commitment to diversity of all types on the runway: size, color and gender.
Before the show, as models rushed to get dressed and ready, Siriano mused that with all that's going on in the world, "as designers this is our moment to have our voice, to put out there what we feel. So that's why we're really showcasing diversity — we have transgender, we have curvy, we have tall — we have the whole world of women and people, and they can all be beautiful in the same place, in the same moment. And it feels good.
The show is 13 minutes," he said. "I want to really take everyone out of what's happening and go into a dreamlike place."
In fact, he said, a good name for his show would be a "psychedelic dream garden."
"It's like seeing plants come to life in a way," he said. "I really just wanted it to be kind of romantic and beautiful." He added that he and his design team were taking a risk by adding in much more bright color than usual, and also patterns upon patterns, and new textures. "We never do that," he said. "We're going for it today."
The crowd seemed to respond. Siriano's colors included a bright sunflower, an even brighter grass green, and, brighter still, hibiscus pink — otherwise known as shocking pink — in a column dress and in a one-shouldered, ruffled jumpsuit.
Ruffles were huge — metaphorically and literally. A few models chose to emphasize the flounce by stopping mid-runway and cavorting a bit before continuing their walks. They included supermodel Coco Rocha, who opened the show in electric floral brocade, and closed it in a black orchid flounce gown.
Jones, a big fan of the designer ever since he stepped up to dress her for the "Ghostbusters" premiere last year, gushed about him before the show.
"I love him because he knows how to dress me and make me look so beautiful," Jones said. "He's so normal, he's so down to earth and he does love all women."
Jones said she was proud of her recent birthday: She turned 50. "I need everybody to know that when you get to this age, it doesn't have to be a death sentence," she said with a laugh.
Also sitting in the front row were actresses Gina Gershon, Vanessa Williams and Patricia Clarkson, and rapper Cardi B, whom Siriano dressed for the VMA Awards.
"It's so amazing, so beautiful," said the rapper. "I feel like crying for him because I know he's so happy and he's such a good, genuine person. He took his time for my VMA outfits and I got almost in every press, like best dressed, and I'm so happy that this is happening to him."
Clarkson, too, said she loved how Siriano "has a true genuine love of women. Not of particular women, of ALL women. All ages, sizes, shapes and colors."
—Jocelyn Noveck and Nicole Evatt
ANNIVERSARY TIME AT JEREMY SCOTT
Jeremy Scott's kitschy, high-entertainment fashion shows always have whimsical themes. This time, the designer didn't have to look far for inspiration: his theme was himself.
It was the 20th anniversary of Scott's label, and he celebrated it by going back to his own past, looking at key moments of his career and updating the looks for today.
"I used my own history as my starting point," Scott said in a backstage interview Friday night, adding that he asked himself: "How do I take all of this and also make something new for today?"
Scott said he finally figured out that the answer was "like making a fragrance from a flower and taking the essence."
A quickly visible theme was snakeskin, in bright neon colors — bold pink, brilliant yellow — in trousers, or jackets, or thigh-high boots. And there were sequins galore, reserved not for gowns but for street wear, like glittering hoodies and work boots.
There were cargo pants — but here, they were perfectly sheer. There were big and colorful cartoon graphics, on shirts and sweaters. And there was a series of looks with huge, fake colorful gems, or what Scott called "body jewelry."
Walking the runway were a number of models who have been important in Scott's past shows, like British model Liberty Ross, 38. Also walking was the daughter of singer Lionel Richie, Sofia Richie.
"She's so excited she's about to have a nervous breakdown," Richie said before the show.
Scott, who also is the creative director for Moschino, spoke passionately about his recent work on the music video and album artwork for his friend Miley Cyrus' "Younger Now."
"Miley is like a rib out of my own chest," Scott said, adding he would do many more projects with her. "We can't get enough of each other," he said. "I love her to pieces."
He also addressed the role of fashion in the current polarized political climate.
"Particularly with me, I think I have always played a role in being... a place of fantasy, of escape... I always think of my shows as like the movies were for the Depression era, where people would go to the movies to escape the fact that they were hungry and didn't have a job and didn't have all the necessities. They brought you fantasies, these movies of glamour and glitz and fairytales. And you know, putting a smile on someone's face really does make them feel better."
—Jocelyn Noveck and Nicole Evatt