Fashion Week Begins

cityfile · 02/13/09 04:04PM

• Unsurprisingly, Jason Wu's show was a big hit today, and Anna herself made an appearance. [WSJ, NYM, WWD]
• Reports from Charlotte Ronson's show. [WWD, WWD, NYM, Racked]
• Reports from Yigal Azrouël's show. [WWD, NYM, Fashionologie]
• Fashion Week's official coffee, brought to you by McDonald's, is "actually not that bad." [Racked]
• Photos from Rachel Roy's fall collection. [Pipeline]
• Topshop has been delayed again; it's now scheduled for April. [WWD]
• Ally Hilfiger is planning to launch her own line. [NYO]
• Christian Siriano is covering Fashion Week for Time. [Time]
Shoshanna will appear in the Judith Ripka's new ad campaign. [FWD]
• Diesel's Fifth Ave flagship opens next week. [FWD, Racked]

Christian Goes Downmarket, A Messy Cyber Monday

cityfile · 12/01/08 04:18PM

♦ Christian Siriano plans to make it work with Payless: The Project Runway winner is teaming up with the company on a line of footwear and handbags that will launch next fall. [NYP]
♦ Today was Cyber Monday, the day when online retailers kick off the holiday season with super-steep discounts. It didn't turn out to be a great day for Bloomingdale's and J. Crew: both watched their websites crash this morning. [Crain's, USA Today]
♦ In case you forgot to issue your congratulations, Anna Wintour headed off to Buckingham Palace last week to pick up whatever is it you are given when you're named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. [Vogue UK]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 11/18/08 07:58AM

Chloe Sevigny turns 34 today. Project Runway winner Christian Siriano is 23. Owen Wilson is 40. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly turns 38. Weeds actress Elizabeth Perkins is 48. Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik is turning 39. The rapper Fabolous is 31. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is 46. Former Dynasty star Linda Evans is 66 years old. And scandal-plagued Alaska Senator Ted Stevens can look forward to celebrating his 85th today in the company of his lawyers.

Chanel, Louis Vuitton Cut Prices!

cityfile · 11/14/08 03:44PM

♦ One of the recession's teeny silver linings: In an unprecedented move, luxury brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton are cutting prices for US customers. [WSJ]
♦ Supermodels—they're just like us! Helena Christensen braved the crowds in London yesterday to grab a polka-dot Comme des Garçons cardigan from H&M, and proudly wore it out that night. [Grazia]
♦ Does Agyness Deyn care about the fate of fluffy animals or not? On Wednesday, she DJed at the Humane Society's Cool vs. Cruel ceremony with boyfriend Albert Hammond Jr. But she's apparently not averse to wearing fur on the runway or to non-animal rights events. [Fashionologie]

Marc Makes His Picks, Barneys Meatpacking Plans

cityfile · 11/07/08 04:01PM

♦ For his spring campaigns, Marc Jacobs is eschewing celeb-muses like Meg White and Posh Spice: He's cast Israeli model Raquel Zimmerman for his Collection ads, British model Daisy Lowe for Marc by Marc, and Ryan McGinley for men's. [WWD]
♦ Are you a pregnant Project Runway fan? Then march (or waddle) over to the West Village tomorrow to meet Christian Siriano when he unveils his maternity line, Fierce Mamas. [The Cut]
♦ Plans for a Barneys store in the meatpacking district are definitely underway. The most likely location is on West 13th Street. [The Daily]

Siriano Says No to Oven Mitts, Yes to Cell Phones

cityfile · 10/27/08 11:01AM

Once upon a time if a reality TV star was lucky enough to be granted a full 15 minutes of fame, he or she would grab every single money-making opportunity, regardless of where it came from. But Christian Siriano, the diminutive winner of Project Runway season 4, catchphrase coiner, and assymmetric haircut standard-bearer, represents a new breed: He's not for sale to just anyone. Well, not quite.


cityfile · 09/15/08 09:52AM

Jessica Szohr playing with a pretzel during a photo shoot in SoHo ... John Mayer standing on the street with a motorcycle helmet in hand ... Michelle Trachtenberg walking hand-in-hand with an unidentified man in SoHo ... Katie Holmes hopping out of an SUV near Times Square ... John Legend shopping with his girlfriend in SoHo ... Sarah Jessica Parker leaving Toys 'R' Us with son James and a big bag toys ... Tim Robbins grabbing some juice while riding around on rollerblades ... Meg Ryan making her way out of an office building ... Actress Kim Raver pushing her son in a stroller ... Frankie Muniz standing on the sidewalk with a female friend ...Padma Lakshmi posing for photos in the street wearing an all-white ensemble ... Heroes star Dania Ramirez leaving the Bryant Park Hotel ... Kiefer Sutherland walking through SoHo with his daughter ... Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony making their way into Marc's birthday party at the Bowery Hotel ... Ashley Olsen heading out for the evening with a big bodyguard ... Kelly Rowland going to dinner at Nobu ... and Lindsay Lohan hiding her face with a handbag outside the Bowery Hotel.

"Then I Said, 'No ... Large Hadron Collider!'"

Dashiell Bennett · 09/13/08 04:20PM

I hate to bite on Richard's style yet again, but doesn't this picture just sort of cry out for an "Open Caption"? Anyway, I'm bad at this stuff, but you kids should be able to figure something out. [In this photo provided by LG Mobile Phones, designer Christian Siriano, left, and TV personality Tim Gunn, chat backstage at the LG sponsored Christian Siriano Spring 2009 Fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Siriano was the previous season's "Project Runway" winner. (AP Photo/LG Mobile Phones) via Washington Post]

Christian Siriano’s Fashion Sense Decidedly Not A Hot Tranny Mess

Nick Malis · 09/12/08 02:30PM

While we concede that Project Runway is a good-to-great show (even if you include this current supes boring season), isn't it a bit troubling that it's utterly failed in its mission to produce a great designer? You never see anyone sporting a Jay McCarroll outfit or a Chloe Dao handbag, do you? Perhaps the show is better at creating personalities than people who can actually cut the mustard in the fashion industry. At least that seemed to be the case until everyone’s favorite gay mullet-headed pixie unleashed his Spring 2009 collection on an unsuspecting New York City. That’s right, Christian Siriano just had a runway show and people cannot stop raving.Using a predominantly gray color scheme, Christian wowed the crowd with his ruffled, flowing masterpieces. They looked similar to his work on P.R., but even more mature and wearable. It wouldn’t be surprising to see women all over the world donning his duds. But then again, I’m just a straight dude who knows nothing about fashion. So, what did the experts have to say about it? Runway judge Nina Garcia chimed in: “Not everybody at his age could pull this together so effortlessly. I am blown away and proud and excited and happy—I feel like a doting mother." “It was very classy and beautiful," Hedi Klum teutonically intoned. But there could be no more ringing of an endorsement than the one from Tim Gunn, who said of Christian, “He really is the next great American fashion designer." High praise, indeed. Shocking as it seems, maybe something good can come out of reality TV once in a while. Maybe. [Photo Credit: Getty Images]

Stephanie Defends Her Territory, Thakoon For Tarjay

cityfile · 08/13/08 01:42PM
  • Contrary to the word's overuse, supermodels are a rare breed, says Stephanie Seymour: "It's very embarrassing when you meet, like, a Russian prostitute, and she says she's a supermodel. And you're like, 'Hey, me too...'" Exactly where Seymour is getting into conversations with Russian prostitutes is anyone's guess. [UK Vogue]

"What Ruler?"

Richard Lawson · 07/25/08 10:30AM

[Last season's "Project Runway" victor Christian Siriano at a gallery opening last night; image via WENN]

Oh Snap! Christian Siriano Disses 'Girlicious'

Richard Lawson · 07/24/08 04:48PM

So weird orange rutabaga Blayne, from the new season of Project Runway, likes to nance around the design room saying "girlicious," among other annoying things. He seems to be reeeeally pushing it as a catchphrase (though, he didn't coin it). This has incurred the wrath of last season's fitfully gay catchphrase machine Christian Siriano, who more organically wove "fierce," "tranny," "hot mess," and various combinations of the three into the fabric of the New York fashionista vernacular. Though, you know, "fierce" was there way before little mister monkey man Siriano came chimping along. As were the other two. I guess he just used them more effectively than people before him, or something. What fucking ever, he doesn't like Blayne's lame "forced" word and he's not afraid to say so. Watch a video, from Popwrap, of Christian doing just that after the jump. Oh, and that new collection of his? Already sold out. How rude, tranny. You got it, girlicious. Cowatranny! Or, um, Eat my hot mess. Ew. Wait. Um, one more. Life is like a box of trannies. Does that work? Click to view

Like the Designer Himself, Christian Siriano's New Collection is Tiny and Strange

Richard Lawson · 07/24/08 10:10AM

As this season's Project Runway contestants are all mincing bores, let's turn to someone more interesting and likable from last season: Christian Siriano. His collection for BlueFly, commissioned as a prize for winning the show, debuts today. It is small, black, and super expensive. Like a first generation iPhone. The coup de grâce, really, is the $96 t-shirt. Honestly the whole thing is a little bit... ffumpf. Whatever that means. See the rest of it after the jump.

Charlie Kaufman's Meta Vision Gets An Actual Distributor

Seth Abramovitch · 07/22/08 03:30PM

· Sony Pictures Classics is close to picking up Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman's sprawling directorial debut spanning 40 years in the life of a guy who tries to mount the greatest play of all time. It began as a real-time project, but has since been whittled down to a far more digestible two hours, four minutes. [THR]
· Nia Vardalos's long-awaited follow-up to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life in Ruins, will be distributed by Fox Searchlight. In it, she plays a travel guide who gets her groove back while touring through Greezzzzzzzzzz. [THR]
· The Wiffler: The Ted Whitfield Story, is an "indie baseball mockumentary" set in the world of competitive wiffleball during the 1994 MLB strike. [Variety]
· Christian "Fierce™" Siriano will design all the looks for the young title character of Eloise in Paris, trying his best not to make the famed Plaza Hotel resident not look like some hot French tranny hooker mess. [Variety]
· From the people who brought you American Pie 2: Michael Vartan and David Cross will play "bitter tire store rivals" in Demoted. [THR]

Christian Siriano Needs To Cool It With The 'Trannie'

Richard Lawson · 05/30/08 11:15AM

Christian Siriano, the flamboyant Mowgli-impersonator who won the last season of design competition show Project Runway, sort of coined the term "trannie" as a descriptor for things that other gays might call "a hot mess" or "[three snaps]." Now, because there are, um, you know, actual transgender people who feel a bit put-off by his verbiage, Siriano is trying to banish the term from his vocabulary. He's not doing a very good job, though. In a recent Time Out New York story about queer folk, he made some untoward comments about drag queens and, well, trannies:

Hollywood Privacywatch: Jeffrey Tambor's Enema-Filled Evening

Mark Graham · 05/29/08 05:00PM

PrivacyWatch celebrity sightings are submitted by the loyal readers of Defamer. As a few emailers have noted, it took us a few weeks to collect this installment — if you want to see this feature run more frequently, be sure to send in your tips early and often! Submit yours to tips[AT] (please put "sighting" or "PrivacyWatch" in the subject line so we don't lose them) and tell everyone about the time you saw "Hey Now" Hank Kingsley (aka Jeffrey Tambor) buying travel-sized saline solution and a "single fleet enema" at Gelson's.

Craig Ferguson's Conversation With Christian Siriano: Needs More Fierceness

Molly Friedman · 03/28/08 06:35PM

Project Runway winner Christian Siriano made an appearance on down but not out Craig Ferguson's show last night. As the awkwardness of the fierce tranny hot mess of a 21-year old fashion wunderkind attempting to make conversation with the pinstriped Scot gradually began to fade, conversation predictably shifted towards hair. Christian has made great use of his mullet-meets-Warhol 'do, and after lazily beginning to describe what it's all about for the umpteenth time, silly ol' Ferguson suddenly went into a state of hysterics at the thought of both he and Christian going platinum blonde together. Apparently, you see, Craig had tried to get producers at hipper than hip CBS to allow him to bleach his salt-and-pepper 'do. Their response? "They were like, no way girl!" We still have absolutely no idea how to react to this claim, or to Ferguson's Howard Dean-like scream, so we'll just let you watch and share in our confusion.