Christian Siriano cast trans model Avie Acosta in effortless, gender-inclusive show

Beauty sees no gender, and neither does Christian Siriano when making beautiful clothes. 

For his spring 2018 collection, Siriano created a colorful range of garments that women men any person will find beautiful. And he put them on his most diverse model lineup yet for his runway show Saturday. Dark skin, light skin, plus, thin, male, female, trans —  his models were reflective of the broader world. And most importantly, the many different types of people who love his work.

“It’s about just being beautiful,” Siriano said backstage. “No matter who you are or where you come from and what you are, you can feel beautiful in whatever clothes you want to wear. I feel like there are no rules anymore. That was the idea.”

The audience ate it up as model Coco Rocha opened the show in a floral brocade cut-out top and matching cropped trousers, hooting and cheering as she walked.

Rocha was followed by male model Austin Kairis in a puff-sleeved blazer and cropped trousers in the same eclectic floral brocade pattern.

His appearance elicited applause, especially from Leslie Jones, who sat front row and became a hype woman for the models and the show.

In the middle of the pack was trans model Avie Acosta, who fit in seamlessly in a blind-and-you’ll-miss-it moment. But it is an important inclusion as Siriano continues to reach a broader and broader audience.

He’s made it clear he’s designing for all, as he did when he took the call from Jones to design her Ghostbusters premiere dress last summer.

Jones’ excitement at the entirety of the event was infectious. The show was racuous — models posed mid-runway, twirled and sauntered to applause. And the audience was more vocal than most fashion week shows, which in the decades following the ’90s super model era of Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, have become almost church-like.

Not that clothes shouldn’t be worshipped. But they should also be celebrated.

And there was plenty in Siriano’s collection to celebrate. A yellow ball gown that floated by like a daydream. A striking hibiscus pink column gown that would give anyone a magic moment. Ultra flattering, fitted gowns with slight tulip hemlines. 

“I felt like I wanted to kind of transport everybody. There’s a lot happening in our world that doesn’t feel good. Today was about being beautiful, feeling good,” Siriano said. “Hopefully, for about 15 minutes, everybody got away.”

Mission accomplished for all.

 

 

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