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If you look up the word "fierce" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of Christian Siriano there. Not only was it his catch-phrase during the TV season of Project Runway he starred in and later won, but fierce is always a perfect descriptor to describe his shoes.
Season after season now, Siriano has churned out some serious ankle-breaking sculptures he calls shoes, and season after season, his collaboration with Payless has sucked the design right out of them. Although his Spring/Summer 2010 heels saw a very limited run with a talon heel, all of the rest are eventually morphed into a glitzied-up flat, basic pump or gladiator sandal. A perfect case in point is last season's baroque-inspired shoes, which went from these on the runway to this on the shelves.
This too will be the fate of the severe but unique designs he sent down the runway last night, no matter what anyone says. Thank god for the shoe porn we shot at the show, because that's as close as we'll ever get to a pair.
· Christian Siriano Shows What He's Made Of (F/W 2010) [Racked National]
· Liveblogging the Shows: Christian Siriano S/S 2010 [Racked NY]