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Five Questions With the Sometimes Still "Fierce" Christian Siriano

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As models in long braids and high studded Payless shoes clumped around us, we were fortunate enough to snag a quick backstage chat with Christian Siriano—right before his Fashion Week show...
Racked: What was your inspiration for this collection?

Siriano: I was inspired by images of these black orchids called Dracula Orchids, very dark creepy and mysterious. I wanted my imagination to kind of run with that. We have things that are more literal, like some actual petal cut details, to more of a wearable version, with oversized lapels that look like leaves. I wanted it to be strong. I wanted it to be dark. I wanted it to be sculptural—that's the world.

Racked: You interned for Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, what did you learn from them that has stayed with you and affected your work as a designer?

Siriano: For me it was all about the fantasy, the dream, the kind of imagination they had. That doesn't go away—although at the end of the day you can't teach someone how to be imaginative. It was kind of inspiring. I think you have to be creative each season.

Racked: Where do you shop for your own clothing?

Siriano: Oh my god I have everything—from All Saints, to Top Shop to Prada shoes!

Racked: You've dressed a lot of stars: From Lady Gaga to Christina Hendricks to Tori Spellng. Are there any celebrities you'd like to dress whom you haven't yet?

Siriano: Drew Barrymore, who I love, and I think is super amazing and fabulous.

Racked: Do you still use the word "fierce"?

Siriano: It depends on the day. But not too much.

· Mature Looks From Christian Siriano and a Return to "Fierce" Black [Racked]
· All Fashion Week Coverage [Racked]
· Christian Siriano [Official Site]