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Christian Siriano's Woman is a Vamp; She's a Vixen, Not a Tramp

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You know, we had thought that the whole vampire-inspired collection thing was completely over with, after those first few seasons of obsession with True Blood. And then Christian Siriano opened his fall/winter 2012 show yesterday with a leather motorcycle jacket over a "satin bat vein dress."

The colors black, red, and winter white dominated, with the same shades echoed in the models' makeup. The standout girl, shod in Siriano's Payless shoe collab like the others, was a redhead who evoked the look of True Blood's Jessica character. Let's get it straight, however; Siriano cites vampire bats, not vampire humans, as his muses, and the program notes pick out specific details: "leather appliques, ethereal flowing silk cape dresses and tops and capes taking flight."

Yes?capes, which dominated the outerwear of the fall 2011 collections, now emerges as perfectly sane eveningwear for 2012. Sane...if you're a bloodsucker, nightwalker, spellcaster or, you know, a confidant girl unafraid of pairing dark lipstick with a white sheath.

Though we've come to expect ginormous, tiered, and pouffy evening gowns from Christian, he considers wearability this season to show trumpet skirts and tuxedo trousers instead, promoting a curvaceous silhouette that's just as fierce as it is vampy. And yes, it's like a law or something that every story on Siriano must include the word "fierce."
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