At his NYFW runway show, designer extraordinaire; Christian Siriano once again proved that he celebrates women of all shapes and sizes when he filled his catwalk with a diverse group of models ranging from size 2 to size 16. If there’s one thing we know about Christian Siriano, it’s that he’s a designer for all people. And for his latest runway show, held at the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, he made that message clear.
In a sea of shimmery bronze gowns, cut-out velvet dresses and tassel-embellished styles from his rich fall 2017 collection, there was one standout: a black T-shirt that read in white font “People Are People,” paired with a pink satin, thigh-high slit skirt. The look, worn by model Jasmine Poulton, received loud cheers from guests attending the show, including Alicia Silverstone, Morena Baccarin, Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Juliette Lewis, Alexa Chung and Coca Rocha.
“I just felt like it was nice to end the show on a little bit of a cleansing idea,” Siriano told The Hollywood Reporter backstage post-show. “People are people, we should all be celebrated in our own way. It’s very simple. It’s not that hard to do and I think that that’s what it was about.”
Though the finale was set to Depeche Mode’s “People Are People,” Siriano said the T-shirt slogan wasn’t inspired by the 1984 hit. “But it made sense,” he said. “We were trying to figure out what politically we wanted to say, because I didn’t really want to be political,” he explained. “[The shirt] is about human rights. It’s not about politics, it’s about supporting everyone. That’s what I thought was important,” he said.
Much like last season, Siriano continued to cast a diverse range of women, including curvy models Iskra Lawrence, Alessandra Garcia, Sabina Karlsson, Candice Huffine and more. Alek Wek, 39, opened the show and Karolina Kurkova, 32, closed it in a sequin gown.
See photos from the runway below: