Christian Siriano takes over for Tim Gunn as mentor on “Project Runway” when the long-running series returns to Bravo at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Anyone who saw the fourth season of “Runway” 12 years ago remembers Siriano as a workroom bad boy who aimed for “fierce” fashions. Siriano won the season, and remains the youngest champion of the fashion-design competition.
Now 33, Siriano never disappeared from the headlines. He dressed Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham and recently Billy Porter, who wore a tuxedo-gown combination to the Oscars.
Sunday Arts & Style spoke with Siriano when he and his then-husband Brad Walsh moved into a summer house in Danbury.
He had no problem explaining, in 2016, what drew him to this part of Connecticut.
“It kind of felt country; the drive up to my house is farmy and I love that feeling, but you can still go to real stores,” Siriano said. “You’re off the grid, but you drive 20 minutes and you’re at the mall.”
Siriano has big and impeccably crafted shoes to fill, Time Magazine reports, while offering some hope.
“Maybe it’s fitting, then, that his torch has been passed to the only other enduring star ‘Runway’ can claim credit for creating: Christian Siriano, the design phenom who quickly parlayed his season-four win into an empire,” Time’s Judy Berman writes.
“Though Siriano has evidently retained his signature bluntness, he’s also toned down the sassy arrogance that marked his first ‘Runway stint,’ at 21,” said Berman, who got an advance look the season premiere, where his “surprisingly soft-spoken critiques feel more practical and specific than Gunn’s mini therapy sessions, if not quite as endearing.”
Lee Steele is editor of Sunday Arts & Style. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.