PRAY Stamped Sterling Necklace Handmade Silver by NingSterling
In his first official post-Project Runway show within the Bryant Park tents, 4th season winner Christian Siriano proved that his design talent is even bigger than his personality. With an array of pieces inspired by the pyramid shapes and desert colors of Egypt and North Africa, his Fall 2009 Collection wowed the fully-packed audience, including a selection of head industry executives from Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Saks who all drooled at the possibility of carrying the fabulous fashioneer on their racks. The runway opened with several characteristically-Christian ensembles, featuring long cape-like jackets, puffed sleeves, and lots of signature ruffles that we have come to associate with the designer since his show-stopping Bravo TV finale, but this time around his distinctive touches appeared much more refined and carefully constructed. What really had crowd members clapping, however, was his parade of beautifully-flowing dresses of satin and organza, draped in glossy colors that mimicked the desert sand and the Nile water, along with his closing Pharaoh-inspired body-clinging gold gown, complete with a headpiece that only model Sessilee Lopez and maybe Cleopatra herself could pull off. Overall his collection was both inventively creative and wearably chic (no "hot messes" in sight!), and convinced most runway attendees that Christian may just be the Project Runway protege to make it big-time... and the fiercest, of course.Colors:sand, tan, mocha, turquoiseSilhouettes: cape-like coats, snug-fitting pants, curve-hugging dresses, flowing rufflesCeleb Sightings: Tori Spelling, Aubrey O'Day, Nina GarciaView the slideshow to see more of his Egyptian-inspired pieces for Fall 2009!Photo Credit: Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
by Mary Kincaid
Consider for a moment that, according to the EPA, four million tons of textiles are sent to landfills each year. Four million tons! Now we vintage fashionistas are already doing our part to alleviate this particular problem, but there's always something more we can do, right? Maybe it's time to check out that consignment shop on your way home. Or to make sure you keep some paper shopping bags in your car for your next department store visit. Or to find a tailor and re-fashion a dress you were going to trash. Being green and being chic are not mutually exclusive. And vintage fashions will always carry a lower carbon footprint than any of the new eco-fashion labels. Just click the SLIDESHOW to be inspired with ten fabulous finds under $100.