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Natural beauty of Egyptian landscape inspires Christian Siriano
Feb '09
New York Fashion Designer Christian Siriano, season four winner of Bravo's Project Runway reality fashion series, debut his first-ever shoe collection with Payless ShoeSource on the runway at his ready-to-wear show at New York Fashion Week.

After presenting his first stand-alone collection for Spring 2009 at last September's shows to critical acclaim, Siriano will now expand his offerings with the Christian Siriano for Payless designer label -- his footwear and handbag collection designed to complement his RTW line. The new Payless collection will be exclusively available at Payless stores and Payless.com in September.

Christian Siriano's Fall '09 RTW collection takes its inspiration from the natural beauty of the Egyptian landscape. The golden tones of the desert and the pyramids are brought to life in the form of sculptural, but feminine sportswear. Sophisticated with a touch of drama, silhouettes featuring rich teal and turquoise recall the waters of the Nile.

The Christian Siriano for Payless styles unveiled today take Christian's sleek runway aesthetic in an edgy direction. Each of the five shoe styles -- with creative names like Slither, Saunter, SheDevil, Sand Strap and Strut -- feature Christian's unique chunky conical heel designed to look like an inverted pyramid. Handbags -- the Shanbag tote and Sassafras clutch -- coordinate with the footwear silhouettes: two ankle booties and three hidden platform pumps, with accents of pyramid studs and draped chains. Rich materials such as shiny dark brown snakeskin and Egyptian hieroglyphic teal fabric also echo Christian's Egyptian inspiration.

"Christian is a tremendously innovative and creative design talent, and his first-ever collection for Payless is a fabulous representation of his unique vision," said LuAnn Via, CEO and president of Payless ShoeSource. "His Egyptian inspiration is reflected in amazing styling details and accents, and we expect shoppers to be thrilled to have access to Christian's affordable accessories come fall."

Since his Project Runway fame, Siriano has gone on to build his label, Christian Siriano, with a strong celebrity following including Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Becki Newton and Vanessa Williams, among others.

"This is the first shoe collection I've designed and Payless has been fabulous," said Christian Siriano. "It was really incredible to have no limitation in shapes, materials or details. This is the way I think when designing my ready-to-wear pieces -- from a completely blank canvas. I can't wait to see the shoes on the runway!"

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