PHOTOS: Christian Siriano’s Bold, Bright Ball Gowns

When you think of Christian Siriano, the words “hot tranny mess” come to mind. To many, the irreverent designer may be better known for his outrageous personality than for his clothing. We think that’s about to change.

“And this season, because it’s spring, feels more lighthearted—you don’t have to take it so seriously,” Siriano told the Observer, regarding his latest collection. But he shouldn’t sell himself short — this collection is serious. Composed mostly of dresses (mini, gown-length and in-between), the designs are simply beautiful. The palate is rich and effusive, with tones of red, teal and brown throughout. A few carmel-colored leather pieces provide a edgy contrast to the dresses’ flowy fabrics.

We are especially taken with the prints Siriano used. According to the Observer:

His textiles show more  maturity as well—Mr. Siriano fell in love with a book on China and its Buddhist temples, but, not wanting to appear overly religious, he manipulated a photograph of temple artwork into an abstract print, which pops up in pieces throughout the collection.

Though we must say, there is something about the colors, volume and general vibe that reminds us of a softer version of Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2010 collection. What do you think?

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