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‘Project Runway’ Mentor Christian Siriano Dishes On Michelle Obama’s Style

Michelle Obama (right) suits up in a custom Christian Siriano (left) look. AP

If anyone knows how to help former first lady Michelle Obama make it work, it’s Christian Siriano. “She’s having even more fun with fashion now,” the designer and new “Project Runway” mentor tells Threads. Obama recently stepped out during her book tour in a superglam black brocade pantsuit custom-made by Siriano. “She’s remembering that life is short and fashion is fashion — there are no rules anymore.”

Siriano will be dishing out more of his sage fashion wisdom in Bravo’s reboot of “Project Runway,” premiering March 14, where the former contestant will advise the competitors on their creations. “It’s very important to be very authentically you,” he says.

And to know what criticism to take — and what to ignore. Last month, Siriano swiftly pulled two gowns from his collection after fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada accused the label of ripping off dresses from Valentino’s spring couture show; Siriano blamed another designer in his studio for the faux pas and explained that it’s not possible for him to make every dress himself.

“I think there’s definitely some cases where [Diet Prada] gives completely unintelligent remarks because they’re just looking at a photo for two seconds,” he says, adding that he personally avoids looking at other designers’ collections so as not to be influenced by them. But Siriano says that sometimes the whistleblowing deserves action. “It’s all about the balance.”

Source: New York Post

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