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Christian Siriano Wants To Be Taken Seriously As A Designer

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Christian Siriano scored a major feature in the New York Times style section this week and the things he had to say were pretty surprising.

After winning Project Runway, the designer who was associated with the word "fierce" slowly figured out it was going to be an uphill battle to convince critics he wasn't just some reality TV personality.

To change their perception, Christian brought in stylist Danielle Nachmani to help him decide what he sends down the runway.

Nachmani, who is on the opposite end of the personality spectrum than Siriano, said:

"I remember telling him, 'I think you should just do a T-shirt with this ball-gown skirt,' and he said, 'You are insane'. I took out everything that was synonymous with this hot mess persona."

Following his A/W 2011 fashion show, Christian realized she may not be so 'insane' after all because the fashion world started to respond in a positive way.

Reviews said he was on trend and publications like Italian Vogue and Marie Claire featured some of his pieces in their September issues. Nachmani adds designers may not want to appeal to editors, but at the same time you need to.

Inneresting, but good for him! We can't wait to see what he has in store for the fall.

[Image courtesy of the New York Times.]

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