Willow Shields on Sitting Front Row at Christian Siriano: "It's Exciting"
Saturday afternoon Christian Siriano kicked off his Fall 2016 show to the beat of Rihanna's "Desperado" jam, one of the ultra badass tracks off her new Anti album. But it wasn't the music that caught our attention. Yes, the mix of brightly colored (think mustard and crimson), geometric blouses with tailored trousers and strategically embellished ruffled and sheer gowns were cause for Instagram moments aplenty, but it's the designer's front row that proved he's a bonafide red carpet favorite.
The mix of A-list beauties seated included Coco Rocha, Jaime King, and Willow Shields. For the 15-year-old Hunger Games star, Siriano always delivers what she's in search of. "I love him! I've loved his stuff for a long time. I've started to create a personal connection with him. He's done a custom design for me in the past and I just love his clothes," she told InStyle after the final model hit the runway. As for his autumnal selection, she was impressed. "I loved the colors and I also loved all the knit, the big scarves and everything about it was very innovative—something I've never seen before, which is really exciting. Just those bright colors were extremely exciting."
An obvious level of glamour surrounds the front row spectacle, but Shields isn't exactly used to it. "You can't see anything! So that's one of the weirdest things, but it's exciting," she says of the crush of photographers that can surface and strike at any moment. "It's a strange feeling and I feel like I never know when I'm actually being photographed. That's the only scary part 'cause I'm like, 'Wait, are you? Wait, it's all of us? I was not paying attention!' So that's the only hard part but it's a lot of fun."
And though many front row regulars typically hit the stream of New York Fashion Week parties that flow into the early hours of the morning, Shields's post-show plans are much like that of any other teenager's. She was hoping to squeeze in a viewing of Zoolander 2 after the show. "I want to go tonight and brave the cold and watch it in the movie theater. I'm gonna do it!" she said. "The first one was such a great movie. It's literally the funniest thing I've ever seen, so I can't wait to see the next one."