While it is probably one of the busiest, crowded, and most expensive ($$$$) places in the world, I truly am grateful to live in NYC – the home of my fashion inspiration. As I was preparing for an upcoming gala, I visited The Curated NYC this weekend. The flagship boutique of the body affirming designer, Christian Siriano, who has rightfully earned recognition for his commitment to dressing the diverse sizes of the modern woman. Yesssss!!!! A point of trivia, this 1920s property was once the office of Cary Grant – totally explains the cinematic vibe of the space. The moment you enter, you are immediately transformed into a world of glamour by the visual stimulation of ornate floral arrangements and walls discretely covered in precious hues of pink, purple, and ivory. FABULOUS. Each room is a showcase of red-carpet beads, baubles, and jewels displayed alongside Siriano’s latest collection of body-universal styles. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the uber insightful Siriano team members who wait on your every request – at your ready are a library of look books from all of Siriano’s collections – while gently reminding you that each item can be customized to your size and style direction. Imagine that; you get to do a remake of a Siriano look. Love it!!!
Siriano personally selects the featured designers while also meticulously creating the perfect presentation by filling each room with plush carpets and cozy seating arrangements. I felt like I was in my dressing room at home – then I was reminded that my whole apartment was the size of the fitting room (such an NYC reality). Tastefully, throughout this multi-brand boutique, you can find luxury womenswear, ready-to-wear, accessories, fragrances, vintage home décor, and gifts. When the weather is cooperating, you can even sip on a spiced latte at the quaint outdoor café.
While I was an economics major in college, I always wondered what would have happened had I studied interior design. I have a real passion for details like original crown molding, winding staircases, polished doorknobs and hardware, and jaw-dropping chandeliers. Well, Curated NYC has that and more. It is a visual wonderland of all things grand with a twist of fashion whimsy.
Oh, I can’t forget the original artwork. As one of the Siriano fashion ambassadors so politely reminded me, the portraits of Lady Gaga and Laverne Cox were the same images shown on the runway during a Siriano Fashion Week show. Who knew? I’m still trying to get an invite to a Siriano show. Oh well, there is always next season.
If you are looking for fashion inspiration, spend an afternoon in the Siriano paradise. You will not be disappointed.