Fashion designer, Christian Siriano has teamed up with Bombay Saphhire Gin to create a cocktail inspired capsule collection. I chatted with the famous designer Christian to find out more about this new special couture collection that pays homage to legendary gin cocktails.
Designed to follow the debut of Siriano’s French 75-inspired haute couture gown from his 15th anniversary New York Fashion Week (NYFW) show in September, the capsule collection pays homage to legendary gin cocktails inclusive of the Bombay Martini, Gin & Tonic, and Collins. Proving that inspiration can be found anywhere, the collection also continues the legacy of Bombay Sapphire’s “Saw This, Made This” campaign series, where creatives reimagine cocktail culture through their own artistic mediums – this time through the lens of innovative silhouettes, color palettes, and design.
Literally and figuratively embodying cocktail party couture, the collection contains three pieces – a purse inspired by the Bombay Martini, complete with transparent fabric and olive motifs, a playful and elegant blouse to honor the Bombay Gin & Tonic, and a shimmering gold blazer to bring the Bombay Collins to life. Each piece offers a different way to express yourself at the holiday party this year and is the perfect gift for fashion and spirits lovers alike this holiday season. The collection will be available to purchase on ChristianSiriano.com.
How did you end up partnering with Bombay Sapphire Gin for the cocktail inspired capsule holiday collection?
Partnering with Bombay Sapphire for the ‘Saw This, Made This’ campaign has been an exhilarating journey that merges my natural affinity for the brand’s gin with my passion for pushing creative boundaries in design. This collaboration allowed me to translate classic gin cocktail culture into holiday fashion, resulting in a collection that redefines cocktail attire for the holiday season.
Why was it appealing to partner with Bombay Sapphire as a brand?
Bombay Sapphire has been a champion of the arts for over 30 years. As a creative, it was a no-brainer to be a part of the ‘Saw This, Made This’ campaign and partner with Bombay Sapphire to take inspiration from everyday things that exist all around us and turn them into something remarkable – in this case, taking iconic Bombay Sapphire gin cocktails and creating a first-of-its-kind cocktail attire collection.
What inspired you to design your French 75 themed haute couture gown?
I designed the Bombay French 75-inspired couture gown to truly capture the lively pop of bubbles, the refreshing dash of lemon, and the vibrant character of Bombay Sapphire that makes the French 75 cocktail so iconic. I’ve carefully crafted every detail, from the champagne-kissed sheer chiffon to the fabric dyed with Bombay Sapphire. The result is a gown that exudes a natural effervescence like the drink. I can’t describe how thrilled I was to showcase this piece at my NYFW show this year.
What was your approach in designing items in the collection?
I was inspired by the captivating shapes, vibrant colors, and ambiance of iconic Bombay Sapphire gin cocktails. I crafted a trio of garments and a mini clutch that promises to elevate anyone’s presence at festive gatherings. The collection intends to show that inspiration can come from anywhere, especially the unexpected.
Bombay Sapphire Classic Martini : Clutch A chic, playful clutch inspired by the Bombay Sapphire Classic Martini, shaped like the iconic cocktail and featuring subtle olive motifs—an elevated accessory for those seeking a touch of whimsy this holiday season.
Bombay & Tonic Blouse: A shimmering blouse with pearl-white buttons down the front, capturing the effervescence of the Bombay Gin & Tonic – a holiday classic form that can be tailored according to the occasion. Blue and white flowers around the collar serve as a stylish accouterment whose essence is also captured in the accompanying cocktail ice.
Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Collins Blazer: A celebratory gold blazer with straight lines embodying the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Collins cocktail and its signature glass—sophistication with a festive touch, featuring a pop of Bombay Sapphire’s signature blue color.
How has your fashion style changed over your 15 year career?
I think I have grown as the people who wear my designs have grown, so I look less at the trends and more at what my consumers want, a celebration of beauty, body, shape, and gender. A big focus of mine became making sure that anybody can feel fabulous, gorgeous, and enjoy my couture pieces, no matter what.
What piece is your favorite in the new collection, the purse, blouse or blazer?
Deciding on a favorite from this collection is no easy feat, considering each piece holds its own iconic charm. However, my choice tends to sway depending on my drinking occasion. When savoring a classic martini, the Bombay Sapphire Classic Martini Purse becomes an irresistible choice, perfectly embodying the essence of the cocktail. Yet, when my mood leans towards a Collins, the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Collins Blazer effortlessly captures that vibe, making it my go-to piece for any occasion.
How would you wear each piece?
All these pieces are the perfect complement to any holiday party you are hosting or attending. If I were going out and drinking Bombay Sapphire martini’s all night, I would definitely bring the Classic Martini clutch. The same goes for the blouse; if you are rocking gin and tonics all night, the Bombay & Tonic Blouse complements any party look. But if I were hosting, I would definitely wear the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Collins Blazer. From the sparkles to that gorgeous gold shine, it is just perfect and would go with the signature cocktail of the night, which would have to be the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Collins.
What are some of your tips for hosting and dressing for a cocktail party? Do you have any recipes with Bombay Sapphire Gin?
Specialty cocktails are an absolute must-have for me at any festive gathering, especially during the holidays. My current go-to selections for creating the perfect tablescape include playful spins on classic favorites like the Bombay Sapphire French 75, Classic Martini, Gin & Tonic, and Ultimate Collins. These cocktails served as the primary wellspring of inspiration for my limited-edition capsule collection, designed specifically for this holiday season.
Speaking of themes, they’re a key ingredient in crafting unforgettable holiday parties. This year, I’m contemplating an exciting idea to tie in my collection celebration: encouraging guests to dress inspired by their favorite holiday cocktail. This not only helps to guide party guests aesthetically but also gives them the opportunity to explore their own creativity through the lens of fashion and have fun with their own styling.