POPSUGAR: How does it feel to be the muse of this show?
Candice Huffine: It's an honor to be the muse of this show, to have such an incredible performance piece to open the show, and really just get back into the fashion scene in such a fun way with someone whom I love so much, Mr. Christian Siriano.
PS: Tell us about your looks today.
CH: I love my looks today. I wore a fabulous plaid coat with a hot pink lining, which I can just tell is going to be the color of the season — mark my words, mark Christian's words. And now this little two-piece number in a leopard sparkle fabric, which, say no more. It has "my favorite" written all over it. This is a me dress.
PS: When did you and Christian first meet?
CH: Christian and I have known each other for a very long time. Fun fact: we are from the same town in Maryland, so we go way back. I wouldn't miss a thing Christian Siriano does. I adore him.
PS: As a New York transplant, what do you think it will take for the city to bounce back?
CH: The city is absolutely bouncing back — it's resilient, it's home, it's where I made all my dreams come true. I grew up with this city; this city will never be knocked down. This city's the greatest place on earth, so wait for the comeback, baby! It also hasn't gone anywhere, let's just be real about that. But I know we're coming back stronger and better than ever, as we always do.
PS: What's the first thing you're going to do when the pandemic is over?
CH: Go to a live concert. I really miss dancing, jumping up and down, getting sweaty. But I will say, it wasn't until today that I realize how much I actually miss this environment. This was one of the more surreal and very cool experiences of my 2021 and I'm happy to be back.
PS: What has been your favorite part of working with Christian?
CH: Glamour's back. I put on a heel for the first time in forever, I got incredible makeup and hair done, and it feels right. It feels like I'm back home, to be honest. And I'm really excited that the world hopefully will be coming to a more inspiring and healthy and vibrant place in the near future, and we'll have all these great places to wear these great clothes.
PS: Can you give us your honest opinion of the term "plus-size?"
CH: I think you can use whatever word that you want to describe a curvy body, as long as you see that body everywhere: in all media, all magazines, all runways, all television, all movies, everywhere. Because the fashion industry needs to match the world that we live in. So call me whatever you want — just call me!
Look ahead to get a closer look at Christian Siriano's fall/winter 2021 collection.