Anna Sui’s designs swing young and engagingly rock ’n’ roll; her image, edgy (never mind that, in fact, she’s plenty grounded). The walls of her showroom pulse with girly Goth deep purple. She dresses mostly in black, her long bangs nearly obscuring her eyes. No, Sui is not your typical lifetime achievement award winner. Rather, she is the first designer of the downtown persuasion to be so honored by the CFDA. The award recognizes Sui’s impressive trajectory in fashion and also the evolution of an industry that not all that long ago viewed young-and-cool as an essential, but often irritating, little sister to more grown-up mainstream American fashion.
This world has indeed changed dramatically since Sui set up shop in 1980, and she has been at the forefront of the evolution. Her fashion obsession started strong — growing up in Detroit, she once determined to go an entire year without repeating an outfit — and early on became entwined with her love of rock ’n’ roll music. “It’s all part of the same fantasy,” she says. So much so that when approaching a collection, Sui researches music as voraciously as fabrics.
An unofficial expert on pop culture past and present and a museum and flea market fanatic, Sui takes inspiration from diverse sources: Yves Saint Laurent, Aubrey Beardsley, the late-19th-century Aesthetic Movement, even Busby Berkeley (whose spectaculars she likens to glam rock: “To me it was the same, flirty and fun, with lots of color”), and, for her upcoming Target Designer Collaborations collection, the “Gossip Girl” contingent. Yet whatever the particulars, the overall mood typically salutes the Sixties and Seventies. “That was the initial spark,” she notes. “I thought the world would always be like that, full of revolutionary ideas.”
Sui has parlayed that spark into an unusual global business, managing quite remarkably to stay independent, apart from three distribution partnerships in Asia. The Anna Sui brand now encompasses ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes and beauty, including a whopping 12 fragrances (eight still in circulation, with another set to launch this fall). Yet her legacy-in-the-making already stands for even more. Sui, who sources and produces most of her collection in New York, has spearheaded the Save the Garment Center movement, becoming its heart and soul. “It’s what I know,” she says. “It’s what I love.”
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)