Listening to Anna Sui talk through her inspirations each season — always so lush and layered with references culled from her travels, music and artists — is a trip. The designer took one herself earlier this year, to London, where she saw the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Tate Modern. Wouldn’t you know it, Jimmy Page’s collection of tapestries was part of the show, and voila, the idea for Sui’s spring lineup was born.
She sent out 51 looks in copper wallpaper prints and sienna nouveau florals. They were trimmed with fringe and embroideries, some with a scarf draped across one shoulder, others with medallions dripping from their necks.
It was a heady look with, for example, an indigo jacquard cross-over top paired with drawstring pants and a mammoth beaded necklace and cuff, and a watercolor-washed taffeta jacket with a pretty sparrow print dress and embellished sandals. In Sui’s hands, more really was more.