It’s fair to say that Anna Sui is having a moment. Sure the lifestyle she sent out last night happened to be perfectly on-trend this season, what with the conversational prints and retro romance, but it’s that lifestyle with it’s attention to detail that is so quintessentially Sui that feels particularly fresh. At a preview several days before the show, she waxed poetic about her inspiration, the famed fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and his time in Paris during the Seventies. It was a heady, decadent time but also when vintage clothing first became en vogue. “I wanted to capture that amazing energy,” said Sui.
All of this collided in a wondrous romp on the runway. First in a Forties vintage vibe featuring colorful feather chubbies, bow blouses with flouncy skirts, and jumpsuits worn with matching turbans and socks with striped Hush Puppies. The prints were riotous from stars and bows, to flowers and fairies, to chickens and rabbits, and graced everything from the clothes to all manners of accessories. Then came the girly bits that felt positively naughty with their sheer midriffs and lacy trimmed tap pants, a big plastic heart on a chain bobbing from the model’s necks as she trotted along. But don’t misunderstand, these weren’t costumes, there was real wearability here in all those great day dresses and swingy separates. There is also a new license with Tumi that rolled on by, as well as an iPad cover in collaboration with BookBook — the latter fitting for the new tome coming out on Lopez by Sui’s pals Mauricio and Roger Padilha with Rizzoli later this year.