NYFW: Anna Sui Marries Bohemia and the Roaring ’20s

Anna Sui took us back to one of our favorite eras for fall — the Roaring ‘20s, when Art Deco was at its peak. She sought inspiration from a variety of places including her trips to Asia, Chinoiserie motifs, and the cinema — particularly Brit musical Chu Chin Chow (1934) and Chinese-American silent film star Anna May Wong who starred in Piccadilly (1929).

The collection was filled to the brim with speakeasy staples, such as drop-waist dresses, floral silk pajamas, neck scarves, deco prints, tassel necklaces, and sumptuous boas. Sui’s bohemian sensibility came into play with her oversized Mongolian fur coats and geometric prints. The models — Karen Elson, Joan Small, Karlie Kloss, and Hanne Gaby Odiele among them — were transformed into flappers, with a heavy-handed application of burnt vermillion lipstick and pearlescent blue eyeshadow, and their hair coiffed into slicked side-swept waves. The runway music was a brilliant mix of ‘20s jazz croons and mystical psychedelic rock from up-and-comers Temples.


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