Anna Sui’s Show Was Well-Timed To The Met’s Forthcoming Exhibit

Anna Sui is known for her cute, whimsical, and often musically-influenced wares — and for never taking fashion too seriously. Yesterday evening, she stayed true to her canon with a collection of sweet and punk ensembles inspired by French antique dealer and interior decorator Madeleine Castaing and 1970s punk scene. Did she know about the Met Costume Institute‘s upcoming exhibit beforehand?

While waiting for the show to start, we spotted more editors (and one crasher who refused to leave) in the front row than celebrities, and unsurprisingly, every one had a smile on his or her face before it even started. Paper‘s Mickey Boardman attributed this to the healthy-looking models that Sui often uses and the music. Boardman told us that the music is the most important thing he looks for in a fashion show because it sets the mood. (FYI: the soundtrack to Sui’s show was a remix of The Ramones‘ “I Wanna be Sedated” and some French jams.)

The whole collection was totally on point — prints on prints on prints, lux embellishments, ripped fishnet tops, tough motorcycle jackets, and sprightly cat-ear hats, and all in every shade of the rainbow. Models even sported pink or blue hairpieces, which were worked into side-swept bangs and pulled into ponytails with their real tresses. Between the colorful streaks at Oscar de la Renta and these pieces at Sui, it looks like cotton candy-colored hair is going to be a big spring trend. Or editorially, at least.

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