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We get the Led out at least once a week, so when we learned that the ornamental prints that glided across Anna Sui’s runway were inspired by our beloved Jimmy Page’s hoard of tapestries, we were extra enthused about this season’s offerings. Paige collected the pieces from Pre-Raphaelite deity Edward Burne-Jones, and his collection was on display at Tate’s Pre-Raph retrospective earlier this year. Sui went, saw, and just like that, her vision for spring was born.
Anna Sui‘s runway is one that we look forward to each season because it’s genuinely a lot of fun. Happy models, pretty clothes, a chill atmosphere, and BS-free front row — now that’s our kind of show. Last night, Sui did what she does best with a great collection of clothes inspired by the ’60s in France, and a big group of top models.
Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful past times” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing Anna Sui‘s Fairy Dance.
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?
The Anna Sui show is always one of Fashion Week‘s most fun. It’s the show where you can bank on the the industry’s top models — Karlie, Arizona, Lindsey, Daphne, Jess — walking in flashy, colorful creations to high-octane music. It’s a show that reminds you that fashion can (and should) be fun.
This week was all about weddings and proms! Because it’s spring! We saw Karl Lagerfeld in the flesh, celebrated Kanye‘s bold fashion choices, and speculated about John Galliano‘s replacement. There was also a whole lot of plastic surgery talk.
Remember the global economic down turn and the real estate bubble bursting? Yeah, Anna Sui doesn’t. The designer just bought another apartment to add on to the gigantic pad she owns in New York City’s Greenwich village neighborhood (which is already a combination of two apartments) for $2.3 million.
Last night we forwent our plans to have a quiet night at home and headed to Opening Ceremony‘s outpost at New York’s Ace Hotel, where celebrities of every stripe assembled to fete the launch of Target‘s GO International Design Collective. We reported last month that Target would be bringing back a sort of greatest hits collection of the designer collaborations they’ve done over the years, and the dresses that will hit stores again this month were out in full force — both on display and on the fabulous people who attended the party.
Not only did we go backstage before Anna Sui‘s fall 2011 show, we also got to stay and watch the runway spectacle. And it was fun. Thank you, Anna, for reminding us why we love going to fashion shows.
Sometimes fashion shows can feel like a quick hit high, a cheap thrill. You wait about 30 minutes for a show to start, and then you watch models parade down the catwalk for 10, and then it’s over. That’s it. But getting to see all the action that goes on behind-the-scenes makes a show that much sweeter (and makes you appreciate it that much more).
On Thursday night, Alber Elbaz and his game-changing collection for Lanvin Hearts H&M checked into New York City’s Pierre Hotel, where fashionistas, fashion bloggers, and fashion designers feted the line’s launch with a couture show and shopping party fit for a queen.
From the summery straw hats at Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta to the the touches of 1950s Americana at Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior, the resort collections were ladylike, fun and evocative of a life by the sea in. Albeit a very, very wealthy one.
Gossip Girl and fashion go hand in hand. Not an episode goes by without drooling over one of Blaire’s parisian-chic coats or Serena’s sexy couture minis. The cast has influenced the way viewers dress and even given designers an idea or two (remember Anna Sui’s Gossip Girl-inspired collection for Target?) Now, designer Matthew Williamson wants in on the gossip.
To be inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America is like winning an Oscar. And just like the nominations for the Academy Awards, the fashion community waits breathlessly to discover who is to be honored and, more importantly, who is to be recognized as the latest and greatest in fashion.