The Scene: When I walked into the Tent, I was dumbstruck by the absolutely massive show Anna puts on; it was like walking into a football stadium. There were a staggering 20 rows, and by the time the lights went down, every seat was filled. In fact, some people were even double-booked for seats.
The Set: A beautiful pastoral scene was the backdrop for the runway, painted to look like a stained-glass window. Looking back, this was certainly a nod to the American Arts and Crafts Movement—an underlying theme for the collection.
The Front Row: Peaches Geldof (and her lavender-haired boyfriend), Tim Blanks, Joe Zee and mobs of girls bedecked in Anna’s designs.
The Models: It was a happy surprise to see Karen open and close the show—I thought for sure it would be Aggy. Instead, she followed Karen in the second look and lead her in the second-to-last. Sasha, Natasha, Abbey Lee, Snejana, Jamie, Frida, Freja, Anna S and Sessilee round out the stellar cast of models.
The Clothes: In typical Sui fashion, there was a plethora of prints. Colors and patterns swirled in the air like the hem of a dress; each look was more delightful than the last. The designer also collaborated with jeweler Erickson Beamon to create a collection of jewelry inspired by the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The handcrafted, chunky necklaces and brooches were made with actual tiles from the Detroit studio and school Pewabic Pottery.
After The Show: Joe Zee tweeted, “I can always count on Anna Sui for: a little Victorian, a little arts and crafts, a little Woodstock, a little goth. And always a lot of fun.”
I think that sums things up nicely.