SUNO, a breakout star of AW10 and a member of the Fashionista 15, had a lot of expectations to meet for their sophomore presentation. Last season they created the largest buzz of NYFW with their African textiles and clunky platform shoes.
For SS11 the label forged on, with a more global outlook on fashion. Inspired by the Ballets Russes, Japanese prints, and Swahili writing, SUNO branched out far beyond the borders of Kenya, now producing their looks in New York and India as well.
So how has this globalization of sorts affected a brand best known for it’s African imports?
Well, it’s proven that SUNO is no one trick pony. Able to synthesize design concepts from around the world, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty developed SUNO into a label filled with wearable and fun pieces. Standout looks ranged from a miss-matched bathing suit (SUNOs first foray into swimwear), a sequin dress over a plaid button-down, and a flowing white dress fit for a hip bride.
Stellar platforms and sandals by Loeffler Randall caught every editor’s eye, while cute toppers by Albertus Swanepoel completed most looks. Jewelry by Lizzie Fortunato was also amazing, with round beads a bracelets with Swahili writing, which proclaim SUNO’s mantra of sorts, “It’s like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.”
**All photos by Julia Silverman