SS11 marked Anna Sui’s twentieth anniversary of her label, which meant there was a lot riding on her show. Aside from presenting a memorable collection for NYFW, Sui is also releasing a book this November about her work.
For Spring, Sui created a subtle collection that, while touching on classic Sui themes, still felt new and inventive. Inspired by Days of Heaven, but looking a little Andrew Wyeth meets Janis Joplin, Sui worked in a neutral, blue, lilac, peach, and black palette. Flowing gypsy dresses with aprons, adorned short-shorts, and a series of silvery white dresses were all eye-catchers.
Models wore wreath-like headwear and John Lennon glasses to match with their relaxed springtime vibe. Pre-show Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played at my delight, a perfectly calm way to set the tone for a sedately beautiful show. With such a unique vision and meticulous execution, Anna Sui’s next twenty years are likely to be just as wonderful as her first.
- STEFF YOTKA