Anna Sui Spring 2012: A Forties Fashion Fantasy

This week’s many wild prints, bright colors and feminine silhouettes had nothing on Anna Sui, perhaps because that’s always been what she does best. The vibe at last night's show was cinematic, decadent and high-energy, with loud disco tunes and dramatic spotlights. Karen Elson was the perfect show-opener. We hadn’t seen her all week, except as musician-Karen, when she gave us a taste of her undeniable ability to captivate an audience. She did it again last night as model-Karen--we were transfixed by her red curls, bright red lips and a maximalist, fully accessorized look that included a fur caplet, black turban, digitally printed floral shirtdress and pink, red and purple checkered sweatervest. A bevy of superstar models followed like Karlie Kloss, Jessica Stam and Jourdan Dunn. Also, Lindsey Wixson’s gap-toothed, red-lipped smiles were particularly memorable.
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This week’s many wild prints, bright colors and feminine silhouettes had nothing on Anna Sui, perhaps because that’s always been what she does best. The vibe at last night's show was cinematic, decadent and high-energy, with loud disco tunes and dramatic spotlights. Karen Elson was the perfect show-opener. We hadn’t seen her all week, except as musician-Karen, when she gave us a taste of her undeniable ability to captivate an audience. She did it again last night as model-Karen--we were transfixed by her red curls, bright red lips and a maximalist, fully accessorized look that included a fur caplet, black turban, digitally printed floral shirtdress and pink, red and purple checkered sweatervest. A bevy of superstar models followed like Karlie Kloss, Jessica Stam and Jourdan Dunn. Also, Lindsey Wixson’s gap-toothed, red-lipped smiles were particularly memorable.
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This week’s many wild prints, bright colors and feminine silhouettes had nothing on Anna Sui, perhaps because that’s always been what she does best. The vibe at last night's show was decadent, cinematic and high-energy, with loud disco tunes and dramatic spotlights.

Karen Elson was the perfect show-opener. We hadn’t seen her all week, except as musician-Karen, when she gave us a taste of her undeniable ability to captivate an audience. She did it again last night as model-Karen--we were transfixed by her red curls, bright red lips and a maximalist, fully accessorized look that included a fur caplet, black turban, digitally printed floral shirtdress and pink, red and purple checkered sweatervest. A bevy of superstar models followed like Karlie Kloss, Jessica Stam and Jourdan Dunn. Also, Lindsey Wixson’s gap-toothed, red-lipped smiles were particularly memorable.

The collection started out vibrant, with reds, purples and florals, as is typical of Anna, but while I usually feel some of her designs can be overdone, I didn’t with this collection. Perhaps because some the looks were so bold, and the feel of the show so cinematic that they all just felt like costumes--from the multi-colored socks to the turbans and pom-poms in the hair. However, I wasn’t fond of the more overtly patriotic looks with sailor hats--a bit too gimmicky. Still, there were wearable pieces--ladylike printed dresses with ruffly sleeves and flouncy skirts, tie neck blouses and silk rompers. The lacey, romantic confections in neutrals and blacks that came out at the end of the show were my personal favorite. In a way, they were equally as decadent, but in a quieter way and Anna did some truly gorgeous things with the lace.

Overall, there wasn’t much everyday-wear and I’m not sure what to say about the turbans--they were also at Karen Walker and while I don’t think we’ll see a lot of people wearing them (kind of like those cat hats from last season), they fit perfectly within Anna’s ‘40s-meets-’70s fashion fantasy world. Click through for all the looks!

**All images: Imaxtree