New York Fashion Week - Anna Sui Spring / Summer '08
Excuse me for gushing yet again, but Anna Sui's NY Fashion Week show had me cooing as much as Marc Jacobs, albeit for very different reasons. While Marc's show was a slightly crazy show with an equally insane running order, Anna Sui's was pure unadulterated fun, with models who smiled, had punky stripes in their hair and and wore outfits that somehow merged the 30s with the 70s.
Sui concentrated on funky prints, great colour combos and mixing textures like chiffon and denim, silk and sequins, for a beautiful collection that put a modern spin on very retro shapes. Though hard to wear in reality, the high-waisted hotpants teamed with puff-sleeved blouses and layered tops were really cute, as were the signature printed dresses in diaphanous fabrics.
Easy tailoring was gorgeous too, with great wide-leg high waisted trousers teamed with waistcoats and 3/4 sleeve jackets. puffed sleeves, bows and scarves kept the look feminine and not too Bugsy Malone. The shoes had a 70s vibe - high platforms and perspex chunky heels.
Finally there were pretty day dresses and feathery evening styles which harked back a little earlier than the rest of the collection. With flapper-ish dropped waists and silver embellishment, they reminded me of Chanel couture creations (but probably only cost a month's rent instead of a year's).