Designer: Anna Sui
Location: The Theater at Lincoln Center
Crowd: Lisa Marie Presley, Sofia Coppola, Taryn Manning, Bryanboy, Patricia Field, Mickey Boardman, Corinne Bailey Rae.
Inspiration: The illustrations and photographs of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos circa 1970s France.
First Impressions: As with Seventies-era fashion, Sui's collection also contained a plethora of references to the Forties by way of flirty rompers, nipped-waist blazers, sweetheart-neckline dresses, fur chubbies and and ankle socks with wedge sandals, all rendered in the whimsical, wildly colorful prints for which she is beloved. They were worn by some of the industry's biggest girls (Karen Elson! Karlie Kloss! Jessica Stam! Joan Smalls!), all of whom also wore flirty smiles and seemed to actually be having fun on the runway. And why wouldn't they be, all decked out in their sassy, saucy finery?
Standout Piece(s): A black daisy print chiffon dress with matching turban and purple/black/white ombré marabou shrug, a heart-strewn romper beneath an embroidered denim blazer, a red lipstick/heart print dress with a sexy tulle panel encircling the torso, and a black and green fairy-print top and pants that looked like the just the thing for a modern day, Jerry Hall-does-Betty Grable fashionista. And the accessories—including two-tone striped spectator wedges, cherry-strewn espadrilles and Sui's luggage for Tumi and computer cases for BookBook—were also immensely appealing.