What inspired you for fall 2012?
I am inspired this season by the new Alexander Girard book by Todd Oldham and the new Charles and Ray Eames documentary, The Architect and the Painter. Also, I was looking at the charming illustrations of Walter and Naiad Einsel, and John Alcorn from the same period.
How does this play out in terms of colors, materials and shapes?
The strong colors come directly from the work of Alexander Girard, who established the iconic colors palette of the 1960s; fuchsia and orange, turquoise and lime. My prevailing silhouette is reminiscent of that period's chemise dresses.
What music did you listen to while designing this collection?
The Best of the Girl Groups—Rhino Collection (Volumes 1 and 2).
What do you look for when casting your show?
It is like casting a movie. I definitely have a specific character in mind who is the ideal woman of the time or theme that is influencing me.
How do you stay energized/balanced in the weeks leading up to NYFW?
It's the ongoing process that keeps me going. One idea leads to the next, excitement builds as finished pieces start trickling in, everything starts coming together. It's a thrill.
What other show(s) are you looking forward to seeing this season?
Marc Jacobs, always.
How do you plan to unwind after Fashion Week?
Visit with my family.
Anna Sui will show her fall 2012 collection on Wednesday, February 15th at The Theatre at Lincoln Center.