I walked into the Theatre at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night, expecting nothing less than a bold, powerful, bash of color and fashion explosion from Anna Sui. Around 6:40pm and expectedly late, photographers, editors, bloggers and everyone in between arrived and filled the room to capacity—and it was certainly a show not to be missed. Lights dimmed, a choreographed dance started, playing along to the melody of French cover band, Nouvelle Vague. As the dance concluded, the era of 60’s new age crept upon the runway. Karlie Kloss sported a psychedelic opening look in a hot pink blouse, red printed shift dress, shrunken blazer with a tie, tights and loafers to match.
Inspiration taken upon artists to musicians brought out the best of the era, resulting in 48 looks filled with luxurious gem tones of magenta, emerald, burgundy, violet, gold, and royal blue. From printed tanks, silk blouses, mod dresses, cropped jackets, fur coats, swinging capes, colored and metallic tights with socks, velvet chain quilted purses, bright loafers to leather high-knee boots and embellished pendants, the overload of textures and patterns are overjoyed, not overkilled.
Sui isn’t afraid of taking risks. That’s the way fashion should be, right? The energy was pounding throughout and we’re not talking about fashion week caffeine overdose. It was an all-white ending, with Kloss closing the show in lace; from the bonnet to the tights. Compared to last season’s 70’s romantic swingy lace dresses of florals and frills reminiscent of a springtime garden party, Sui remained true to her aesthetic. Like an outburst of a gypsy’s suitcase, the collection was a mix-matched, crazy selection of pieces thrown together. And magically, it works.
Photo Credits: Style.com