Anna Sui is known to be whimsical and cutesy, but this collection seemed at times like a line of clothing for little girls. With children’s’ voices on the soundtrack, models strutted down the runway in adorable layers of jewel-tone prints — but what really made them seem like over-dressed schoolgirls were the accessories. About half of the models sported colorful yarn hats with fringe on top, such as in frog-like green. Yes, we mean the hats that you can find at every street vendor in New York. They were shockingly casual and, sometimes bedazzled with shiny patches, they distracted the eye from the clothes (but not to the extent, thank goodness, of Marc Jacobs’ hats this season).
The little girl aesthetic was played up in Sui’s frequently used tea-bag shaped silhouettes, in 1960′s-like prints paired with colored tights. But this little girl is no Lolita — there was an air of carefree innocence, playful but prim. The strongest pieces in the collection were the outerwear — from a velvet navy cape to 1970′s-esque fur-trimmed velvet coats — and the last two pieces of the show, which brought the collection firmly into the adult world: a blue tunic and a white tunic, flowing, airy and gleaming.
Irrepressibly cute, Anna Sui never fails to be memorable — or fun. (But if you want that hat look, you can save a lot of money by going to your street corner and getting one from a peddler there for about ten dollars.)
-Paula Rosine Long
Designer Website: www.annasui.com