Anna Sui Spring 2014 Collection Review
When Karen Elson opened the Anna Sui show in a fairy like golden headdress, I had a feeling we might be seeing one of Anna Sui’s best shows yet. The collection felt like a sweet rebellion, transformative taking us to a time of woodland fairies.
As each look took the catwalk, the storytelling of her inspiration unfolded molding modern with a dreamy Pre Raphealite past. The narrative of the tale unveiled thru finely spun billowy jacquards flitting down the runway.
“For Spring 2014, I am looking at English Pre-Raphaelite paintings. I was initially inspired by a dazzling exhibition at the Tate Museum in London” indicated Sui for her inspiration of the collection.
Turns out that Sui’s inspirations were drawn on from a collection of Pre-Raphaelite pieces collected by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin in a curation at the Tate recently. This seems the perfect combo with her romantic Pre-Raph vision giving aude to the late 60’s and early 70’s with fringes, vests and tunic like shapes complemented by macrame like crochets.
Ethereal adornments of romantic jewelry were worn together with tresses topped with headpieces on waves of braids undone. The beauty details of dewey makeup and shimmering copper eyeshadow with the occasional electric blue eye added to the enchantment.
The pre raphaelites were said to have the belief that art could change society, which reminded me of Sui when she noted “I want to bring back poetry to the way we dress.”
The elaborate yet modern jacquards were emblazoned with shimmering sparkles of subtle metallics feeling equal part fairy in the pattern work and equal part refined flower child in the styling.
“Everything is flecked with antique gold, or shot with peacock shades of metallic thread … an entire enchanted forest filled with sparrows and songbirds, blooming with poppies, water lilies, sunflowers … embroideries and antique wallpaper patterns reproduced photographically in digital prints,” said Sui.
The looks were modernized beyond dresses highlighting shorts paired back to airy, decorated tunic shapes.
The color palette felt like that of the artists canvases, and Sui was said to have referenced the lavender and lilac colors along with the berry like mauve paired back to “tea-dipped linens” directly from the artists that inspired her.
Adding a bit of renassiance to nyfw, we left the show we were still in the dreamlike narrative.
Wouldn’t you love to see her inspiration boards for this collection?