Saturday, February 16, 2013

Electric & Eclectic: Era of the Sixties - Anna Sui FW'13

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, a full house included photographers, press, editors, bloggers, and everyone in between as they filled to the full space capacity for the show – and it was certainly a show not to be missed. Lights dimmed, as a choreographed dance started, playing along to the melody of French cover band, Nouvelle Vague. The sounds set the stage; literally, and as the dance concluded, the era of 60’s new age crept upon the runway. Karlie Kloss, model of the moment, walked with a psychedelic opening look, decked out in a hot pink blouse and tights and loafers to match, red printed shift dress accompanied by a shrunken blazer, and finished with a mini lady tie. Oh, blunt bangs, short bob, and cat-eyed too. 
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 Karlie Kloss closing the show in all lace; from the bonnet to the tights. Compared to last season’s 70's romantic swingy lace dresses of florals and frills 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. Magically, it works.
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