Thursday 22 February 2018

New York Fashion Week: Anna Sui spring/summer 2011

Anna Sui
Anna Sui

Hilary Alexander

In a seventies-inspired collection, the mood at Anna Sui was sweet, nostalgic, folksy and homespun.

The 1970s have been something of a recurring trend at New York Fashion Week . But where others merely dabble in the shallows, you can rely on Anna Sui to dive right in and plumb the depths of memory lane - and still come up smelling of roses.

If you are a minimalist, then you'd be well-advised to steer clear; Anna Sui is obviously not, as they used to say, back in the day, "your bag".

She launched her own brand in 1991, retains the philosophy of the unreconstructed hippie, and makes no secret of the fact.

"I love the 70s. I love that era, the music, the clothes".

Effortlessly, season after season, she mines another seam of the era that gave us Woodstock and flower power.

For spring/summer 2011, Sui took a trip to Laurel Canyon, like Haight-Ashbury, a haven for hippies, but, more specifically, where the singer Joni Mitchell had a home, and which inspired at least two Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young songs.

The mood was sweet, nostalgic, folksy and homespun. Hand-crocheted, "granny square" cardigans and ponchos, over chiffon and cotton "maxi" dresses, in a patchwork of florals, paisleys and Liberty prints.

The models wore aprons, smocks and pinafores, or feathered tunics, with floaty flares. All were accessorised with chunky boots and socks, feathers and bead necklaces and earrings, and, even, flowers in their hair.

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