Anna Sui’s unique brand of chock-a-block patterns and offbeat inspiration are what keep her fans happy, and they should be pretty pleased with this spring collection, which had a distinctly haute hippie vibe: crocheted caftans, fringe, floral chiffon. We later heard she had the pre-Raphaelites on the brain, romantic artists of the 19th century who loved color and detail almost as much, it would seem, as Sui does.
Case in point, her first model, the flame-haired Karen Elson, who wore an earthy chiffon print dress, copper sequin cape and feather headdress (part Pocahontas, part “Game of Thrones”). An iridescent chiffon kimono with a pattern of wee sparrows looked boho-sexy over a ‘40s-inspired halter-top bikini. And then came a sweet navy linen dress with a sunburst pattern on back.
The line is always eclectic, with some unexpected additions (like the metallic sheer mesh baseball jacket, or the embroidered linen overalls) and dripping with accessories (crisscrossed long gold necklaces, gladiator boots, and, well, those feathered, garland headpieces).
The overall look seemed dressier, or a tad more refined than past years, and it paired up nicely with her guy wear (yeah, she threw a few gents on the runway in colorful, patterned garb that won’t appeal to everyone, although the velvet boxing shorts are kind of choice, and a tee with a big silver star on the front would be a slick addition to any dude’s casual wardrobe).