The Anna Sui girl of seasons past — dressed in sweet and perky-print babydolls and prairie skirts — has got a bit of a ‘tude this season. Punk rock comes into play in a big way for this collection, from head (pink and turquoise hair) to toe (ripped fishnet stockings). Of course, this is Sui .?.?. so what could be dark or harsh is still playful and light.
Her standard print-mixing is there — leaf- and berry-print jumpsuit over a leopard-print bra; a tweed/denim/brocade jacket over a palm-print and mesh tunic and shorts; not to mention prints of lilies, wreaths, black-eyed Susans, Victorian cabbages, “warped” pansies and massive silver sunflowers.
Tulle petticoats supported flowing skirts and dresses, and leather had real impact — we loved the denim with quilted leather patches worn with a cream embroidered-tulle tunic (very Victorian, if not for the fishnet tee underneath); or the black leather studded motorcycle jacket worn with a patchworked tunic and gray fishnets.
The shoes — Ballin for Anna Sui — alternated between chunky platforms with studded straps, and patent pumps with ankle straps. And, of course, there were those hats — kind of Catwoman-inspired, with the little pointy ears, worn jauntily at an angle. We won’t fault you if you leave the hat at home.