Much like fellow fashion veteran Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui doesn’t set out to change the fashion landscape. While fun is guaranteed, each season she concentrates on one thing: staying true to herself. Usually this means exploring some new iteration of the hippie heyday, but this time around it was all 40s. By way of the 70s, that is.
Sui’s inspiration was the late and legendary fashion figure Antonio Lopez, whose colorful illustrations filled the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar during the disco era, and who ran with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, YSL and Grace Jones, who he’s said to have discovered. The influence was evident in a glamourous, Studio 54-ready melange of waist-nipped silhouettes, turbans and hair wraps (courtesy of James Coviello), furs (yes, for spring!), jumpsuits, spectator shoes, and fringed hot pants. Sui’s trademark deep purple was joined by red, green and blue, and an array of sparkle and prints—hearts, stars, florals—making it a feast for the eyes.