Anna Sui is one of the most celebrated names in fashion history, known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally inspired collections. She was named one of the “Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade” and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), joining the ranks of Yves St Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Diane von Furstenberg. Her worldwide luxury fashion brand includes clothing, shoes, cosmetics, eye-wear, and accessories, as well as her renowned line of signature fragrances. Anna Sui products are sold through her free-standing stores and distributors around the world in over 50 countries.
By the time she was four years old, Sui knew she wanted to be a designer. As a teen, she read an article in Life Magazine about a girl who graduated from Parsons design school in New York and then moved to Paris- where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton opened the girl a boutique. As Sui recalls, “As a kid, you think ‘wow’, you’ve found the magic ticket…all you have to do was move to New York and go to Parsons.”Years later, when Sui went back and re-read the article, she realized the girl’s father was the legendary photographer, Irving Penn. Sui moved to New York and attended Parsons.
collection: Reported by Rolling magazine
One of New York fashion’s veteran rocker chicks, Sui rarely lets a collection pass without some sort of musical stamp worked in. For this season’s 45-look collection, she was compelled by what seemed to be, at a cursory glance, two mutually exclusive influences: French antique doyenne Madeleine Castaing’s vast body of interior decor work and Sui’s own rip-it-to-shreds days as a Seventies punk kid in New York and London.
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