Anna Sui's Bright Prints And Smiling Owls Light Up The Runway

anna sui nyfw fall 2012

A model tableau opens Anna Sui's Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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Leave it to Anna Sui to throw some sunny happiness on these New York Fashion Week proceedings. Her fall 2012 show was all about bright color, vivid florals, owls (*hoot*), and the happiest models we've ever seen. From the opening model tableau to the parade of sprites with spring in their steps, the collection was all about schoolyard Kool-Aid fun times with a dash of '60s styling, some '70s inspiration, and enough argyle sassiness to start a pep rally (holla). Did we mention the show also included Sui's new handbag collaboration with Coach? And that she's designing bedding for spring? It was all so brash and jovial that we (and most of Twitter) decreed it the most delightful show at #NYFW.

anna sui nyfw fall 2012

Anna Sui Fall 2012 at New York Fashion Week.
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We can't say enough about how refreshing it is to see models smiling or throwing sass-'tude to photographers at the end of the runway. Anna Sui's show is always about girly fun with a hint of rock and roll, and we loved that her models smiled during the spring show, too. While the peppy countenances alone got us into the clothes for fall, it was the splattering of electric blue, flaming orange, teal, oxblood, and hot pink along with dark shimmering kaftans, playful prints, and numerous knitted owl hats that truly lifted our spirits. Nylon revealed that James Coviello designed the hats, which were of the tasseled ski cap variety. Owls even made it onto jackets and were hinted at in the oversized, circular glasses some of the super cute nerd-core models wore. The whole collection felt like a trip back in time to a poppy wallpapered romper room boarding school where cobalt blue eye shadow is part of the uniform and Peter Pan collars are worn every day.

anna sui nyfw fall 2012

Anna Sui Fall 2012 at New York Fashion Week.
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Aside from the parade of burnt orange dresses, wool shorts, crushed velvet coats, patchwork tweed skirts, varsity bomber jackets, and retro city print sheaths, we also enjoyed the more evening-friendly looks in the form of gold-accented dresses accessorized with lace tights and kitten heels. (Also, how badly do we need those gold boots? *gnashing teeth*) Sui's Coach handbag line made it onto the runway too. As Refinery29 reported, she's producing two limited-edition bags—the Fleur-de-Lis Duffle and the Dragonfly Duffle—with vintage Sui print linings, and from what we saw on the runway they have a 1970s sturdy leather kind of feel. Still, vintage Sui feels like modern Sui, and we don't care either way because we'll take it all.

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