Anna Sui’s Punk Rock Homage To French Designer Madeline Castaing [Video]

Looks from the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week.
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It was a packed house at the Lincoln Square theater for the Anna Sui show. Backstage was abuzz with makeup artist Pat McGrath rubbing elbows with stylist Carolyn Cerf de Dudzeele and editor Andre Leon Talley, while models flitted through the various stations for finishing touches to hair and makeup. House of Style hosts Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls were patiently waiting for their side-swept blue bangs to be perfectly pinned and placed and I scurried to my seat just in time for the room to darken.

According to Anna, the show was an homage to French designer and interior decorator Madeleine Castaing but there were several lashings of quintessential Anna throughout, with visible nods to punk and grunge. There were playsuits with berries and leaves that when clustered together looked like camouflage. Silky, fluttery rompers were printed with what looks like ombré crochet, a creamy lace cape was topped with bicorne caps with accents of indigo, jade and teal peppered all over. Textiles ranged from lurex to chiffon to lady-like slubby tweets and tulle and the collision of prints, textures and colors were impressive in its harmony—a definite Castaing calling card.

Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss walk the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week.
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The decorative borders, decadent trim and tightly bunched rows of printed flora were also evocative of the late-French design icon’s favorite motifs but it wouldn’t be Anna Sui without painstakingly needlepointed and embellished denim and we were treated to both on work shirts and tea-length dresses. Similarly, we’d miss the influence of music were they ever exempt from a Sui show and we peeped the theme in the form of a punk-rock plaid parka layered atop a grunge-esque floral babydoll tunic.

Looks from the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week.
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Motorcycle jackets were perfectly shrunken and re-imagined in a variety of textures and colors with one trotted out in the form of a halter vest but my favorite blast from the past came by way of the ripped up fishnet shirts and leggings. A haunting and beautiful acapella rendition of The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” made for a perfect aural backdrop.

Joan and Karlie caught up with Anna (as well as an interview with Mr. ALT himself) to talk about the relationship between music and fashion, the significance of the blue hair, and the hectic, bonkers schedule of the modern-day designer.


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