The 1970s denim clad stars aligned at the Anna Sui S/S 15 show on Septmeber 11, with the droplets of drug-fuelled bohemian hysteria needed for your spring/summer agenda. Models mirrored the nymph-like ladies straight from a Gustav Klimt painting to give us a fresh perspective on the Anna Sui aesthetic.
While the idiosyncratic offerings at Jeremy Scott hogged the headlines at NYFW, Anna Sui nonchalantly flirted with aquamarine fish scale capes, Woodstock inspired dark denims and the odd dab of space-age charcoal silver.
The ever-present tone of the collection was seemingly the billowing sentiments of the late 60s/early 70s where Ziggy Stardust and Mick Jagger’s significant other seemed like the optimal vision in the designers periphery. Although a less dynamic representation of the icon compared to Jean Paul Gaultier’s take on Bowie in his spring/summer 2013 collection, it still had enough bite to sympathise with Bowie’s creative undertakings of the time.
Although the 1960s has been a common theme during many New York Fashion Week shows, Anna Sui has always had a soft spot for the era, more recently using 1960s French crooners in her shows and harking back to the bon-chic cinematography of film Noir in her AW13 collection.
A particular highlight came in the form of a pair of canary yellow velvet bell-bottom trousers teamed with a floral tapestry blazer, oddly autumnal neckerchief and Jagger barnet to boot.
The casually coiffed models oozed effortless cool as whimsical melodies blanketed the show space with a backdrop of psychedelic crescent moons. Sheer organza co-ordinates, preppy v-neck sweaters and lace-up go-go boots in shades of cobalt and plum ate up much of the attention span but accessories also played a significant role. Floaty monochromes were matched with metallic capelets, punky badges, hippy butterfly jewellery and orchid motifs sewn into festival-friendly bum-bags.
Also in keeping with the contextual ideology of perhaps Rolling Stones reunited, model Ella Richards, grand daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, graced the catwalk with fairy-like metallic eyelids that caught the light wonderfully at every opportunity.
Anna Sui has given us a feminine take on Brian Jones at his none-apologetic best with the addition of storybook depictions sewn into denim, Summer Of Love spaceships and divine twist on spring florals.