The key to Anna Sui's look is her constant juggling of cultural referencesa madcap mixing of diverse styles and time periods. For Fall, Sui's stylistic collage includes graphic, two-tone wool knit jackets and mod shift-dresses, layers of tweed piled upon each other, colorful pop floral shirts with matching ties and patent-leather motorcycle jackets.
Sui struck a chord with her vision of a modern-day Carnaby Street dandy: Glittery pants, beaded paisley shirts and long, mixed-weave coats made you want to stay out all night. Her wide-wale corduroy pants, long military coats and black velvet strapless dresses with voluminous skirts proved that she can make quieter statements as well. Things got a bit out of control with pirate hats, metallic leather coats and multicolor patchwork numbers, but some would argue that over-the-top attitude has always been a part of Sui's allure.