June 07, 2011 New York
The young guns are going mad for eye-popping prints in mix-and-match array. But don't bother telling that to Anna Sui. She's been doing it for years, and she did it once again for Resort in a collection that was inspired by the interiors at legendary decorator David Hicks' Paris shop. The silhouettes, too, will be familiar to Sui fans: forties-style frocks, peasant-style tunic tops, and empire-waist maxi dresses, in floral, Pop, and Deco prints. In addition to reprises of old hits (the cherry print that was a favorite last Resort is back as a full fruit bowl), there were a few new forays (like a great lace safari jacket or a series of Lurex knits). But all in all, it's all very Anna; this much-loved designer doesn't bother to chase fads. That said, the fact that current trends are aligning with Sui's way of doing things could bring fresh eyes to her work.
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