June 06, 2012 New York
Anna Sui called her Resort collection "Anna's Garden." At first glance, it looks like Classic Sui, but look closely at the richly colored Art Nouveau prints she favors, and the blossoms are all there. The question becomes how to make a trope as tried-and-true as florals into something special. Sui succeeded by customizing every blossom and bud. It's an old story that Anna custom-designs and -engineers each of her many prints in house, but this time, she did the same for every bit of flowered guipure lace, eyelet, and jacquard. While color remains a constant, there were pretty, antique lace pieces in white too, the sort of item that explains why Sui has a sizable bridal business. And among the flowers, a few plainer looks managed to stand out, like a chambray tunic dress decorated with a few sweet, scattered blooms.
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