September 14, 1999
"An American prairie girl goes to Goa" would be a good way to describe Anna Sui's unapologetically rich summer collection. Her looks were at times sexy, often innocent, but always bedecked with embroidery, ruffles, beading and a rampage of colorful patterns. Western-inspired pieces like dark denim capri jeans and jackets were bejeweled and studded '70s-inspired Empire dresses were stitched from rambunctious paisley prints; and floral-print ruched blouses were in abundance. Clearly, restraint was not even a minor consideration for Sui, who went for all-out luxe.