Getting CFDA-Ready With Suno and Liu Wen
By the time you read this, Liu Wen may already be rushing off set with Inez and Vinoodh, slipping into the dress and shirt you see above, and racing toward Alice Tully Hall, where she’ll accompany Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis—nominees for the Swarovski Award for womenswear—to the CFDA Awards. But on Friday afternoon, choosing the outfit for her first CFDAs with Beatty, things were a bit more relaxed.
Beatty and Suno stylist Brian Molloy were leafing through racks of Fall and brand-new Resort pieces, searching for the perfect look. A first try, a blush pink dress with a placed print from Resort had already been deemed too cute. A winner was in the offing: a graphic, leaf-printed dress with a flared skirt from Fall, cut in a nylon outerwear fabric. It was sweet, but with a harder edge. “There’s always a girliness to what we’re doing,” Beatty said. “The question is always, how do you temper that and turn it on its head? How do you take these different concepts that lead to your print and make them into something that feels cool and now for someone to actually want to put on their body? That’s the hardest part about designing in prints. People thing of it too graphically or too conceptually, and it’s important to maintain that, but I think, as a female, most important is that other girls want to wear it.”
The other girl in the room did. She voted in favor of wearing it pinafore style, with a buttoned shirt underneath in a galactic tulip print Beatty and Osterweis call Cosmic Floral. “It’s more cool,” Wen said. (The look was finished with a pair of the Suno heels the duo design with Nicholas Kirkwood.)
Other girls without the enviable access of a Liu Wen will be able to get their hands on red carpet looks, too. Starting tomorrow, Suno is one of the nominees participating—alongside Tabitha Simmons, Irene Neuwirth, and Pamela Love—in a special sale on Moda Operandi, taking pre-orders on the looks they’ll wear to tonight’s awards. Suno will offer the never-before-seen pink floral cocktail dress from Resort that Beatty chose for herself for the big night (Check back on Tuesday for full coverage of Suno’s Resort ’13 collection). As for Wen’s dress, that’s hers and hers alone, a perk and privilege of the supermodel class.