Runway News

ANNA SUI SPRING 2009

AP News, New York

Pack your bags: Anna Sui’s spring runway took the retailers, stylists and editors at New York Fashion Week on a sunny, happy trip Wednesday night. Judging from the matador details and Aztec prints, the likely destination was Latin America.

Sui’s version of the loose and easy style that has dominated the catwalks were brightly colored shifts embroidered with butterflies and flowers, or habutai tunics worn over skinny-leg capris.

For after the sun goes down, there were festive dance dresses and short flared skirts. One tiered chiffon dress with rows of ruffles on the rear was a little too over the top.

Instead of lace, which would have been too much for vacation clothes, Sui used cottons with cutouts to achieve the same effect on many of the outfits.


Sui’s use of denim was very modern – it could be for any time of day and any occasion. The best of these outfits, a black denim romper with a complementary jacket embroidered with a sunburst pattern, opened the show.

There were actually at least a half-dozen rompers, ranging from a lingerie-inspired one to a cutesy cotton floral.

And Sui’s jumpsuits weren’t aiming to be super sexy as they’ve done in other collections; hers were meant to be worn during the day, even to work–that’s why the one with black embroidery came with a matching crisp poplin coat.

The finale fitted black jumpsuit, paired with a cream-colored embroidered jacket, would have been wearable despite the obvious bullfighter inspiration if the model weren’t wearing a costumey fringed hat. She was having fun, though.

Cover image courtesy of tFS member djwong; all other images courtesy of the Fasion Spot forums.