Anna Sui

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Colourful and feminine kaleidoscope of retro styles, rock n’ roll and boho-chic.

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About



Anna Sui is a New-York based designer of sino-american origin. Born in Detroit, Michigan and an alumni of Parsons School of Design, Sui was encouraged by her friends (including photographer Steven Meisel and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista) to create her first runway show in 1991. 20 years later, Anna Sui has become a darling of the New York fashion scene. In addition to a full-fledged clothing line, she has secured cosmetics and fragrance partnerships with Albion and Inter-Parfums Inc., respectively. She has also formed a stronghold in the Japanese marketplace largely due to her licensing agreement with Isetan. Courtney Love, The Wondergirls and Florence Welsh (Florence and the Machines) are among the personalities enamoured with Sui’s designs.

Styling



Anna Sui's design trademark comes in the form of her masterful execution of prints. Often colourful and never dull, they are inspired by the designer's vintage nostalgia and her latest artistic or cultural obsession. Emphasizing femininity over sexuality, the retro-inspired designs are coordinated with a sense of whimsy and adventure. Declared a designer who "never panders" by the New York Times, Sui tends to design for her own tastes and the tastes of her dedicated clientele rather than trying to create or follow mainstream trends. The brand's styling wavers between the image of the "good girl" and the "bad girl". From gothic to hippie, as well as mod, post-punk, and romantic, the designs are a fusion of unrelated themes that are characteristic of Sui's unique creative energy.

The favoured fabrics are silk or crinkle chiffon, jacquard, crepe de chine, wool and bamboo. Sui adorns her pieces through an abundant use of lace, beading, sequins, lurex, embroidery, mesh, and fur (both fake and real).

Other Notes


  • Anna Sui won in 2009 the prestigious CFDA Lifetime Achievement award, which made her join the ranks of previous recipients such as Yves St-Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg.
  • Anna Sui has made collaborations with Target, Victoria Secret, Leg Resource, Hanky Panky, Fiorentini + Baker, Mondottica International, FitFlop, Hush Puppies and even Samsung. Almost every year Anna Sui makes a new collaboration.
  • Her Isetan license agreement produces accessories, handbags, purses and various "lifestyle items" such as handkerchieves, sportswear, socks, home décor and also diffusion line clothing.
  • There also two other Anna Sui lines: Dolly Girl for teenagers and Anna Sui Mini for babies, toddlers and children. Both are mainly available in Japan.
  • While the fragrances are mostly easily found worldwide, the cosmetics have a very small presence in the West, except for Canada. It is not currently available in Europe and in the US are only sold at the NYC Anna Sui flagship store. StrawberryNet, Ichibankao and Yesstyle are good options for ordering online.

Quotes



"I’m always about optimism and exuberance. It’s what I feel about fashion."

"I love clothes that are theatrical. But, ultimately, clothes have to be wearable. If they’re not, they cease to be fashion and become costume."

"People always say, like, ‘How do you make it always look Anna Sui? But it comes from my heart. Like, what is it that I love, and what it is that I’m excited about, and what it is that I want everybody else to know about."

"I think I’ve always been very consistent…when I started designing, my intention was to dress rock stars and people who went to rock concerts, and that’s what I still do. Music has always been a major influence on me. Usually when I’m designing, I like to listen to music that puts me in the mood."

"What is always in the back of my mind when I design anything is, ‘Is it nostalgic but trendy, rock-and-roll but feminine, good-girl and bad-girl?’ There is something very aspirational about my brand, and people relate to that — to my background as a little girl who dreamt big and overcame obstacles to create my own fashion label."


Discussion of Anna Sui


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There are news in the Anna Sui Cosmetics line! But I can't make up what it is, since it is in Japanese and not HTML text. Anyone reading Japanese could translate what are the new things out?

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http://www.annasui-cosmetics.com/catalogue/collec/

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

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70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that

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Biteki (a Japanese beauty magazine) has info about the new collection posted above that you can translate:

http://biteki-coffret2010.269g.net/categ...264-1.html

Also! An small tidbit to share about the release of some new Anna Sui products on December 2nd in Japan:

http://rougedeluxe.blogspot.com/2010/10/...-soap.html


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Haha we have the soap dish in purple! Cool stuff, thanks G

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I bought an Anna Sui Lip stick on saturday, god I love Anna Sui!

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(October 22, 2010 10:15 PM)galism said: Biteki (a Japanese beauty magazine) has info about the new collection posted above that you can translate:

http://biteki-coffret2010.269g.net/categ...264-1.html

Also! An small tidbit to share about the release of some new Anna Sui products on December 2nd in Japan:

http://rougedeluxe.blogspot.com/2010/10/...-soap.html

Awesome, thank you G!

Also, lately the Japanese license of Anna Sui has been releasing very gyaru-ish stuff; after the Karen bag, here's this one:

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Will be posting about it on our Tumblr later. :)

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

Looking for


70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that

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(Taken from the Post your Outfits topic)

(November 2, 2010 12:32 PM)brad-t said: I think the case could be made that to a man who understands the principles behind Anna Sui's design could actually find it incredibly sexy because it represents a sort of sexual liberation and freedom rather than a forced, constrained sexuality that we are used to seeing the fashion industry squeeze women into.

http://fuckyeahannasui.tumblr.com/post/1462560683

Yes! Had to post that on my Anna Sui blog. I agree with you! If you are confident in your sexuality, then there is no need to project it so aggressively like the fashion industry commands. Anna Sui understands that, which shows in her designs. Her use of sexuality is always tasteful in clothing:

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Abbey Lee Kershaw, Fall 2010 RTW

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Chanel Iman, Resort 2011

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Lindsey Wixson, Spring 2011

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Freja Beha Erichsen, Spring 2011

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Joan Smalls, Spring 2011

(November 2, 2010 02:27 PM)lane-san said: Yah, brad pretty much sums up the "philosophical" aspect of why she is appealing. It's just the fact that you're staying true to you, and not letting yourself be constrained by outside forces. If you go on another forum I post whore on,(lol) there are a ton of men who fantasize over reaching this idealized form of masculinity fashion is currently pushing for. So, they buy lots of attire which fits the bill for this. I oppose this not just because the garments are boring, uninteresting and EXPENSIVE, but also because its simply part of a stupid cycle. Now there's a lot of opposition for that other dumb trend (metrosexuality). So, this is change is almost a response to that prior emphasis on metrosexuality.

however, back to anna sui, and why I'd be all over her garments. First of all I like the embracement of color in a tasteful non-tacky way. This is the opposite for most high-end designers and mall brands. I also like her attention to detail on her prints, and her being true to herself, and design. Her personality and philosophy is channeled through the construction and detailing of each design. In fact she reminds me of another designer I love, which is Stephan Schneider. Not a japanese designer, whatsoever, but he is masterful in the art of design as he caters to those who enjoy high quality construction and precision in detail. Plus, it seems like he isn't embracing masculinity but more being free to be as one chooses as a man. One can be boyish, not give a fuck; basically simply be. There is no attachment towards a group mentality. They are simply clothes which cater to being loose, and being absent of formality. I say this because of the cuts of the garments, and buttons being non-existent on sleeves, drop crotch pants, loose fitting designs. Simple things like that attract me because they allow for the essence of being free to be apparent.

How this relates to anna sui is she is opposing hypersexualization through the construction of her garments, and in a way I can get behind. Since I am not a fan of lolita (no hate). I simply am attracted to how she captures femininity in a way that's actually sexually appealing to me. As a woman I'd say if you want to be sexually appealing this isn't hard to accomplish with much. However, to dress tastefully and capture the beauty in your femininity is a an end I'd go for.

Plus, anna sui is like Julius in that she is completely unapologetic with her style. While not being controversial she is true to herself in that she isn't constrained by what's popular. She simply does what she wants, and that's enough for her.

Thank you so much for this elaborate response! I am so happy another person understands what is so great about her as a designer (and she's sino-american, btw!) I think I'll look up Stephan Schneider with Brad next time we sit down together in front of the laptop :) I had to give you a heart for this post! Mind if I also post this on my Anna Sui Tumblr later?

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

Looking for


70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that
Lane (This post was last modified: November 2, 2010 02:49 PM by Lane.) November 2, 2010 02:47 PM

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nah, that's completely fine, lol.

lol @ me assuming she was japanese.

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(November 2, 2010 02:47 PM)lane-san said: nah, that's completely fine, lol.

lol @ me assuming she was japanese.

Thanks. :)

But yeah, she may not be Japanese, but she's huge in Japan. She has more lines there than here (Anna Sui Mini, Dolly Girl), on top of a license with Isetan!

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

Looking for


70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that

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One thing that I admire about Anna Sui is her flair for vintage without looking dated. Real vintage clothing can be great, but it can also look incredibly tacky and out of place if it's not styled correctly. Her clothes are also very ageless. I could see both teenage girls and hip grannies wearing her clothes and still looking every bit as feminine and fashionable.

Like anything else, I think it takes a certain kind of woman to wear Anna Sui's clothes. Everyone's definition of "sexy" is different, but if the Anna Sui girl projects any kind of sexiness, I think it's more of an intellectual sexiness, one that comes from inner confidence rather than outward displays of skin. (Let's face it, you do need a certain bit of swagger to wear clothes as unique looking as Anna Sui's!) That's something I can truly respect and admire. 3


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(November 2, 2010 07:02 PM)galism said: One thing that I admire about Anna Sui is her flair for vintage without looking dated. Real vintage clothing can be great, but it can also look incredibly tacky and out of place if it's not styled correctly. Her clothes are also very ageless. I could see both teenage girls and hip grannies wearing her clothes and still looking every bit as feminine and fashionable.

The reason for that is that like lane-san said, Anna Sui doesn't give a shit about trends. She exists in her own purple bubble, off the beaten path.
As for how AS fashion can suit both teenage girls and hip grannies...that is true. However, being directly in relation to that industry through Sally Yep Bis, I can tell it is not easy. Montréal is known for being the most fashionable city of Canada, and one of the most fashionable of all North America even, but Anna Sui is not easy to sell:

-The real fashionable teenage girls are not necessarily ready/able to pay 600$ for a dress.
-The teenage girls who can afford it would rather spend on "trendy" stuff, like Uggs or w/e big names are in style right now that I don't fucking care about.
-The young adult women, like the teenage girls, are not fashionable enough to stray from the beaten path. They go with Chanel or w/e status crap is sold at Holt Renfrew.
-The older women we get, that have the money for it, are usually Jewish and 1) too conservative for the Anna Sui style 2) afraid to show too much legs (AS can be quite short there) even with leggings, 3) don't think the usual loose-style of the boho-chic style is not flattering and would rather get more fitted silhouettes, 4) don't feel comfortable wearing something that doesn't have big status. 600$ for a dress? No way! They feel more secure wearing something worth at least 1500$.

So, just like Anna Sui is versus the rest of the Fashion industry, the Anna Sui Girl is an exception to the rule. She falls between the cracks of that list above.

(November 2, 2010 07:02 PM)galism said: Like anything else, I think it takes a certain kind of woman to wear Anna Sui's clothes. Everyone's definition of "sexy" is different, but if the Anna Sui girl projects any kind of sexiness, I think it's more of an intellectual sexiness, one that comes from inner confidence rather than outward displays of skin. (Let's face it, you do need a certain bit of swagger to wear clothes as unique looking as Anna Sui's!) That's something I can truly respect and admire. 3

I really agree with you, it is not by mere display of skin that sexiness is projected in Anna Sui fashion. I like how you named it, "intellectual sexiness." That's probably the only sexiness I'd agree to associate myself with in front of anyone else than Brad x)
As for the swagger needed to wear the style...I'm not sure I have it, haha! I think that more than anything else, it takes a free-spirit to appreciate and wear Anna Sui, as she's so off-the-beaten-path yet in the higher market.

Thank you so much for sharing your opinion about AS, I always wanted to hear it!

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

Looking for


70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that

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yah, seriously every "fashionable" girl I meet has their nice chanel sunglasses with the tag on it.

Legs are my favorite thing to look at from a woman. Love seeing them strut, and having their legs just completely free form. Leggings can sometimes accentuate their curves, and make me enjoy them more. A good skirt or something which shows off those legs is definitely sexy. Oh my god, and then have boots/high heels paired with this, and I loose my mind.

People are too caught up in "trends." I don't get why people are so preoccupied with fitting in. Standing out has always been more appealing. Of course in a tasteful manner is preferable. Since being a slutty is easily accomplish with just about anything.

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(November 5, 2010 02:11 AM)lane-san said: yah, seriously every "fashionable" girl I meet has their nice chanel sunglasses with the tag on it.

Legs are my favorite thing to look at from a woman. Love seeing them strut, and having their legs just completely free form. Leggings can sometimes accentuate their curves, and make me enjoy them more. A good skirt or something which shows off those legs is definitely sexy. Oh my god, and then have boots/high heels paired with this, and I loose my mind.

People are too caught up in "trends." I don't get why people are so preoccupied with fitting in. Standing out has always been more appealing. Of course in a tasteful manner is preferable. Since being a slutty is easily accomplish with just about anything.

LOL, let's keep this discussion about Anna Sui! XD


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lulz

you're right...

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i know a little more about lane than i needed to now, i think

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(November 5, 2010 03:39 AM)galism said: LOL, let's keep this discussion about Anna Sui! XD

Yes, but I think this was an interesting enough subject to discuss! So let's move it here!

http://harajuju.net/Thread-The-Philosophy-topic?page=3

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

Looking for


70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that

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(November 5, 2010 10:12 AM)brad-t said: i know a little more about lane than i needed to now, i think

hahahah, oh my gawd so guuud.

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→Interesting interview with Anna Sui

QuoteYour materials, fabrication and trimmings consistently reference couture, why haven’t you tried your hand at it?

Since the beginning I loved the idea of prêt-a-porter and maintaining an accessible price point. I am not into simply using precious fabrics. I would much rather put all the effort into the spirit of the garment, what it is I am evoking. That’s always been the way I’ve designed. Fashion should be fun and accessible.

No seriously. How can we not love her when we learn about her fashion philosophy? Read more by clicking on the link, you’ll just love her even more. (I posted this on the FYAS tumblr too :3)

For me, style is about spirit and attitude. My style is not about “age,” it’s about having a little fun, opting for a bit of glamour, and not taking yourself so seriously.
~Anna Sui

My personal blog: Rétromantique
Anna Sui appreciation blog: Rock on! Anna Sui

Looking for


70s style bell bottom jeans
Gold metallic like this or beige bejeweled heels like that

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I really enjoyed that interview.

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I love how she mentions the internets involvement in her success. It says a lot about how great it is to buy clothes nowadays. We no longer are restricted by borders with any product.

She strikes me as really down to earth I don't see a bit of delusions of grandeur in her interview like I have with others. I love that faithfulness to being a designer. Plus, she obviously sympathizes with the crave for obtaining these amazing garments since she's a shopaholic.

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