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A Journey into the World of Anna Sui

Somewhere in the midst of the holiday craziness my very lovely friend Annie (thanks Annie!) sent me the amazing Anna Sui book which was just released in November. I meant to post about it a while ago, but I didn’t, so here for you today is a look at some beautiful Anna Sui magic.

Inside the pages of this book are images that span Anna’s career from her first runway show in 1991 to her 2009 Autumn/Winter collection. The book is loaded with gorgeous pictures that endlessly entertain as you flip your way through two decades of Sui’s unique fashions. Check out this spread from her first collection which was inspired by the teen magazines she read in her youth. These must have influenced the costumes in the film Clueless right?

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It’s even fun to look at her less successful pieces, like these 1993 grunge-era gems which were relevant in their time, but now seem very dated (but still in a good way).  I especially like the look on the inside lower right, parachute pants and cropped vest over a striped bodysuit? Totally 90s Awesome.

There are also pages and pages of Sui’s fantastical, feminine, timeless looks which have become her signature. She isn’t a designer who has to be “of-the-moment” rather, she creates her own world and takes inspiration from many different times and places.

While a majority of the book is filled with runway shots, there’s also a number of posed images in which the surroundings are as inviting and interesting as the clothes.

In addition to Sui’s fashions, the book features many of her stunning cosmetics ads as well. These are so pretty, and so different from any other beauty ads out there.

My favorite part of the whole book though, has got to be the inclusion of some of Sui’s inspiration boards. It’s fascinating to see all the different things she pulls from to create the ideas for her collections. Interior design, textile swatches, art, graphic design, vintage scarves, all sorts of diverse pieces that add up to a whole idea—it’s amazing to see her process.

There is also a great preface by Jack White (whose wife Karen Elson has long been one of Sui’s favorite models), an intro by photographer Steven Meisel, and a forward by Sui herself.

If you love Anna Sui, or just fashion in general, this book is a must-have. I could look through it over and over and keep finding new inspiration in the pages of stunning patterns, unusual combinations and whimsical characters that make up Sui’s dream-like, fantastical world.


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Why Stevie Nicks Makes Me Excited For Fall

For the past few months life has revolved around avoiding the heat, whether it’s air conditioning, light clothing, or waiting until sunset to go outside, I’m not a creature of the heat, I melt. So I’ve gotten used to the constant drinking of cold fluids and taking cold showers, but yesterday afternoon, as I was sitting at my desk, the strangest thing happened. I felt a cold chill. No, the AC wasn’t on, there wasn’t a ghost lurking nearby (I hope), and I was actually wearing substantial clothing, but the windows were opened. It had been muggy all morning, and then just like that a cool breeze swept in, and the first shudder of Fall came through my window.

I was given that familiar reminder that soon I’ll be in boots, and the leaves will litter the ground, and the smell of burning wood will be in the air. All it takes is that first gust of wind from who-knows-where, and you realize that summer is really about to end, it happens every August. I can remember other August days throughout the years when I felt it—going back-to-school shopping, or packing up to go to college, there’s a shift, and for some reason that change from summer to Fall always holds a spark. Maybe it’s because you suddenly remember all those things you’d plan to do the last three months. The vacations, the projects, the promises. Summer is all relaxation and celebration, it’s care-free, it’s nostalgic, they write songs about how fun it is, and they write songs about how sad it is to see it go.

When summer begins to turn her head and shine on someone else, it’s a total bummer. Even a pain in the ass like me who hates to be hot and spends half the time complaining, misses the summer when she’s gone. I miss the bright colors, and the excitement, the BBQs and the beach, I miss how everyone is outside and celebrating everyday just because the sun is out and it’s warm. I know I’m totally depressing you right now, so let me get to my point. Fall is coming! Alright, some of you might not find that exciting, but it is, because it’s my favorite season. I think I’ll devote a whole other post to that, so let me just say—cute jackets, leather boots, cozy sweaters, wearing your hair down, no-frizz, no-sweat, no-chafe, dark nail polish, smokey eye-makeup and Halloween. Still not excited? Well then think of Stevie Nicks.

Does Stevie Nicks have have any relation to Autumn aside from in my own head? No. But for some reason every fall when I get upset about the summer ending and I try to get excited for Fall, I think about Stevie in all her witch-y, smokey-eyed, dark lipped, booted, mystical, gypsy-Victorian beautifulness. Maybe it’s a Halloween thing, or I’m just weird (pretty sure about that one), but her style seems to come up in Fall fashion spreads pretty often, so I don’t think I’m alone on this one. The woman can pull off cloaks and feathers and top hats like nobody’s business. On top of all that, she’s just awesome, so why wouldn’t you want to dress like her? Also, if you don’t already know about it, there is this thing called “Night of a Thousand Stevies”, its been happening in New York for the past 20 years. It’s a big fan event (Stevie isn’t involved) with performances and interpretations and everyone dresses like her—there are tambourines, and shawls, and drag queens. I found this on a website which provided info for this year’s event (it took place in May):

“Suggested Dress: Moon Goddess, Enchanted Eveningwear, Black Widow Spider Effects, Beribboned and Bedecked Tambourines, Wiccan Glamour, Wrapped in Velvet, Important Platform Boots, White Winged Dove After Midnight, Moonstones and Moon Motifs, Lindsey Or John McVie Pagan Menswear, Black Robes Trailing, Silver Threaded Shawls, Cloaks and Cokespoons or Your Personal Best Stevie Nicks Realness, All Eras.”

Doesn’t that sound fantastic? I have to attend this at some point, I can’t believe I haven’t yet. You might think it’s weird and crazy, but it’s no weirder than a lot of other things people do, and I bet it’s fun. You know what else is fun, smokey purple eye makeup. It’s a little witchy, definitely autumnal, and a big trend for Fall. Add on a little berry gloss and you’ll be evoking the spirit of Ms. Nicks.

Anyway, let’s embrace the fact that Autumn is almost here, and that soon we’ll be wearing coats and eating soup, that we can wear dark nail polish and play in the leaves, and dress with Wiccan glamour if we so choose. I mean, that’s something right? Here’s a collage inspired by Stevie to get you started!

stevie nicks by justinez featuring ballet skirt

Jil Sander Cashmere polo neck
305 GBP – brownsfashion.com
Empire waist tops »

Terra Shirt
$165 – calypso-celle.com
Calypso tops »

Lace Brocade Chiffon Top
$28 – canada.forever21.com
3/4 tops »

Military Cape
$450 – calypso-celle.com
Cape coat »

El Havanico Black Lace Fan – Fortnum & Mason
110 GBP – fortnumandmason.com
Clothing »

Uneven Hem Chiffon Skirt
$100 – topshop.com
Chiffon skirt »

Vila Chiffon Skirt
48 GBP – oli.co.uk
Ballet skirt »

Rutzou Crochet Trim Scarf
187 EUR – farfetch.com
Rutzou scarves »

Deluxe John Bull Top Hat (Avail Apr 8)
$60 – gentlemansemporium.com
Top hat »

Rose Jaquard Wrap
10 GBP – oasis-stores.com
Wrap scarves »


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