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Posts for September 16th 2009
Inside the largest tent at Bryant Park, Anna Sui presented a spring 2010 collection she described as "inspired by the circus scenes in 'Doctor Dolittle'... very Sixties Victorian."
Accordingly Sui staged her show in front of a huge pink and black circus tent, and the first model walked out to sounds from the big top which morphed into The Who's "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhre" and "I Can't Explain".
The collection continued to follow the same three-ring-circus-meets-the-Sixties theme, as Sui showed tall marching band hats, embroidered capes and cropped jackets with rope epaulettes and then "wallpaper prints" in combinations of green, brown and orange along with purple linen chambray dresses and floral appliqué headscarfs.
As always, Sui puts on an entertaining show full of feel-good looks, and this season was no exception. It was obvious Sui instructed the models to smile and act like they were having fun when they hit the end of the runway—a direction some felt comfortable with (Sasha, Chanel), and others not so much.
>> Of all the shows this week, Jack McCollough's and Lazaro Hernandez's Proenza Schouler presentation had the most excitement and energy about it; Joe Zee agreed, calling it "one of the best this week." We didn't know it at the time, but a piece from the collection actually debuted on Dasha Zhukova during the POP dinner last Friday.
Tonight, the lights above flickered back and forth on the bottom floor of Milk Studios, and with three Trainas in the front row — Victoria, Vanessa, and Samantha — we got to see the full urban scuba collection, which seemed to be a continuation of their Tahiti-inspired resort 2010 collection. Neon printed minidresses mirrored the backs of tropical fish, cateye sunglasses had lifeguard-style reflective lenses, neon tops resembled long sleeve Under Armor, and tinsel and feathers fringed dresses. One girl sported beachy green-tinged hair, another purple. And of course the boys, known for their knack with accessories, didn't disappoint with rainbow-linked minibags and strappy toggle wedges.
>> Models Missing from the New York Runways: An Update —With only one more day of New York Fashion Week to go, a number of top models still haven't set foot on a catwalk. Anja Rubik finally appeared at Michael Kors this morning — so did Carmen Kass and Jacquetta Wheeler — but Catherine McNeil — who is supposedly booked all through the New York shows on another job — Toni Garrn, Lara Stone, Anna Maria Jagodzinska, Sigrid Agren — who's rumored not to be doing any shows this season — Tanya Dziahileva, Raquel Zimmermann, and Georgina Stojiljkovic are all totally MIA. In other modeling news, Jessica Stam joined the increasingly large number of models bleaching their hair — she debuted the new hue today at Anna Sui. [Fashin]