Anna Sui Fall 2012 Review

Photo: Imaxtree

Looks from the Anna Sui Fall 2012 runway

SHOW: Anna Sui (See the full collection.)

HAIR: Garren

MAKEUP: Pat McGrath

ACCESSORIES: Jewelry by Erickson Beamon for Anna Sui; hats by James Coviello for Anna Sui; bags by Anna Sui for Coach

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: A polished and fun romp that was a real...hoot. (We had to.)

Is this Fashion Week about the accessories? It must be. The big news on Anna Sui’s runway was that Coach and the designer had teamed up for a line of bags, debuting on the catwalk. The bags, like the collection, had an owl theme.

This had to be one of our favorite Sui shows in a while. The looks were polished, they were fun, and they still had that Sui whimsy. Knit owl hats? Check. Round glasses that looked like owl eyes? Yep. But if you remove all the fun styling you have pieces that can work for different types of women. There were working girl skirt sets—polished and perfect for the office. Floral and print dresses were youthful but chic.

And then there were the caftans. They were fantastic, bringing to mind a Valley of the Dolls chicness (minus the dolls, let’s keep it clean, kids). We want to wear one while reclining on a chaise lounge, or sipping a cocktail by the pool.

There were elements of the collection that reminded us of the good ole ‘90s—the knit mohawk hats, the shag coats, the styling, the retro references the reached back to older decades. Imagine 1997—babydolls have given way to the bright colors of the rave scene, and shag coats are everywhere—and you get the idea.

That feeling of anything goes is perhaps why this collection is so great. It’s youthful, fun, polished, and whimsical all at once. Isn’t that what fashion should be?