We've spotted Vanessa Hudgens making her way through her very first NYFW, popping up in designers' front rows and at Fashion Week fêtes. And, as celebrities tend to do when showing up front row, Vanessa, too, chose to don Anna Sui for the designer's Fall '11 show. It's a bold head-to-toe look — complete with vintage-inspired boho print, not to mention both bell sleeves and bell bottoms. So, I'm turning it over to you — what do you make of Vanessa's Sui ensemble?
>> Alber Elbaz and the Lanvin team descended on New York's Pierre Hotel Thursday evening, transforming it with palm fronds, caged parakeets, models in French maid outfits, and little old men offering up champagne, scotch, crustless tea sandwiches, and macaroons, to show off their H&M collaboration.
At the runway's entrance, a rose-filled arch set with "Lanvin Hearts H&M" in fluorescent lights; to the side of that, a salsa band played live music. And above the runway, there were 20 crystal chandeliers. The venue was packed, to say the least — Sofia Coppola, Patrick Demarchelier, Shala Monroque, Sally Singer, and Grace Coddington were all there, plus more than a handful of other designers sitting front row: Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui.
Katie Grand styled the show — and the models were told to engage with the audience — so Siri Tollerod, as veiled bride, tossed her bouquet; Pixie Geldof strutted down in her gender-bending suit; Anna Dello Russo, walked with a gray standard poodle at her side; and Julia Frakes made her runway debut. The clothes were couture riffs on the Lanvin for H&M collection — on sale to benefit Unicef now — but afterward, there was a frenzy for the Lanvin for H&M collection pop-up shop set up downstairs. Many editors walked away with multiple bags, Coppola bought the tulle jacket, and even Wang did a little shopping of his own.
A video of the show can be seen here.
Anna Sui Mourns the Loss of Supermodels on the Runway, Made Karl Lagerfeld Complain Once Upon a Time
>> Stunt casting has really become part of the fashion show DNA in the past couple of seasons, but Anna Sui's runway casts have always boasted at least a few special girls — sometimes even a few supermodels. Though now, she says, "It’s a different time. We are now going through a period of a lot of Eastern European. It’s more about their look than their personalities. It was the most terrifying thing to do fittings with supermodels, because they would come in and look at your Polaroid board and count how many outfits they had, what order they came out in, and who were they next to. They would say things like, 'She is taller than me, and I am not coming out after her,' 'How come she has three outfits, and I only have two,' and 'I want that outfit.' They’d literally pull the Polaroid off the board and say they want to wear this. There was a reason they were supermodels, though. When they put on an outfit, everyone was floored."
That includes Karl Lagerfeld — who took notice of Sui's dresses before she even had her first runway show. As Sui tells it, "Linda [Evangelista] and Naomi [Campbell] went to the couture shows the Summer before my first show, and they were wearing my cotton lace baby-doll dresses. All of a sudden, I started getting phone calls from Paris, and other models like Helena Christensen were asking for the dress. I heard that Karl [Lagerfeld] was complaining. Everyone came into the couture fitting wearing my dresses, and he was like 'Who is this Anna?'"
American designer Anna Sui has been in this business for a very long time. So long that she lived — and can clearly recall — the days when supermodels reigned supreme. In her own words, it was a whole different time:
"It was the most terrifying thing to do fittings with supermodels, because they would come in and look at your Polaroid board, and count how many outfits they had, what order they came out in and who were they next to. They would say things like, 'She is taller than me and I am not coming out after her,' 'How come she has three outfits and I only have two' and 'I want that outfit.' They'd literally pull the Polaroid off the board and say they want to wear this. There was a reason they were supermodels, though. When they put on an outfit, everyone was floored."
She goes on about how nowadays it's all about the look and less about the personality. Do you miss those supermodel days? I do!
How to get into the Halloween cheer without spending needlessly? Instead of donning an out-and-out costume this year, why not pull double duty by wearing everyday pieces in a not-so-everyday manner. With Carine Roitfeld as our inspiration — spotted in leopard prints, sheer and not-so-sheer, earlier this month at Vogue Paris's 90th Anniversary Masquerade Bash — we put together a catty Halloween ensemble, which can be easily deconstructed for later wear. Also, opt out of buying a mask and treat yourself to a little cat-eye eyeliner instead!
Left to right: Anna Suit Leopard Print Fur Bolero ($645), Topshop Leopard Palm Warmers ($24), La Perla Satin Briefs ($110), Mimi Holliday by Damaris Follie Chiffon Playsuit ($130), LAMB Pounce Pumps ($325)
Models in Their Natural Habitat Part Four: Backstage at Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, and More
>> Now that New York Fashion Week has wound to a close, one last look at the backstage hubbub — we've seen Lily Donaldson give her best glare, Liu Wen her best stare, and plenty of kissy faces. In this installment, there's Phillip Lim making a few last minute alterations, Hanne Gaby Odiele playing coy at Anna Sui, plus behind-the-scenes snaps from Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, Jeremy Scott, and L'Wren Scott.
Photos: Greg Kessler
New York's models walked their final runways last night, and although Fashion Week is officially over, now the real fun begins as we take a look back. Get a head start on all the emerging trends by checking out these 15 gorgeous looks from the last few days.
Naomi Watts recently set off a mini-furor with her new blunt haircut. And if the looks on the runway are to be believed, they'll be one of the big hair trends for the upcoming season. But going blunt can be scary — especially if you have traumatic memories of grungy, stringy styles from the early '90s. So how can you wear the trend and look both pretty and modern? We pulled five of the most flattering interpretations of the look, using the runway for inspiration.
We're sure Anna Sui has a lot to say about her 20-year — and still going — career in the fashion industry. That said, the designer has decided to pen a book, dubbed Anna Sui ($32), along with Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, and Jack White from the White Stripes. The book will reveal private memories of working with famous supermodels, dressing celebs and rock stars, and will provide insight on her design process. “The process of compiling and reliving favorite memories from my career was very gratifying,” said Sui. We can't wait to read all the Sui details!