Anna Sui Fall 2011 Review

Anna Sui fall 2011 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Anna Sui Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Anna Sui (See the full runway collection.)

THEME: The “Ballets Russes” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

ACCESSORIES: Erickson Beamon jewelry; knits and hats by James Coviello for Anna Sui; furs by Adrienne Landau for Anna Sui; shoes and boots by Fiorentini + Baker for Anna Sui; and Hush Puppies for Anna Sui

HAIR: Garren

MAKEUP: Pat McGrath; cosmetics and manicures by Albion for Anna Sui

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Cheery bohemian festival wear

More has always been more for Anna Sui. More A-list models in her lineup—think Donaldson, Rocha, Trentini, Wixson, not to mention Karen Elson in the front row—more major EICs front and center, and more colors, textures and shapes than you can wrap your head around at once. But then, who said minimalism was any fun?

For Fall 2011, a hodgepodge of references (the “Ballets Russes” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and ‘60s It girls the Ormsby-Gore sisters among them, according to made for a swingin’ collection of retro pieces that seemed prime not for the ballet but for the music festival, whether it was a Woodstock-worthy gold tapestry dress or an acid greed and navy psychedelic capelet.

Leather-looking rubber jackets and knee-length shorts might be more appropriate for the rain-prone Glastonbury, on the other hand.

There was patchwork denim, slip dresses topped off with faux Mongolian fur, an English schoolboy–esque navy shorts suit, a romantic rose-print chiffon dress, and witchier black-velvet burnout in a full-moons-print skirt and tunic.