Serene, poetic, safe, just a few of the many descriptions of the Marc Jacobs show, used in articles and on the internet, the past two days. The fashion crowd, always waiting for one designer to make a statement (sheep come to mind, which is hard to imagine when you see all these hard balled fashion editors running around during fashion week), were comforting them selves with the set tone by Jacobs. Then Anna Sui comes along, with her first sight whimsical collection of bold colors and lovely prints. Sui, does not have the influential power Jacobs has of course. Or even comes close to it, for that matter. But the mood we were in just before, got slightly modified by the colorful and happy collection Sui presented. Sui was inspired by the American Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th century, more specifically by furniture designer Charles Rohlfs (1853 - 1936), famous for his cut-outs in wooden furniture.
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