Monday Musings: Anna Sui

“It’s a touch of fantasy that you want. It adds just a touch of color, and you feel very feminine.”- Anna Sui

Sweet, feminine and a bit of nostalgia, make up the lovely designs of American designer Anna Sui. Read on to know more about this fun and frilly designer!

A Bit of Background

  • Anna Sui was born  in Detroit Michigan.
  • She moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design.
  • While at Parsons, Sui found a collaborator and close friend in Steven Meisel, one of todays top fashion photographers.
  • After leaving Parsons, she worked at several junior sportswear companies, and in 1980 she launched her own business out of her apartment. She presented six original pieces, one of which was ordered by Macy’s and featured in their New York Times advertisements.
  • In 1991, Anna premiered her first runway show, and moved her business and show room to the Garment District, where it is today.
  • Eight years later, Anna launched her cosmetic and fragrance line.
  • Some of her celebrity clients include, Sofia Coppola, Patricia Arquette, Christina Ricci, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff & Naomi Campbell.
  • Has over 38 boutiques in 12 countries, was named one of “This Decades Top 5 Fashion Icons” by Time Magazine and Forbes Magazine recently estimated her Net Worth to be over $400 Million.

Anna Sui Spring 2011- Earthy Inspired

“The colors kind of take on a very earthy tone, but with a richness of a forest or a garden. Dark greens, redish browns, kind of golden yellows, and some oranges for accent.”- Anna Sui

This cute crochet dress was a stand out in Anna Sui’s Spring and Summer 2012 collection.

Get the Look!

This look is perfect for a nice spring day, featuring a crochet dress, ankle booties, and fun jewelry. For a necklace try this leather pendant, knotted ring for you finger, and if you’re feeling super daring, try just one feathered earring.

Anna Sui Fall 2012- Geek Chic

This look from Anna Sui’s Fall 2011 collection, is polished and channels a school girl vibe.

Get the Look!

To recreate the look, try a fun, patterned, peter pan collared dress, ribbon belt and oxford booties.

Anna Sui Spring and Summer Collection 2012- Seeing Hearts

“It’s a touch of fantasy that you want. It adds just a touch of color, and you feel very feminine.”- Anna Sui

I chose this look from Anna’s most recent collection, in honor of Valentine’s day tomorrow! The bright pop of red color contrasts the rest of the look, and is a signature of Anna Sui’s designs.

Get the Look!

The base of this look is a heart dress, complete with a red belt, red flats, a jean jacket, and retro sunglasses.


“I really wanted to bring magic and fun back to cosmetics. I mean that’s always been my attraction with cosmetics: color, texture, sparkle, glitter and all the things that make you kind of different or special.”- Anna Sui

Get the Look!

Aside from her great designs, Anna Sui has a lovely line of cosmetics and fragrances that I had to include. From the nail polish to the blush, her makeup is similar to her clothes, sparkly, cute and edgy all at once!

Would you wear any of these outfits? Do you have a designer that you would like to see featured? Let me know in the comments!


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