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Anna Sui Brings Back the '40s With a Presley, a Coppola & a Jonas

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Attending an Anna Sui show is a lot like attending a major rock concert: Loud music, a feeling of electric anticipation while waiting for things to kick off, and lots of hardcore young fans from all over the world, dressed in the style of their idol, pushing aggressively for better seats. Anna's spring 2011 collection included all these elements, but the designs themselves differed from what we were expecting. Instead of the rock and roll bohemia that Sui's practically trademarked, the designer's styles this season harkened back to an older period—the 1940s, albeit with a bit of a '70s twist.

The top tier models, including Karen Elson and Jessica Stam, referenced the decade with their headgear: a more glamorous version of Rosie the Riveter's turbans, sailor hats and floppy garden party hats, the last of which also brought in the Seventies vibe. The turbans were paired with bold whimsical prints in chiffons and crepe-de-chines, and occasionally topped with marabou stoles—which we suspect Rosie never wore. The sailor looks leaned more towards denim, and many of the floppy hats topped off long antique inspired ivory dresses.

Most of the celebs in attendance, with the exceptions of Patricia Field and Corinne Bailey Rae, were ones whom we hadn't seen making the Fashion Week rounds. And oddly enough, the fresh faces all came from famous families. We spotted Kevin Jonas, Lisa Marie Presley and Sofia Coppola. The stylish Coppola has a fashion history which we suspect she hopes the world has forgotten. When Sofia was still struggling to find a career for herself, she was the costume designer on Roman Coppola's film, The Spirit of '76—a campy tale of 1970's time travel, starring David Cassidy. We urge you to watch the trailer to see just how much Sofia's style choices have improved since then...
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