There is something to be said for consistency. Anna Sui's spring 2013 fashion show at Mercedes Benz fashion week felt like I time traveled back to any season of the designer's in the 1990's. Baby doll dresses, ditsy florals, capri tights. It was the same flea market style that I remember working on 15 years ago.
Back in the day, Ms. Sui would send over 2-3 pieces she purchased a few blogs away at the famous flea market at 6th avenue and 25th street. Then the entire collection was designed in various iterations "inspired" by the piece. I have known several schoolmates and colleagues who have worked for the designer who would not care to repeat the experience. My dealings with her as a vendor at an embroidery studio as well as an interviewer for this blog were, um, equally "pleasant".
All right, back to spring 2013. The clothes were cute, if very familiar. The paper crown princess look was also 'cute', appealing to the Japanese Lolita crowd for sure. The Easter-egg colored hair pieces they threw on top of the models' heads was probably the 5th time I have had to see that styling gimmick this year (3rd for this particular fashion week). Is this designer still relevant to the paying fashion customers stateside? That remains to be seen.