Product Review: Anna Sui Spring 2014 Lipstick in Cherry Pink (01)


Last week I stopped by the Anna Sui boutique for the first time in months. It was an unusually long stretch between visits for me, due to the miserable winter weather and an especially busy work season. I didn’t end up buying any clothing from the sale rack (just as well!), but I did spend a while examining the Spring 2014 cosmetics line.

I was especially charmed by these limited edition lipsticks in rose-patterned cases, available in three shades: Cherry Pink, Coral Pink, and Deco Orange. They were launched in early February.

Continue reading “Product Review: Anna Sui Spring 2014 Lipstick in Cherry Pink (01)”


Covet: Anna Sui Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

anna sui fall 2014

My longstanding love for Anna Sui’s work is no secret. One of my fashion dreams is that someday, somehow, I’ll be able to attend an Anna Sui runway show. In the meantime, I just keep visiting the designer’s Manhattan boutique and studying the photos from her newest collections.

I’ve just gone through’s shots of Sui’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection and, as usual, I can imagine myself in quite a few things I’m seeing. I’d wear the above outfit as is—well, maybe switching in a pair of black Victorian-styled boots.

According to the designer’s official Facebook page,

“For Fall/Winter 2014, Anna Sui set out to MOD-ernize Anna May Wong’s style from the film ‘Piccadilly’ (1929). The collection is inspired by Serge Lutens’s photographs for Shiseido, fashion illustrations from La Gazette du Bon Ton, Biba, art deco jewelry, the interiors of Rose Cummings, and chinoiserie rooms and pavilions from European palaces and features the colors jade, cinnebar and kingfisher blue.”

(Did you catch that Lutens reference, fragrance friends?)

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 7.16.55 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-16 at 7.17.30 PM

Here are details of two “looks,” one in a hunter-green palette and one in “kingfisher” blue with shimmery silver. I love the layering of that textured black coat over that scenic-print cream-and-green tunic on the left, the drape-y fit of the blue dress (with that little fur scarf!) on the right, and the Erickson-Beamon tassselled necklaces on both models.

Pat McGrath’s makeup for the collection included red lips and dark fingertips, and the hair by Garren ranged from 1970s-style wild manes to 1920s-style sleek bobs.

I can only hope that something from this collection will end up on the sales rack! I’ve learned to be very patient…

Images: all by Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages for

Preview: Anna Sui Spring 2013 Beauty Collection: Drama Queen

anna sui drama queen

When I started this blog, I promised my friend Alyssa that it would feature plenty of lipstick reviews. This is more of a preview than a proper review, but still, I think it’s worth sharing. I love Anna Sui’s clothing, and her makeup line (manufactured by Albion Cosmetics) often catches my fancy as well.

Continue reading “Preview: Anna Sui Spring 2013 Beauty Collection: Drama Queen”

Preview: Anna Sui Beauty “Black Veil” Holiday 2012 Collection

I’m a longtime admirer of Anna Sui’s work—I own quite a few of her dresses and I never tire of wearing them. One of my favorites is a simple black-lace dress with short sleeves and an A-line, knee-length skirt; it has gone everywhere with me.

When I read that the Holiday 2012 collection from Anna Sui Beauty was inspired by black lace, I looked forward to learning more. Here are some details and pictures of the limited edition “Black Veil” collection, due to be released in November.

Continue reading “Preview: Anna Sui Beauty “Black Veil” Holiday 2012 Collection”

Covet: Anna Sui for Tumi Luggage

I don’t have any travel plans for this summer, but if I did, I’d love to pack my things into this stylish set of luggage designed by Anna Sui for Tumi.

The line includes a carry-on wheelie suitcase, a tote bag, a laptop case, and shoe bags (not pictured). All of them are decorated with a black-on-purple design that could be a stylized butterfly or a pair of wings worn by an Art Nouveau angel. In keeping with my favorite designer’s characteristic style, the visuals are part 1960s psychedelia, part Aubrey Beardsley, and all Anna Sui. Continue reading “Covet: Anna Sui for Tumi Luggage”