Covet: Anna Sui Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

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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 Style.com’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?)

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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 Style.com.

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Covet: Charlotte Olympia “Fairy Tales” Shoes

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I love fashion. And I love books. (Not in some hipster-Instagram, “I love books! they’re so old-school!” way, but as someone who has been reading actual books for close on four decades, and owns hundreds of them, and spends much of her time in libraries, and most definitely does not own an e-reader. Okay, rant over.)

I would never actually wear these shoes, but they’re certainly fun to look at, aren’t they? with their heels embossed and ridged to look like the spines of very old leather-bound books? They belong to Charlotte Olympia’s “Fairy Tales” collection. So much better than a glass slipper.

Image: photo via Tom and Lorenzo.

Covet: Book Skirt from Garnet Hill

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I usually wear dresses, rather than skirts with tops, but if I were looking for a new skirt for autumn, this one from Garnet Hill would be at the top of my wishlist. Why? Because it has a print of bookshelves. The catalogue suggsts that each row of books also “looks like an urban skyline.” Sure, why not? Two of my favorite things.