The 4 Questions of NYFW (Take #18: Anna Sui)

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan
Friday, February 17, 2017

On Wednesday, Anna Sui reminded us that fashion should be fun at her fall/winter 2017 show. At Skylight Clarkson Square, top models walked the runway in looks inspired by the fashion and interior design of the ’40s. Spotted sitting front row was Neiman Marcus SVP and fashion director Ken Downing, who took a moment to answer our four fashion questions of the season.  Check back here for our last posts on NYFW in days to come.

A woman’s outfit isn’t complete without: a great attitude.

What are runway shows good for nowadays?

Absolutely nothing because when the clothes show up in the stores, the customers have moved on to the next one. But in reality, [runway shows] actually continue the dream of the fashion designers’ idea. They propel new ideas to come forward, giving us great styling tips and ideas we can work into our own wardrobe.

How would you improve fashion week?

I want to make customers happy and see fashion shows happening in real time. I want fall shown in fall and spring shown in spring. When everyone is on Instagram and Twitter, following their favorite social media feeds and excited in the moment, I want them to know that the clothes are going to be online and in brick-and-mortar retail at their disposable so they can shop to their heart’s content.

What does fashion say about America?

Fashion says many things about America. The runway represents not only our country, but the globe. It shows that we are so much more than just one people but an accumulation of many people, ideas and styles, because it all comes to the interpretation of cultures, arts, music, film and food. Everything that touches our soul finds itself in fashion. That’s truly what the fabric of fashion is about: our soul.


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