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Does anyone remember that winter when the band My Chemical Romance released their album "The Black Parade," and you couldn't watch a late-night talkshow without seeing them perform in monochrome bandleader jackets? Imagine now that they are actually teenage girls, and got to design a fashion line. If this were true—and they mixed in a little flower power—it would be Anna Sui's Spring/Summer 2010 collection shown in the Bryant Park big tent last night.
After randomly chatting with Lynn Yaeger outside the tent and then Vogue's Hamish Bowles inside the tent, we took our seats way down by the photographer and the end of the runway; this meant not-so-good photography conditions. But when The Who's "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" began to play, we relaxed and got in the groove with Sui's trademark use of copious black and purple and hippie influence.
Along with the bandleader theme, Sui showed preppier looks than usual, obviously influenced by her working with the Gossip Girl idea to refine the Target collection, which was itself based off of older pieces of hers. Even the black coat from the Target collection gets an update here, shown shorter and in a rich purpley blue. Here's a full gallery of looks so that you'll get to see what we mean.
· All Fashion Week Spring 2010 Stories[Racked]