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Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer


I spent the hour before the Anna Sui show in the thick of the behind the scenes action. Trying to make myself as unobtrusive as possible to the getting ready process, I glided around witnessing top models like Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Frida Gustavsson and beautiful others prepping through hair and makeup. I heard directly from the head hair and makeup artists about the thought process behind the super mod look. I even got a word in with Anna Sui herself in the moments before the start of the show! Oh, and I had some fun with sunglasses…

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Going chronologically here, when I arrived at the backstage area, the models were all in run-through mode so there was zero motion by the ready mirrors. This gave me a moment to check out the Anna Sui Beauty Bar - she was showing press like me her signature perfumes, her new shoe collaboration with Hush Puppies, and her collection of spectacles.

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

I told you I went a little nuts with the glasses, but they’re so fly I had to give you a little show of them.

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

That was fun, but seriously, back to the real models. Zuzanna Bijoch and Daphne Groeneveld give serious backstage face.

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

The über talented Pat McGrath was responsible for the cosmetic creation. The aesthetic is perfect natural skin with futuristic lashes and lids. She achieved this look with tons of mascara infused with beeswax for extra thickness and playing with liner above the crease of the lid. Just a very small amount of blush on the apple of the cheek keeps the face nude without looking dead. The light white shimmer on the eye is Snow Blossom by Covergirl.

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

The famed Garren styled the smooth mod sixties hair that carried the show. He calls the look the “Mod Bardot” with fullness at the crown and full fringe with a center part, “Kind of the way Anna [Sui] wears her hair.” To get that voluminous lift at the root, he used Furterer Volumea. Girls with shorter hair were styled in that curly Twiggy kind of way. He envisions this hairstyle on girls having fun, not taking itself too seriously. And we’ve been forewarned, Garren states more as a fact than a vague prediction, “Fringe will be for Fall.”

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

I serendipitously crossed paths with Anna Sui on my way to enter the front of house to watch the show (we heard the announcement, FIVE MINUTES!) and I managed to squeeze two questions in:

What are you most excited about for your show?

“I hope people like it, that’s what I’m feeling.”

From what I’ve seen backstage, I’ve noticed a mod theme. Is the whole collection going that way?

“You’ll see. There’s a transition that happens, that’s what I’m trying to express.”

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Now, more images for your viewing pleasure:

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Backstage at Anna Sui: Models, Beauty & Thoughts from the Designer

Written by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.