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60's Club - Anna Sui brings "Peppermint Lounge" Memories to New York Fashion Week Day 2

New York Fashion week veteran designer Anna Sui calls her fall/ winter ready-to-wear 2023 collection " Peppermint Lounge"vibes. The Peppermint Lounge was an Italian restaurant on West 45th Street in the 60's that was briefly the hottest club in the world. The Ronettes and the Beach Boys played there and the Beatles stopped by on their first trip to the US. Wikipedia says that Jackie Kennedy was such a fan that she arranged for a pop-up Peppermint Lounge to be set up in the White House.

The collection brings together many of Sui’s signatures, like chiffon tea dresses with thick black lace trimming, crochet caps with her 1993 grunge collection, mix of textures "tweed with chiffon ", play of geometric prints all adding to the cool freewheeling, magpie sensibility.

American fashion designer Anna Sui is a New York Fashion week veteran. She was named one of the "Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade",and in 2009 earned the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) joining the ranks of Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Sui is a second-generation Chinese-American born in Detroit, Michigan; and adds the Asian sensibilities to her design collection. As 2023 is the " Year of the Bunny" ..Anna Sui's 2023 RTW fall/winter collection trended cool bunny caps.

Key Colours were ivory, icy pinks, minty greens played in contrast with darker hues of corals and sap greens to create a cool 60's inspired collection . Rubber soled cowboy boots ,metal studs, oversized accessories added to the grunge vibes.

Backstage Sui explained the long lost club’s hold on her. “I feel like this generation is missing out on that intimacy of having a place to go and dance. Where you don’t have your phones, and you’re just checking each other out and getting dressed up for each other,” she said. “I love the whole idea. It’s human.”


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