FASHION: ANNA SUI x FORD MUSTANG UNLEASHED
Fashion success, Anna Sui, (synonymous with all things bewitchingly glamorous) has recently collaborated with another iconic American brand, Ford Motors, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.
The pair make “music” together in the form of Limited Edition T-shirts that reflect the spirit of Rock&Roll, and Ford’s newly redesigned power-pony.
I was recently invited to sit with Anna one foggy May morning inside her impressive NYC atelier with its lavender walls, red floors, antique black furniture, and signature dolly head mannequins, and learned more about the collection, its inspiration and also, the incredible Ms. Anna Sui.
A child of the Midwest, Ms Sui was born in Detroit to French-educated Chinese emigrants practically in the backyard of the massive Ford Motors plant. As a fan of the supercharged Ford Mustang she would often ride (her un-motorized bike) by the Industrial Goliath outpost and wonder about all the magic happening inside.
Ms. Sui soon fell in love with the Rock&Roll scene and the tremendous figures who drove it forward. At a very early age she knew fashion design was going to be her calling and that NYC was in her blood. Inspired by an article in LIFE Magazine, she moved to New York City and attended Parsons school of design and has since carved a distinctive niche in the runway world partially taking cues from her favorite rock stars that resonate in her dreamlike collections. Naturally, Ms Sui and her bewitching designs attract many famous clients such as Blake Lively, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Liv Tyler, and Courtney Love and has a amassed fashion empire worth over $400 Million.
“I loved working on this collaboration, I took inspiration from classic Rock&Roll posters and album covers” Ms Sui shares with me. “I worked with my team tirelessly and it had to be perfect.” She also noted that it was a challenge to capture the “hand drawn” aesthetic as it’s a style you don’t often see anymore. “I also looked to Peter Max and his gem-toned color explosions – h is a favorite of mine.”
Ms. Sui joins a line-up of five designers from around the world (including Rogan, Pamela Love, Paula Cademartori and CO|TE) who will each create three Mustang-inspired shirts, resulting in a collection of 15 designs. You will want all of them as they make you feel transported to that magical whimsy filled time of free love and fast cars all with beautiful graphic prints and a trademark Pony in the perfect pose.
Words: Patrick Duffy