Anna Sui: Designer, NYC
Step off the elevator at Anna Sui's show room and you're greeted by purple walls and posters of models, each made up vintage Anna-style: dramatic eye shadow, black liner, and shiny lips — all-out glam. Inside, the ceilings drip with crystal chandeliers and Tiffany fixtures, and doll heads with smartly bobbed hairstyles decorate just about every surface. We sat down with the designer, a fascinating, cultured, music-savvy world traveler, to learn about the objects and inspirations that influence her inimitable look.
I'm obsessed with black pearls. My cousin went to Tahiti and brought me back two of them, which my favorite 25th street vendor made into earrings; my dad bought me the ring years ago. I carry a pouch containing a ring my mom gave to me at every fashion show. It's my good luck charm
I'm crazy for: Chinese-inspired chinoiserie and Peranakan ceramics and their unusual color combinations.
Fave NYC flea markets: The Antiques Garage, Showplace on 25th Street
Travel dream: The Silk Road, starting in Western China
Fall/Winter 14 Collection: Dark & murky jewel tones
I took two trips to Singapore last year. So, I must really like it
Currently reading: A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
On repeat: Mixed tape from my niece
Favorite track: Soko, Something Makes You Feel Like
My favorite flea market vendor made this for me – some parts are Chinese, mixed with old Victorian amethysts
Korean mother-of-pearl inlay inspired one of my latest cosmetic bags
For inspiration, I love the Jalan Surabaya Flea Market in Jarkarta, Indonesia and NYC museums – NYC has the world's best
Favorite wedding moment: My brother Eddie's wedding; my grandparents were still alive and we were all together.
First dance pick: "Alfie" from What's It All About: Burt Bacharach Reimagined
"Without true love we just exist" - Burt Bacharach