Anna Sui is adamant current fashion trends are much too casual.
The American designer has been in the business since the early 1990s, and over the years, has expanded her empire to include footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, and accessories.
In a new interview with CBC Radio One’s q show with Tom Power, Sui explained that she is tired of athleisure outfits dominating people’s wardrobes.
“We’ve had such a seismic change in how people dress in these last 20 years because things have gotten so casual,” she said. “I remember when you went on a plane before, you would get dressed up: you would see men in suits, you would see women in dresses. Now, you see pyjamas, leisure wear, exercise clothes, shorts. You know, it’s just completely broken down. It’s certainly been adapted by fashion now, the whole ‘athleisure look.’ And now you can buy $1,000 sweatpants and $1,000 sneakers.”
Sui, who explored the grunge fashion scene together with designers such as Marc Jacobs in the ’90s, went on to note that she would love to see the idea of “dressing up” become popular again.
“I wish there was a movement. I wish there was something where people want to get dressed up again,” she sighed. “And it’s not just because I want to sell clothes. It’s because I love getting dressed up.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Sui reflected on her first encounter with Madonna. While attending a fashion show in Paris alongside photographer Steven Meisel back in 1991, the popstar surprised her by turning up to the venue in one of her designs.
“She was wearing my dress,” she remembered. “That was one of those moments where I thought, ‘Maybe I do have a chance. Maybe I can do something.'”
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