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Sui It Ain’t So

Sui It Ain’t So

Designer collections at Target are pretty much par for the course these days, so it didn’t seem like ground-breaking news to hear that Anna Sui was the latest high-ender to offer some affordable options for us plebeians to pick up at our suburban Tar-jay. What did cause me to sit up and take note was the news that Anna Sui would be designing a Gossip Girl-inspired line, with each look inspired by one of the show’s cast of female characters – Blair, Serena, Jenny and Vanessa.

Brilliant, right? Meh, sort of.

Out of Sui’s 19 looks (which drop in stores September 13, the day before the season premier of GG – how convenient…), only a few are mildly entertaining. The breakdown:

By leaps and bounds, the Blair-tastic looks are the big winners for Sui. But really, it’s not that hard to throw a ribbon bow on a high-collared dress and—poof!—it’s Blair-a-licious! The Brilliant: a white lace long-sleeved dress with baby blue ribbon bow (shown above). The Tragic: a black A-line dress with bric-a-brac trim.

I had no idea that the Upper East Side’s wealthiest high schooler shopped the 8th-grade semi-formal section at a Jersey mall! The Brilliant: n/a. The Tragic: a tie between a tweed vest-and-jodhpurs combo with ribbon trim at the knees and a dumpy black nylon jumper with an elasticized waist.

Maybe it’s the fact that Jenny went from a preppified mini-Blair to a gothed-out faux rocker chick with an eyeliner abuse problem in ten seconds flat, but Anna Sui’s take on Jenny is a little confused and confounding. The Brilliant: a boho-esque black and white drop-waist dress. The Tragic: You’ve seen the picture above – the second one from the left? Enough said.

I’m not really sure how Anna Sui imagined Vanessa, but judging from these four looks, I’m pretty sure it had something to do with the Blizzard of ’78 and a ski lodge. The Brilliant: n/a (I can’t really get on board with the orange-and-brown color palette). The Tragic: everything.

Still jonesin’ for more GG? Peep all 19 Anna Sui looks here.

Posted by Amelia