Monday Muse: Marianne Faithfull Inspires Anna Sui
To kick off our new Monday Muse series, the FTD team chose Marianne Faithfull, a name that we heard thrown around a lot in the hair and makeup frenzy backstage at shows during New York Fashion Week as designers drew heavily from her iconic ’60s look for the spring 2013 shows.
While she’s well known as muse and lover to one such Mick Jagger and also for her decades-long battle with drug addiction, Faithfull has had a long career that includes more than just being a rock star’s arm candy and a poster child for the pitfalls of a fast-paced lifestyle. She is officially credited with co-writing Sister Morphine by the Stones and unofficially with influencing many other famous Stones’ songs. In addition to her singing, work in films and plays (Girl on a Motorcycle and Hamlet, respectively) and an autobiography to her credit, Faithfull’s indelible ’60s style had designers and fashion lovers praising her effortless style.
We think of her as one of the original street style pioneers. Seemingly every time she stepped out — with or without Mick — she was wearing a chubby fur or a bohemian babydoll. She was rarely seen without touches of lace, poet sleeves or a carefree attitude that parallells Kate Moss — on her best days, that is.
Anna Sui gave the chanteuse credit for inspiring her spring 2013 collection. Always influenced by music — punk and rock specifically — Sui’s collections, as we found out at FABB, are an exploration of her so-called “genius boxes,” where she gathers inspirations she finds along her travels, daily life etc. Sui mines her genius boxes (which she’s been gathering since her teens) for clippings and strings together an inspiration board of colors, patterns and muses. We saw many hints of Faithfull in Sui’s lace leggings paired with everything from her beloved babydoll dresses to romantic peasant silhouettes. Another Faithfull touch? That would be the same eyeliner that the singer rocked back in the ’60s. We even got a glimpse of Faithfull in the sweet velvet chokers that Sui tied around a few models’ necks. And while Sui’s models didn’t have blunt bangs, the coiffed beehives with side-swept bangs not only modernized the whole collection, we think they’re a chic way to bring bangs back.
Photos courtesy Marianne Faithfull and Style.com