Sunday, December 8, 2013

Anna Sui on fragrance, her Pre-Raphaelite spring & la nouvelle boheme

Fashion designer Anna Sui was in San Francisco October 26 to celebrate the launch of her latest fragrance La Vie de Boheme at the Union Square Sephora. The fruity (top notes of burgundy berries and dragon fruit with ripe pear) but not-too-fruity fragrance (mellowed by vanilla and a touch of sandalwood) with a hint of floral (rose, freesia and the lingering peony) is the latest perfume from the ever-expanding Sui empire that includes her eponymous clothing and cosmetic lines and perhaps, one day, even a home label.

“I’ve always been a decorator,” Sui revealed, between photos with fans. “I’m working on finding the artists and getting the licenses one day to do a home line with everything from furniture to sheets and towels.”

SFUnzipped spoke with the designer about her newest fragrance, her pre-Raphaelite meets rock ‘n’ roll spring collection and where the prolific flea

The Smell of “Boheme”

Every fragrance that I’ve done has been inspired by something in my world but it’s more aspirational like “Sweet Love” “Sweet Dreams” “Flight of Fancy” and about discovering new worlds and ideas. We never did anything that was inspired by the fashion. It was such a natural when we hit on that. Whenever you talk about Anna Sui you say “It’s girly, it’s nostalgic, rock ‘n’ roll and bohemian!” It seemed like the right time.

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