I came across this absolute gem of a video the other day! Harriet Mays Powell chats to Anna Sui about her A/W 2010 collection, and I know I’m trespassing on old collections here, but it’s the video, rather than the clothes that I’m interested in. Look at H M-P’s fashiony blunder at 1:06 where she mistakes one of Anna’s tops for a child’s dress. How refreshing it is to witness something like this! What this says to me is, even fashion directors of renowned magazines make slightly embarrassing mistakes sometimes, so it’s ok to get Gucci and Pucci confused or to think Elie Saab is a women… (it is, however, still not ok to pronounce Versace, Vur-saiss, just to be clear).
I love Anna Sui, she’s just so cute and modest, but I have now developed a genuine admiration and almost affection for Harriet Mays Powell. What a hoot she is! There’s none of the austerity of the standard fashion editor with her, she can laugh at herself. The video acts as a nice little reminder that the fashion world isn’t all severity and aloofness with po-faced editors dictating left, right and centre what we should and shouldn’t be wearing… cheery editors also dictate left, right and centre what we should and shouldn’t be wearing!