The Zoe Report

Meet The Woman Who Basically Invented ’90s Style

Designer Anna Sui opened the doors to her eponymous store in New York City in 1992. Her iconic feminine take on grunge and punk style (read: baby-dolls and slip dresses rendered in satin, lace, velvet and moody florals) paved the way for the ’90s aesthetic—which is back in a major way. Although street-style stars like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid may be partly responsible for resurrecting trends like the choker necklace, it was Anna Sui who played an integral role in the invention of this uber-cool vibe (some key pieces from her archive are currently being reissued by Opening Ceremony, more on that later). In an exclusive interview, the designer talks with us about building her brand, her rock ‘n’ roll influences, and (yes!) some epic moments from that glorious era when Naomi and Linda ruled the runways.

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