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Anna Sui Turns Jimmy Page’s Tapestries Into Wearable Art

We get the Led out at least once a week, so when we learned that the ornamental prints that glided across Anna Sui’s runway were inspired by our beloved Jimmy Page’s hoard of tapestries, we were extra enthused about this season’s offerings. Paige collected the pieces from Pre-Raphaelite deity Edward Burne-Jones, who’s collection was on display at The Tate’s Pre-Raph retrospective earlier this year. Sui went, saw, and just like that, her vision for spring was born.

Sui sent out a lovely array of her signature flowing dresses, capes, kimonos, in a mix-and-match assortment of fairy lace, floral chiffon, and copper wallpaper print. As we presume Sui would have hoped, everything looked as it had been snatched from the racks of Granny Takes a Trip by today’s modern hippie. Considering that the devil is always in the detail for the designer, the accessories made just as much of a statement, from the knee-high gladiator sandals to the flower crown toppers. The same could be said for the hair and makeup, which was commanded by fluffy fresh-out-of-braids hair and frosty blue eyeshadow. Another highlight was seeing a male model hit the catwalk every now and again, bedecked in a shaggy coat or botanical print blazer paired with skinny velour pants. Every forethought about how a man should dress kind of went out the window in the ’60s (in the best way), no? And while the clothes stand just fine on their own, seeing them at one of the designer’s elaborate productions was magical as always. Sui arranged for the runway backdrop to be painted in style of The Fool — a Swinging Sixties design collective that colored rock stars’ wardrobes and things, from George Harrison’s mini-car to The Beatles costumes on the 1967 television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love.” Additionally, one of our favorite tracks from The Beatles’ psychedelic chapter, “The Inner Light,” played as Sui’s favorite supermodel (and ours) Karen Elson opened the show in an elaborate gold headdress.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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