Talk about the ultimate play-date: Sarah Sophie Flicker and Karen Elson brought their daughters to Anna Sui, where the dressed-up tots got to watch Lindsey Wixson stick out her tongue during her walk down the runway from their side-by-side perch in the front row. Their mothers didn’t look too shabby, either—both arrived in practically matching black-and-white dresses accented with jeweled headpieces (courtesy of Erickson Beamon) and kewpie-doll eyelashes. Did Flicker and Elson coordinate their outfits? “We were lucky enough to borrow stuff from Anna, so I suppose we did!” said Flicker, adding with a laugh, “I think when you’ve been best friends with someone for long enough, you just morph into a similar person. Which is lucky for me, and maybe not so lucky for her.”
The two have been spending plenty of time together recently, working on a new “super-political” show for The Citizens Band that is, according to Flicker, “pro-voting, anti-apathy.” “If people are silly enough to think that the difference between a Republican and Obama isn’t a big difference, then they should listen to what Mitt Romney [was] saying about not caring for poor people, they should listen to Rick Santorum’s anti-gay rants. I mean, it’s insane, and we need to inspire everyone out to vote….don’t get me started on this topic, I could go on!”
Moving on to safer territory, we asked if there were any items in her wardrobe that were off-limits to her daughter. “I think more than anything, I’m happier with her playing in my stuff than, say, Barbie, or something like that. I say yes to old theater costumes, no to plastic as much as I can,” she explained. But that doesn’t mean that they listen: “When you first have a child you think, ‘Oh, I’m never going to let them play with that stuff.’ And then you realize that it’s inevitable and that they have to let their freak flag fly.” If ever there was a lesson on embracing personal style, it would be at Anna Sui, where the models who walked the runway in velvet caftans and knitted owl hats received ebullient applause.