For spring 2012, Anna Sui is looking back — at the 1930s and 1940s. Her collection, shown yesterday in New York, featured strong shoulders balanced by nipped-in, belted waists, reminiscent of a film noir femme fatale. But the zany patterns, deep hues and quirky styling gave the presentation a playful twist. In a few shots, models were actually smiling.

Take away the turbans and the ankle socks, and you've still got wearable, flattering pieces that easily go from day to night.

Loving the strong red lip and the turbans!

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Must have the black dress in the middle.

The ruffled top and flowing pants on the far right seem made for the silver screen.

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Who would wear that floral number in the center? Linda Darnell in Fallen Angel, that's who. "I like the way you talk."

Anna Sui's spring looks like parties, picnics and playdates.

All of this needs to get in my closet right now. Especially you, red and white dress.

Headpieces too.

Doesn't every piece have a certain cinematic quality?

Images via via Getty.