Anna Sui Does Fun, Fabulous & Flirty '40s

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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.

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

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Loving the strong red lip and the turbans!

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Must have the black dress in the middle.

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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."

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

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

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Headpieces too.

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Doesn't every piece have a certain cinematic quality?

Images via via Getty.

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Ari Schwartz: Dark Lord of the Snark

Image 3 does NOT flatter the woman on the left. She looks rather... upset.

Also, jumpsuits are back? I weep for the future. Also, for women's ability to go to the bathroom.