Anna Sui: For The '90s Folkloric Flapper Girly-Girl In You

For fall 2010, Anna Sui's vision didn't veer from her usual comfort zone: Flrity, fun garments with a handmade vibe. Touches of embroidery, floral prints and velvet in saturated hues make Old World ideas look new and current.

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This ensemble really represents the bulk of the collection: Lots of patterns, loose shapes, but girlish, and done in with optimism and coziness.

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Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1993.

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I think the loose peasant dresses are pretty great: Pair with black tights or, as seen here, patterned ones and you've got an easy, pretty fall outfit.

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The idea of mixing patterns always scares me, but when it looks this good, how can you resist? I think they key is fit — if the sweater were tight and pulling over an enormous rack (like mine), it wouldn't work.

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Wow. Armwarmers! And the velvet looks so plush. I love the rich, unexpected colors here.

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Take me home, to the place where I belong! West Virginia, Mountain Mama… La la la, I forget the words.

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Yeah yeah yeah, babydoll dresses are shapeless and unflattering, blah blah blah. I love this. LOVE IT.

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Anna Sui has always created unabashedly girly things, and these tights — paired with Mary Janes, no less! — are completely classic Sui.

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Kind of rock 'n roll, kind of hippie, kind of '70s, kind of '90s… Totally comfy and cute.

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OH HAI AGYNESS. Gonna go home and listen to some Pearl Jam?

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Loving the warm color palette: No beige or muted Marc Jacobs mustard here!

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There was, however, quite a bit of fur on the runway. Some traditional stoles in non-traditional colors, as well as this… er… unique… coat. Kinda looks like a dead Ewok to me.

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Anna Sui loves purple. I think I had a Gunne Sax/Jessica McClintock dress like this when I was in 4th grade.

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In this collection, black doesn't mean somber…

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…And grey isn't "safe" or boring.

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In fact, this kicky little black number is begging to be taken to a party.

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She likes her jazz hot and her champagne cold. And served in a saucer coupe, not a flute.

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Is this little dress almost too sweet? Is she going to tapdance and sing "The Good Ship Lollipop" in a minute? (I hope so!)

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The textures! Everything just looks so soft and touchable. And easy to wear.

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A wedding belle! The metallic boots make the frothy, lacey dress bearable.

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The lady takes a bow.

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yvanehtnioj
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Say something nice, say something nice .... I like the one-color-palette dressing look. It's kind of refreshing and interesting, wearing a bunch of variations on pumpkin or blue or tan instead of matching or contrasting for effect. Also I like tights, particularly those in #11.