Anna Sui: For The Swinging '60s Preppy Schoolgirl Mod In You

Born in Detroit, 45-year-old Parsons-educated Anna Sui never really wavers from her girly/punky/preppy/babydoll formula, but somehow, it always works. For spring 2010, Sui showed retro funky schoolgirl, with lots of plaid, zany '60s patterns and a healthy dose of fun.

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The theme seemed to be circus, with a nod to Mary Quant. I'm not sold on the tights, but the dress is cute!

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A little window-pane pattern suit for grown-up schoolgirls.

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Styled in to a riot of color, this vest and dress would look great farther away from each other, no? Also: How cute is Chanel Iman?

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The collection veered into shine, which was maybe not the best direction.

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But a plaid shrunken blazer paired with matching walking shorts? Could go punk or prep, and looks pulled-together and fun.

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I'm digging the little vests, and the blouses, even if I wouldn't wear them.

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I wouldn't wear this either, but it made me smile.

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That punchy blue blazer could just as easily be paired with dark denim jeans; the dress has a nod to the psychadelic '60s without looking dirty messy hippie.

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Anna Sui did a Gossip Girl collection for Target. Couldn't you see this on Blair Waldorf?

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For some reason this makes me think, "Marcia Brady's big date."

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And this goes with the Brady Bunch classic, "It's A Sunshine Day".

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More adorable plaid suiting.

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"Let's meet on the quad at 3pm and go get sodas, it'll be a gas."

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A wee dress with a teeny tie and a bitty belt, because as a nation, we're scaling back, you know?

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One thing this collection has is a sense of optimism: Although Anna Sui loves black and purple, she threw in a lot of other colors and played with patterns, making upbeat, fun clothes — and instructing the models to smile. The show feels light, happy, carefree.

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Sui seems to find delight in girliness.

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And she also proves that spring clothes don't have to be bright yellow and green and white: This purple coat is fabulous.

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This right here — black and purple dress, verging on babydoll — is classic Sui. The sandals, on the other hand…

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Not band geek, band chic.

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LOL! How can she not grin? Her sweater has a freakin' cartoon lion on it.

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I love all the '60s prints, and if I can't wear them, I want them as sheets.

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This is Blair Waldorf's ass-kicking ensemble.

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Nix the tie and Michelle Obama's all over this.

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A wave from the lady who embodies "forever young."

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Wow. I love all of this. And the lion sweater vest: I love it so much I want to marry it.