With indie queen Sofia Coppola beaming in the front row and plenty of Marie Antoinette romance on the runway, Anna Sui’s spring collection was an urban ode to those bygone days at Versailles.

Still, while Sui’s Louis XIV romp was cinematic enough, it was no costume drama. In a melee of playful prints — wallpaper florals to folkloric to Art Nouveau — she layered her fleets of girlish dresses with punkish trimmings and pirate stripes.

Only a sure hand could mix those sundry elements with such abandon and come up with a look that was both charming and cool. And while Sui’s styling was winsomely wild, back in the showroom those clothes will boast just as much real-life appeal.

Now that’s having your cake, and eating it, too.


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