Pictured on the incandescent backdrop of Anna Sui’s spring runway wasa single home amid a rolling field of wheat. Or a little house on aprairie. Yes, this was Sui’s paean to the heartland. The girls emergedas youthful free spirits cast in dusky sepia tones — faded blues, ruddybrowns and lilac — that traced back to the Terrence Malick film “Days ofHeaven.” Sweet pioneers came in patchwork prints, cowboy plaids, suedepinafores and chambray rompers paired with boots and featheredheadbands. Not one for a singular influence, Sui loaded her paisley silkbaby dolls and handkerchief-hemmed skirts with a multitude of kindredcorn-fed references, from Joni Mitchell to Holly Hobbie. There werefolksy cardigans crocheted with rainbows and clouds and doily shorts. Abrief dark streak of witchy-woman dresses aside, the collection radiatedsunny American beauty.

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