Western pioneers and prairie dwellers were the main source of inspiration this season for Anna Sui, a designer who has built her reputation on her ability to re-imagine the fashions of days gone by.

In her Art Nouveau-inspired showroom, equipped with wrought-iron mirrors, velour settees with heart-shaped backs and colored glass lamps, Sui showed antique denim dresses with embroidered hems, sheer Swiss-miss tops, and girly, dotted dresses worn with virginal white tights and ballerina flats. Spicing things up, the designer moved on to less innocent Daisy Duke-style short shorts, tight airbrushed jeans, and skimpy butterfly crepe shirts. Indigo and lace mini-frocks, floral tops and distressed cotton crochet dresses completed the collection.

Rounding off Sui's sexy update on Western saloon style were cameo brooches, turn-of-the-(nineteenth)-century necklaces and tan cowgirl boots.