A model walks the runway at the Jill Stuart Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on Sept. 10, 2011. (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ)

As for the runway show, Stuart presented her collection in a range of sorbet colors in shades of peach, lemon and pistachio. Least successful were her knit shorts suits, which left far too little to the imagination even for model-perfect figures.

A yellow stitched-down pleated, below-the-knee skirt paired with the same color long-sleeve blouse works for an early spring day at the office. Maybe slightly prissy, but a practical and pretty option for the wardrobe. To coordinate with a lavender pink pleated dress, Stuart showed a light lemon spring coat. And what a refreshing surprise it was to see her bring back that standard of yesteryear.

Designer Adam Lippes set the tone for his collection with upbeat music. Like many designers this season, he showed pantsuits along with jumpsuits and capes. A purple and pink polka-dot drop-waist dress was young and fetching as was a simple white cotton sundress, given personality with a cross-back bathing suit-like detail. Denim details on the collar and along the pockets gave a flower-print sleeveless jumpsuit a sporty aspect.

On the eve of Sept. 11, the evening ended on a more ominous note with Joseph Altuzarra’s collection. More about that in my next report.

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