Mark Fast's show today represented a welcome return to form for the designer. Put simply, the clothes here were realistic: Though Fast didn't stint on the skintight, barely there dresses for which he's best known, and though he did allow himself a few oddball embellishments, he also sent out a plethora of pieces that had universal appeal. Chief among these were the many knit garments in Fast's variegated stripes. The crop tops and fitted skirts had a sporty mien that lent a new dimension to his signature sexiness; meanwhile, the stripes added a graphic edge to the cozy, oversize wool cardigans and jackets. Elsewhere, the designer asserted some discipline over his feral fringes, saving the look for cool, hairlike shrugs and a few voluminous coats. Despite all the layers, this collection had a cleaner look than that of recent Fast seasons, and the clothes appeared better fitted and finished. The trademark hedonism remained intact, but it was expressed with a nice sense of refinement.