Catherine Malandrino is always traveling back and forth between Paris and New York, so it's only fitting that the designer cites the dynamic between the two equally fashionable cities as inspiration for her latest collection. "I wanted to capture the majestic, royal quality of Paris for the woman who lives at a fast pace in New York," Malandrino said before her presentation. Dresses and separates were updated with sporty elements like power mesh and Lycra that appeared on body-hugging silhouettes. The most memorable frock came in an icy pastel snakeskin print with graphic suede patches. Compared to last season, the sexiness factor was toned down a few notches. While some looks did bare skin—such as a three-piece skirtsuit whose third component was a bralet—it was done in an elegant, sophisticated way. "There is no cleavage this time," Malandrino said. "Just unexpected windows that reveal the body." One example was a pair of white silk wide-leg trousers worn with an embellished front-zip blouson that completely zipped up to reveal only two inches of midriff. But it was another embellished jacket—leather with enamel nailing—over a feminine romper that stood out the most. It's a strong statement piece. And we bet it travels well, too.