Other designers may be embracing color, clashing prints, and embellishments, but minimalism isn't a passing fancy for Calvin Klein Collection's Francisco Costa. As is his habit, he stuck steadfastly to a monochrome palette at this morning's Resort presentation, showing dresses and skirtsuits in black, white, navy, or icy gray. The silhouette was body-conscious but not clingy; waists were clasped with micro-thin belts, and hems grazed the upper shins. Models wore white-soled sandal flatforms.

In the early going, the only attempt at seduction was a keyhole cutout on the bodice of an ivory frock. But if the collection started out spare, Costa warmed up toward the end, suspending sleek evening looks from thin strips of silver hardware. The sexy yet understated halter dresses will be a no-brainer for his celebrity followers.