"Pre-fall is about capturing the last spark of summer," Erin Fetherston told Style.com at her Tribeca studio last week. Reminiscing about a trip she recently took to Los Roques, an archipelago in Venezuela, allowed the designer to do just that. The crystal-clear water and brightly colored buildings lent themselves to a folkloric print that appeared on a shift dress and a lightweight button-down tank. A black and white ikat pattern was the other print story, appearing on a cool motorcycle jacket and a body-con number with a cutout neckline.

Dresses have always been a strong suit for Fetherston, and they were the focus here. Among the standouts: a party frock in a metallic jacquard and a black cocktail number whose sequined skirt was veiled with a layer of organza (an attempt to explore sparkle with subtlety that worked). On the other hand, it's evident that the designer is also upping the ante on the separates front. Tailored shorts paired with a fuchsia collared blouse will be fundamental when riding out the final waves of next summer.