Spend a few moments with Tucker designer Gaby Basora and you'll pick up on her carefree nature. For her latest pre-fall collection, that same easy breezy, down-to-earth quality carried over to the clothes. "It's the quintessential Tucker recipe," Basora said at her Soho studio. Fans of the label will recognize the essential ingredients—dainty floral prints, a fresh color palette, and classic silhouettes like high-waisted flares and tie blouses. This time around, she did the pants in denim. A tie-neck top was paired with camel cropped trousers. That look channeled Lauren Bacall at the Carlyle Hotel, Basora said.

The designer's favorite gals showed up elsewhere too. A navy and white short-sleeve sheath was inspired by Marilyn Monroe and a to-the-floor white tank dress was originally meant to mimic the black one that Sofia Coppola wore while running down the street in "1993 Changing Fashion," a video short she did with Anthony Kiedis for Details magazine. Striped linen separates and a made-to-look-like-tweed metallic pink shorts suit were also in the mix. That was a good call on Basora's part, because like it or not, every recipe needs an update now and then.