The mix is the message at Vera Wang for pre-fall. Posing the question "Is it high day or low evening?" she sent out a simple shift with a shirttail hem in super-luxe floral damask and added an elasticized waistband to a floor-length column skirt in corded jacquard, then paired it with a button-down in humble cotton. A boyish tuxedo, meanwhile, was made to look more feminine with the addition of ruffled silk faille trim at the shoulders and a bullion and crystal collar necklace.

Jewelry, once such a big part of the Vera Wang oeuvre, has gone missing from her runway shows for several seasons. At the request of retailers, she reported, she's bringing it back in a big way. The necklaces and the crystal encrustations at the waistline of a sheath dress or on the pockets of a fox-collared evening jacket made this collection feel a little bit like a walk down memory lane. Revisiting your hits isn't a bad thing when it produces a look like Wang's sleeveless top in amythest satin jacquard and matching floor-length hobble skirt.