For Resort, the team at Paule Ka wanted to take the notion of couture-influenced daywear, flip it, and then reverse it. Literally. Many of the overcoats were worn backward as dresses, and shirts were used as belts. "Somehow I feel this collection gives more freedom to women," designer Serge Cajfinger said. "They can mix and match and even wear some items back to front." The lesson of the day? Classics don't have to be boring.

But really, you don't need styling gimmicks to prove it. A palette of red, white, and black complemented the line's late-fifties shapes nicely. Any shopper keen on these silhouettes would be into the double-face wool collarless coat in red, or the boxy cream skirt suit lightened up with raffia embroidery. There were several cotton "throw-on" dresses, including a white A-line shape with a not-too-sweet bow attached at the collar, which could blend easily into just about any wardrobe. The loafers, however, were the thing: The plain black masculine style looked cool thanks to a clear kiltie flap.