The two keys to Vera Wang's lively Resort collection were lightness and layering. A hard combo for some designers to pull off, maybe, but not for the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement winner. Wang knows sheaths backwards and forwards. They were lovely on their own, but she wanted to treat them in a fresh way, so she topped them with clingy knits cropped right below the armholes, with lace vests, or with sheer tunics, which injected the lineup with a sporty ease. The casual tone continued into evening, for which she showed a tulle shift embroidered with geometric matte paillettes over another shift in a delicate dot pattern.

At the other end of the masculine-feminine divide (lightness and layering wasn't the only opposition she was interested in) were pin-striped suiting pieces. Cropped trousers and Bermuda shorts, both with contrasting seersucker waistbands, had a fresh tomboy vibe that she hinted would continue into Spring.