"A career woman no longer needs to wear a power suit," declared Misha Nonoo at her new studio inside the CFDA Incubator. That statement says a lot about her tightly edited Resort collection, which was designed for a professional woman who wants to add a bit of lightness and femininity to her wardrobe.

While Nonoo's signatures were in full force—there were sheer insets, chevron sweaters, and plenty of pastels—she looked to the artists Robert Motherwell and Wade Guyton to help spur new ideas. A shiny blue skirt had a small band of horsehair trimmed into the hemline to create a wavelike detail, inspired by Motherwell's Beside the Sea; Guyton's broken lines informed the uneven stripe insets on several pieces, including a blue shirtdress and a collegiate sweater.

The mint-colored culottes, worn with a true-blue sweater with sheer white chevron panels, had a relaxed but totally polished feel, which seemed to be what Nonoo was going for. "It's about softness," she said. "But still composed."