With spic-and-span white coats, fluffy après-ski jumpers and practical zip-up jackets, Dries Van Noten graciously stepped in to deliver a wave of color and lightness amidst Fall's sea of black.

Peach leather trenches, speckled blue jeans and gray corduroy suits with important shoulders shone bright on Van Noten's round, immaculate runway. Billowed sleeves, deep necklines and colorful poppy prints livened up long, monastic dresses; classic coats and jackets were anything but boring thanks to quilted lapels, gathered sleeves and, in one case, a built-in trailing scarf.

Van Noten's accessories underscored the designer's unflinching sense of control. Eye-catching patent pumps, tall boots, fluoro heels and quirky leather caps all effortlessly complemented his airy looks.