When most people travel abroad they bring back pictures, postcards, and perhaps a trinket or two from the local tourist traps. Miguel Adrover and his creative director, Sebastian Pons, spent six weeks in Egypt, lived with a family in the countryside for 24 days, and returned to New York with enough inspiration for a full-fledged Middle Eastern collection.

Adrover's Egyptian jaunt, which was staged in an incense-drenched market-turned-tent, included everything from floor-length caftans and coats worn with turbans and chadors to blazers with harem pants and jodhpurs, layered printed tunics and jet-black robes. Adrover also sent out several nomads carrying large packages on their heads, strict military cadets, colonial-era emissaries, and a shepherdess who was left sans sheep when the fluffy creature refused to take to the runway.

Some may argue that few women will want to wear endless layers of earth-sweeping gowns for everyday life. But it's a pleasure to confirm that fashion is not always just about stilettos and tarty see-through tops. Those who absolutely insist on practicality can simply pass on Adrover's more fanciful looks and concentrate on the chic trousers, smart skirts, plaid jackets and ruffled dresses that will work perfectly well in any cosmopolitan environment.