In a season marked by an absence of color, Marni designer Consuelo Castiglione bucked the all-black trend and delivered the type of sentimental yet modern clothes that will provide a welcome alternative for women who crave a romantic touch.

There was nothing heavy about Castiglione's papery dresses with loose ties, embroidered wrap skirts and flower-appliqué coats. Instead of the tight, vampy miniskirts that have taken over many runways, Castiglione showed flowing A-lines with pretty marigold prints, boxy and comfortable jackets with colorful square patterns, and lightweight, comfortable V-neck sweaters. Contrasting leather sashes, dark stockings and large circular totes worked wonderfully, though the Japanese-inspired wooden shoes Castiglione used may not be for everyone. For evening there were antique-looking dresses with distressed straps, beaded inlays and multiple see-through layers, as well as a striking champagne skirt.