Sometimes it takes an outsider's eye to appreciate the nuances of America. After designing Miguel Adrover's knitwear for two seasons (who can forget the breathtaking spider-web shawls?), Frenchman Pierrot has brought a Midwest backwoods aesthetic to his runway.

Inspired by his frequent visits to rural Michigan, Pierrot (né Pierre Carrilero) designed an all-knit collection that includes camouflaged hunting bodysuits, coats with dangling furry tails, a sweater that reads "The Right to Bear Arms," and several Native-American-inspired ensembles. Not one to skimp on details, Pierrot also covered his New York runway with autumn leaves, interspersed a rubber animal or two among the models, and provided a stunning photo-panel forest backdrop.

In contrast to the sometimes predictable and commercially oriented Bryant Park collections, Pierrot's performance stood out as one of the truly enjoyable and original highlights of fashion week.