Women who secretly raided their boyfriends' wardrobes in search of sharp-cut Richard Edwards trousers and blazers will be delighted to know that the duo have debuted a womenswear line for Fall 2001. Clean lines and an all-American feel are still the design mantra for Richard Bengtsson and Edward Pavlick, who first teamed up in 1995 to create a small but effective line of men's clothes.

Sleek pencil skirts and trousers were worn with asymmetric wrap shirts, impeccable jackets and gathered-front turtlenecks; leather tops with ruched waistbands looked strong and sexy. Subtle details like gently gathered lapels that created a foulard-like effect on classic coats gave the collection a touch of whimsy and saved it from straying toward the conventional. Easygoing pleated dresses, an assortment of shiny knockout suits and several fabulous tomato ensembles promise that Richard Edwards will make quite a splash with Manhattan's no-nonsense power-dressers.