In an era when sex appeal seems mostly to be about big displays of flash and flesh, Carolina Herrera sent out a coolly appealing collection that made a case for subtly seductive elegance.

Satin is one of the season’s most important fabrics, and Herrera’s were some of the most beautiful so far—mouth-watering, fluid blouses and skirts in richly pigmented blues, burgundy, gray and creamy white. She paired those pieces with slim pencil skirts and tailored trousers and topped some with buttery, light Persian lamb coats and jackets or swingy sables. Elegantly tailored suits and coats never got too serious, thanks to a body-hugging cut and soft colors like dove gray or toffee.

The Herrera woman has a packed social schedule, of course, which calls for a few evening looks. If she's feeling flirty, she'll grab one of the designer’s bouncy ball skirts edged in feathers. Would-be sirens, meanwhile, will find that her slinky, body-skimming gowns flatter both their assets and their intelligence.