Kenneth Cole’s fall collection was aimed squarely at the time-starved but fashion-loving modern woman who has minimal time to spend in front of her closet before dashing out the door.

Aiming for can’t-lose classics, Cole showed simple tailored sportswear like full-leg wool flannel trousers topped by fine gauge sweaters and neat, belted trenches; motorcycle-style jackets cut slim to the body with broad, dramatic lapels and worn over skinny pants; slim, knee-length skirts; and easy jersey dresses. As might be expected from a man who started out in footwear, there was lots of leather, worked into the clothes or done up on its own into long swinging coats, roomy bombers, over-the-knee boots, and big totes.

It wasn’t all dress-and-dash, though; Cole showed his charming side with Art Deco-detailed slips and bias-cut satin frocks, worn with fuzzy sweaters or one of those motorcycle jackets. Because even the hardest-working professional has to make time for nightlife, after all.

—Janet Ozzard