"If I ever do hard edges, it means I'm on drugs," Lela Rose joked before her fall show. And true to her word, the Texan designer sent out 28 of the pretty looks for which she's known: full skirts paired with trim jackets, cocktail dresses topped with lace, and strapless gowns with jeweled necklines that would have sparkled on her clients the Bush twins at their countless inaugural balls.

For day, Rose showed a gray turtleneck with a pink gathered-waist skirt, and a ruffle shirt with pageboy pants, but even those came with a sprinkling of sequins. Evening is where she shines, because that's what her audience demands. A mix of jewel tones (citrine, loden, and bright violet) and textures (metallic herringbones and embroidered Jacquards) pleased all present, including Celerie Kemble's much photographed Jack Russell terrier, Anchovie.