Catherine Malandrino's Fall collection picked up where her Spring Nomads show left off. Named Khan and inspired by an image of the Earth as seen from above, it was a densely layered, richly textured melting pot of influences. In the mix were a Belle Époque-ish black velvet cocoon coat with echoes of Paul Poiret; Ali Baba pants in linen or nubbly tweed; draped chiffon dresses in abstracted zebra motifs; leopard-print furs; and somewhere in the middle, a bon chic, bon genre oversize cashmere sweater and cuffed full-leg trousers. The show was also long on the kind of crafty details that the French-born New Yorker has made the calling card of her designer-priced Malandrino label. Among all the fringing and embroideries, there were scads of leather either laser-cut into racy strips and feminine eyelet or stamped with graffiti hieroglyphs.

At times, you could get the feeling that you were on a Sunday afternoon stroll through a tribal costume exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. That's a dangerously literal path for a designer to follow, but Malandrino was unabashed: She said she was thinking about our communal ancestors and our modern nomadic life. In any case, take the looks apart and there were plenty of timely, sellable pieces here.