Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia staged their first runway show today, a major moment for the husband-and-wife design duo (not to mention a nice way to spend Valentine's Day together). After seeing the first few looks in motion on the catwalk, it became clear that this season was not only an upgrade for Sachin + Babi
's presentation format, but also for the clothing itself. Backstage after the finale, Sachin explained that for Fall, they wondered, "What would a love child between between Jim Morrison and Kate Beckinsale look like? And more importantly, how would she dress?" So needless to say there was a lot of leather here. "But she isn't a tough girl with this hard exterior," Babi clarified. "We wanted to show the more delicate side of leather." A lipstick red lambskin shift dress, for example, was broken up by pleated chiffon on the torso and hemline. And an embossed crocodile suede flared skirt was balanced out with a gauzy T-shirt and plush navy fox fur jacket. S + B ramped up its eveningwear offerings this time around, too—perhaps to attract more of a Hollywood clientele. We wouldn't be surprised to see Gwyneth Paltrow (or any A-lister fond of flaunting her toned gams) turn up on the red carpet in one of the saturated jewel-tone gowns with double thigh-high slits. Overall, this collection indicated a new, more refined direction for the two-and-a-half-year-old contemporary label.