Tawfik Mounayer compared his label's current position to that of a bird taking flight. "Last season we were at the edge of the nest," he said during his well-attended presentation. "Now I feel like we're soaring." Tribune Standard recently added Nordstrom to its retail roster (its first big department store), so the brand is certainly on the rise.

Taking the avian theme further—and giving a winking nod to his own confidence—Mounayer created Tribune Standard's own "status print": a rich pattern of cognac and russet pheasant feathers that popped on a sweet silk blouse for day. For night, the plumes morphed into dripping paillettes; hanging off the bottom of an ivory silk column dress, they created the impression of being half-dipped in quills—in a sexy, Black Swan sort of way. Noting the saucy tassels on a belted, cinnamon-hue bib dress, Mounayer mentioned a subtle Marrakesh-in-the-seventies vibe, but it was subtle, indeed. The collection was more ladylike than louche, and felt, happily, timeless.