To expect particularly challenging styles from Charlotte Ronson's eponymous line seems unreasonable. Ronson makes pretty, feminine clothes that are wearable, and would look right at home on the fields at Coachella, or in a hipper-than-average workplace. No matter the hue, they seem to smack of a generally sunny disposition. So has new ground been broken with her Fall offering? Nope, and that's all right, by and large. Ronson's pieces have earned her a strong fan base (both celebrity and non), a collaboration with Uniqlo, and two diffusion lines with mass-market retailers (Urban Outfitters and JCPenney). Why mess with success?

Taking off on the idea of a dark fairy-tale romance, the CR heroine got to swan about in lots of leather, velvet, and black for Fall. But the two floral prints—one a velvet spattered in poppies, the other a Technicolor rosebush pattern—fell flat, and the former felt even a bit down-market when seen in a skimpy, strappy dress, like some American Idol–ized shorthand for bohemia. The collection's high points were many of the simplest pieces: a soigné black sheath with a sheer neckline and pussycat bow; a fit-and-flare black leather dress with a laser-cut skirt, which moved wonderfully; rich garnet velvet trousers; a black maxi gown with beautiful lace overlay. While surely there are customers out there who would be keen to see Ronson push the aesthetic envelope a tad, all told it was a collection that should serve to continue her career momentum.