Marissa Webb said she took cues from her own on-the-run lifestyle for her new Fall collection. "Everything's hectic, chaotic, fast-paced. The collection is about feeling polished, feeling like you have a little edge, but at the same time not being constricted or confined, and not having to think a lot about it," she explained backstage. Sounds good, right? Who doesn't want to streamline their morning routine? But then she sent out the first few looks with leather arm warmers. Nothing simple about strapping on those babies as you rush out the door.

Look beyond them, however, and Webb did have some clever propositions. First and foremost were the jackets cut from gray marl, a savvy riff on the designer sweatshirt trend. Another smart look combined a white silk ruffle-front dress with a tailored knee-length gray vest: business on top, party underneath. Webb is most at home working in black and white and shades of gray—she's a Manhattanite, after all—but she did toss in some print and color at the end. The floral organza was a bit muddy. The pink was of the moment; we're expecting to see a lot more of it this week. That leaves the red, which was easily the best. In a vivid shade of poppy, a cropped V-neck and a matching floor-length skirt encapsulated Webb's message about looking cool without sacrificing comfort.