girl got sexy this season. Long, lean, wearing a pair of killer over-the-knee boots and a second-skin knit, she did not seem in the mood to be coy. Still, even as Natalie Ratabesi hardened the Philosophy look up, she stayed true to its essentially romantic nature. The squared-off jackets and stovepipe pants were worn with bias-cut chiffon tunics that wafted behind the models as they walked. (There's been a whole lot of wafting going on in New York this season, but Philosophy is the brand with wafting chiffon in its DNA.) Elsewhere, the mood was sweetened by a passage of looks in pale blush, such as a nearly sheer merino knit worn with a skirt lightly dusted with silver sequins. The ghost of nineties-era Philosophy walked in that look. And Ratabesi conjured the spirit, too, in the speckled devoré velvets and the fringed chiffon wrap-gowns that closed the show. The simplest of the latter were the best—some of the embellishment here came off a little nonspecific, frankly. But the finale look, a sheer black number with a touch of fringe, really offered a lesson in how that whole wafting thing should be done.