There was nary a dickey in sight at Veronica Beard
's Fall presentation. Originally the cornerstone piece of the business, the signature blazers featuring zip-in collars have become just a small sliver of the full-fledged ready-to-wear range. This season, designers Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard were thinking about the kind of hip girls who party on the drag between the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Troubadour in West Hollywood. "It's about marrying bohemian with rock 'n' roll," said Miele Beard. The outfit that best exemplified this glam lifestyle was a slim tuxedo suit cut from metallic gold foiled denim. Elsewhere, the sister-in-law duo riffed on quintessential Saint Laurent motifs with lace-up safari tops, languid charmeuse wrap gowns, and batik-printed maxi dresses. While the flashy fare had definite nightclub appeal, it didn't feel as relevant as some of the lineup's more practical, everyday pieces. Highlights included a neoprene-bonded leather biker jacket paired with on-trend gauchos, as well as fringed tapestry sweatshirts and a camouflage jacquard parka coat with a detachable raccoon collar. No terribly groundbreaking ideas here, but overall these were real clothes you could picture real girls wearing right now.