Porsche has been designing products other than automobiles since the fifties, so while the clothing line bears the legendary sports car's name, it's not the sort of thing you find at a gear shop. In fact, Porsche Design is a luxury brand established in 1972 that sells watches, sunglasses, luggage, and more. For Fall, creative director Thomas Steinbrueck—who was president of merchandising and design at Kenneth Cole New York before joining Porsche Design in 2011—was actually thinking a lot about the seventies. "The collection was inspired by late-'70s alpine wear, but it was more about the mood," Steinbrueck said backstage after the show. "We wanted it be retro-futuristic, not retro."

Steinbrueck was able to accomplish that aesthetic goal, building a 44-look collection for men and women that had a contemporary vibe nodding only slightly to the past. The women's looks in particular were nicely executed. The opening number—a cropped navy felt jacket, paired with a navy turtleneck and a slightly A-line wool skirt—was a winner, as was a low-cut dress in mustard felt that snapped together at the front. For men, a chunky-knit olive sweater worn with leather trousers stood out as being distinctive but not too flashy. (A quilted crew-neck sweatshirt in rust, on the other hand, might've gone one shade too far.) Steinbrueck's experience at Kenneth Cole suggests he'd be good with accessories, too—the chunky buckle boots for women had a definite appeal.