Max Azria has built a substantial business translating the trends of the moment into accessible, easy-to-wear basics—the kind of clothes aspiring L.A. actresses quickly throw on before zipping off to casting calls in their sporty borrowed convertibles.

This season, for example, there were sensible top-stitched cotton double-faced jackets and trousers (perfect for that last-minute agent meeting), pistachio silk chiffon printed dresses that are a cinch to pack, and an eye-catching rose-bloom tweed trenchcoat. For younger customers, there was also an off-white patent-leather trenchcoat, a cedar-brown patent-leather skirt, and graphic, two-tone wedge heels that should be a hit with die-hard Barbarella fans.