Newly-appointed Bill Blass designer Steven Slowik had a tall order to fill today: create a collection that lived up to Bill Blass' legacy of classic elegance, while attracting Park Avenue's younger generation of socialites.

Slowik took his first steps toward that lofty objective by reworking some Blass favorites: The show opened with a limpid white suit and a cotton and chiffon dress that were both very promising. There were also a couple of comfortably chic masculine suits with feminine accents like visible hints of the jackets' lining on the lapel. Having said that, Slowik still has quite a way to go. His kimono dresses were not particularly flattering; large orchid prints on a suit and dress looked overdone; and the sequined evening looks were too long and shapeless for a young girl, and too decorated for a more mature client. In short, many of the clothes were neither here nor there.