If anyone had any doubts that the design team of Inacio Ribeiro and Suzanne Clements could move beyond dainty cashmere sweaters, this collection ought to dispel them. The couple's Spring show could be best described as sweet and vicious, pairing feminine, delicate looks with hard-edged, punk-inspired ensembles.

Draping and gathering, a key element this season, showed up on floral-printed dolman-sleeved tops and billowy, mercilessly short dresses. Blazers were sharply nipped and strong-shouldered, worn with black, unforgiving fitted trousers, eyelet-studded belts and vertiginous heels. Formerly innocent gingham prints were also given a makeover: a translucent, one-shoulder checker dress looked dangerously sexy. Even more overtly brazen looks included a rugby shirt with a black bikini bottom and several mesh tops that left practically nothing to the imagination.

The collection was certainly a daring one for Clements Ribeiro, and in less capable hands it may have veered toward the vulgar. As it turned out, it was a success.