This is Craig Natiello's fourth season at Halston, a house with a glorious past whose recent history has been somewhat tumultuous.

Today Halston is the place to turn for special-occasion dressing, particularly if you are looking for a printed or embellished column dress for a night on the town. Among the best looks from the Spring collection are a black Empire-waist floor-length dress with center-front slit, and a navy-and-white overblown silk floral.

Natiello's reign at Halston continues the long tradition of Seventh Avenue dress- and suit-makers rather than that of Roy Halston Frowick, a true innovator, whose legacy continues to have an important influence on designers today.