In the world of Narciso Rodriguez, "trendy" is a dirty word. Avoiding gimmickry at all costs, Rodriguez relies on precise cutting and obsessive attention to detail to create a minimal—and lasting—elegance.

With a nod, perhaps, to the almost ritualistic pleasure of getting dressed, Rodriguez showed cotton toile jackets and poplin cutout dresses fastened by rows of tiny eyelet hooks. His version of the classic white shirt was carefully seamed and paneled, turning it, in effect, into a light, fitted jacket. Transparency and layering were important themes: a crepe de chine U-neck dress really came to life when a wrap skirt was thrown over it. Rodriguez's most dramatic statement was a stunning glass tube short-sleeve dress, which seemed to reflect every light in the room.

Anyone blessed with an accessories fetish knows that Rodriguez is currently producing some of the best shoes around. This season's sky-high, pointy ankle-strap stilettos are his best yet.