Few designers can match Vera Wang's command of discreet sophistication. In addition to producing ready-to-wear collections and running a made-to-order atelier, she has recently completed a substantial coffee-table book answering every possible question one could have about planning a wedding.

Wang is all about couture-like elegance. While there's nothing here in the way of sensible everyday separates, there are perfect little black dresses—one short georgette number has a ruffled skirt and a detachable bolero jacket; another, with cutout shoulders, is gently cinched at one side—and some very serious full evening looks. Among the best were a floor-length halter gown with fishtail hems and a long column with elastic leather straps.

There's no shortage of color in this collection, either, thanks to some stunning cocktail dresses in frothy, fruity shades. Standouts? The melon slip with a jeweled lace border and the printed chiffon halter with sequin fringe dangling from the neckline to the floor and around the waist.