The Harmon show began under a cloud: First, editors had to cram into agonizingly slow elevators for a crawl to a 24th floor Garment District studio. Then, as the crowd searched for their seats, the building's fire system malfunctioned, resulting in blaring alarms and loudspeaker announcements for the next several minutes.

Once proceedings got underway, though, Andrew Harmon quickly soothed his rattled audience with a smartly done, commercially viable collection (his first to include women's as well as men's looks). For the guys, there were neat and polished ensembles, like a black cotton poplin dress shirt worn under an ivory V-neck sweater vest, under a sand check wool jacket. When the palette veered from the neutrals, it went toward red—which looked boldly stylish in a wool gabardine notched-lapel jacket over a sage-and-white jacquard dress shirt. This show may not have set the world—or, thankfully, the building—on fire, but there was plenty to warm the retailer's heart.