Sari Gueron's day-before-show-week presentation, a tableau at the St. Regis hotel, proved prescient in its prettiness. The Israel-born, Connecticut-bred designer showed a well-edited collection of 13 lovely dresses that, as it turned out, fit right in with the week's trend of feminine clothes with a bygone elegance.

Against the hotel's ultra-formal, burgundy-and-wood paneling, Gueron's soft, slightly off colors—curry, lentil green, teal and gold lace—popped beautifully. The various silhouettes, including wrap styles and scarf fronts, recalled the twenties and thirties, and Gueron's love for the innovative French designer Madeleine Vionnet. The interesting color mix, and the modern sense of ease, made these dresses just right for putting on the Ritz.