With paint company Benjamin Moore as a sponsor, Chaiken had the audience expecting a bold show of color. While there were shots of orange, lilac, and buttercup yellow, creative director Jeff Mahshie kept with the season's burgeoning minimalist streak and focused primarily on form and shape.

Most of the collection's full-skirt frocks (shirtdresses for day; strapless in a crinkly metallic cotton for evening) appeared in white, black, cream, and navy, and many were finished off with rope belts and obi sashes. Of course, Julie Chaiken built the label on its smartly cut pants, and there were plenty of those, too. Some had raised waists, and nearly all with full legs. They looked great with a simple top and a cropped vest, another one of spring's ubiquitous pieces.