Tousled urchin cuts and tiny, innocent shifts swung Alberta Ferretti's Philosophy show in a cute, sixties, Mary Quant-ish direction. White laundered Peter Pan collars—some of them tied on slightly askew as separate accessories—turned up on the necklines of cream knit and crochet dresses, flower-printed smocks, shirtwaists, and undone chiffon blouses, all of which looked borrowed from a 14-year-old Twiggy or the pages of an early Biba catalog.

Whatever the season's ostensible theme, though, nothing gets in the way of Philosophy's mission to deliver its pretty stock of signature dresses to the girls. So, while breezing past the sixties with some little white cotton raincoats and silver shorts, it also had interpretations of twenties, thirties, and forties frocks, not to mention a timely nod toward Empire nighties. It's a forgivable habit. Ferretti has many winning ways with charmeuse, cutwork, and fluttery chiffon that give her second collection almost as many attractions as her first.