The compulsion to clean house is strong in Spring—it's an opportunity to throw off heavy knits and turn the page on silhouettes that have fatigued the eye since February. For Nicole Miller, Spring 2008 is a moment for "streamlined glamour" and timelessness, not trends.

As she explained backstage, "After all those big dresses, it's time to bring things in." Sleek day frocks and high-waisted pencil skirts with pleated seams hugged curves that had been ignored of late. These were the kind of hardworking looks that loyal customers appreciate: classic enough for the office and sexy enough for afterward. Also fresh were wide-legged trousers cut in fluid tropical wool and paired with strong-shouldered blouses or boyish soldier's jackets.

The real news here, though, was Miller's sophisticated take on rompers (rechristened "short jumpsuits," to avoid obnoxious playground connotations). And, of course, it wouldn┐t be Nicole Miller without a few prints. She eschewed her beloved paisleys for stained-glass patterns in jewel tones. Though eye-catching, these worked best in smaller doses, i.e., a blouse layered under a cardigan. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing.