On a runway lined with her high-powered pals (Tina Brown, Maureen Dowd, Candice Bergen, Fran Lebowitz), Diane von Furstenberg sent out a crowd-pleasing Spring lineup of real-world clothes that started where her Fall collection left off. This season's nomad searcher is "looking into antiquity for effortless beauty," with Egypt and the desert on her horizon, along with a side visit to the Pre-Raphaelites. Saucy tiger-print safari suits and leopard-spot shirtdresses mingled with floral-appliqué chiffon and a daisy-chain maxi dress, while brightly colored macramé hippie frocks mixed with more urbane jersey numbers.

This is always a dress-centric show, but von Furstenberg threw in a tailored look or two as well; with their printed-silk and lace-foil belted jackets and cropped, high-waisted carrot pants, they aren't necessarily office-bound, but the silhouette is on trend. For evening, von Furstenberg heated things up with a draped gold mesh dress and a gold coin-beaded leather gladiator shift. Day or night, her girl is accessorized to the nines, with crowns of golden leaves threaded into crimped 'dos and stacks of woven bangles inching up both arms to the elbow. But if the extras were over-the-top, the clothes were grounded in wearability. The going may be tough these days, but von Furstenberg is one adventurer who keeps going.