Emmanuelle Chriqui, who attended Reem Acra's Spring outing sans entourage, said she was "obsessed" with the jumpsuits. "They're so feminine," she gushed. Not to mention unexpected—coming from a fancy-frock designer with tendencies toward overstatement (note the heavy-handed princess jewels throughout). In Acra's hands the jumpsuit was transformed, through soigné draping, from a tomboyish article of daywear into something for a seductive evening in a modernist Neutra setting.

The label skewed younger than before—with shorter lengths, luxurious pajama pants, and lace T-shirts—and this was a welcome development. "Fashion might be a serious business," the program proclaimed, "but it is also about joie de vivre, celebration, and fun."

The pieces with a vivid field rose print were especially strong, as were the simple and airy first two looks. True, some of the draping was a bit, well, drapery-like, and the designer certainly could have made her point with about half as many looks as hit the runway. But Acra succeeded in communicating a festive mood.