Leopard prints and pretty florals are virtually guaranteed at Rebecca Taylor, but for Spring her flair for the sweetly feminine was tempered by stronger silhouettes. It was one of her freshest collections to date.

"I wanted to see shoulders, waists, and legs this season," she said backstage. Gone were Taylor's once-staple floaty peasant dresses. In their place: polka-dot high-waist denim shorts, metallic trousers with elastic cuffs, and quilted boyfriend jackets in bright tulip prints. And while there were still plenty of ruffles to keep fans happy, they were best in small doses. (A dramatic organza dress worn by Kinée Diouf, by contrast, appeared ready for liftoff.) All told, it was an engaging effort that will be well received by city girls who prefer to walk on the sunny side of the street.