The backdrop was pure Times Square. Bright, shifting blocks of color on the walls spelled out big, graphic New York-centric puns: All Hail the Cab. Long Live the Queens. Big Apple of My Eye. But the first look out—khaki trench and cropped trousers finished off by a nonchalantly looped silk scarf—told us we'd be touring the city in the company of an exchange student from Paris. Donna Karan called the silken square the DKNY Heritage scarf and showed it as a dress, a top, and naturally, as a scarf knotted into a neat band around the neck, its ends trailing down the back.

There was more of that gamine sensibility in the gently ruffled blouses that cycled from white to rose to turquoise, and the lengths of grosgrain ribbon used as belts tied into perfect bows. But as we all know, the fashion world is flat. There may be no sure things in retail anymore, but these smart khaki pieces, pretty yet simple blouses, and bang-on-trend midi-length dresses should be a commercial hit on any continent.