For Spring, Holly Fulton took her ultra-graphic, sixties-inflected pop glamour on the road—or, rather, the sea—imagining her ladies aboard a cruise ship, hitting various ports of call in the highest style imaginable. There are no half measures in the designer's vision of Art Deco and tribal motifs, either printed in bold black or rendered in a whole trimming shop's worth of embellishment. Here, palazzo pants (a cruise requirement) and a full skater-skirt silhouette—which stood out in a rain-slicker yellow laser-cut dress—joined the straight-cut shifts and jersey gowns Fulton is known for.

The reference may have been a boat, but the giddily patterned and decorated look easily qualified as jet-set, finished as it was with iridescent aviators, far-from-shy Art Deco jewelry, and matching clutches or vanity cases. Actually, those finishing touches have garnered Fulton nearly as much attention as her clothes, and could be the path to real commercial viability. Then again, amid show ponies like the tiered skirt with a thick black fringe sandwiched between a cityscape pattern were workhorses like solid, plain jersey tanks and tees. But Fulton has more than mere wearability on her side: The power of such an energetic and unique vision is that everyone seems to be rooting for your success.