Max and Lubov Azria have been banking on the fabulously foolproof nature of the dress for a few frock-centric seasons now. This Spring was no different. The Azrias carried on last season's idea of the silky, endlessly wearable color-blocked number, adding a measured dose of athletic chic. Some dresses came with hoodies. All were spliced and pieced in various techno-bright shades tempered by planes of putty and gray and sheer panels, zigging and zagging around the body. The sporty didn't, however, preclude the sexy. High side slits and tacked-on panels of chiffon pleats made for flirty flutter while nearly every look exposed a slice of shoulder.

The need-for-speed look was tempered by the organic nature of the wooden platform sandals with bronze embroidery worn with every outfit. They hinted at the tribal turn to come at the far end of the show—a section where there was a bit too much going on in a single dress. Though this collection wasn't as tightly focused as their recent Resort outing, it was a welcome development to see the Azrias move past minimalism.