"There are actually things here I want to wear," one retailer said as she made her way through the crowd at Creatures of the Wind's presentation this morning. "Everywhere else I go in New York, it's just runway fantasies." An up-and-comer couldn't ask for a better compliment. Sales, after all, are what keep designers in business. Shane Gabier and Chris Peters' talking points might've been a bit out there this season—"psychedelics, late-sixties mystics"—but there were indeed pieces that could turn everyday dressing into a delight. A long dress tie-dyed deep purple, acid green, and black merged ease and chic. And a white sheath with sequined short sleeves and decorative darts at the midriff would make getting ready for cocktail hour a snap. The Chicago-based designers are deeply interested in technique. A lot of the pieces put the inner workings of a garment on the outside, but the slip-lining fabric and the outline of a bustier that wasn't actually there on a little black dress were subtle enough not to look gimmicky.

As for the psychedelia they promised, there was plenty of it: in a trim blazer, the top half of which was floral jacquard and the bottom half black lace over silver lamé; in a pink and blue vintage lamé zip-front jacket over a fuchsia lace blouse and lime green satin skirt. In a blue lace shift with a pulsating red lining. Gabier and Peters are the complete package: They're promising craftsmen, and they're dreamers, too.