The name of Farah Angsana's Spring collection was Oriental Enchantment, and during her presentation she explained it was her homage to Japan. There were shades of pink for the cherry blossoms, a pale caftan with butterfly sleeves and a thick belt of dense sequins, and a raspberry cocktail dress with an origamilike skirt and beaded flowers around the bust. A stone-blue kimono jacket, embellished profusely, was grouped with other blue dresses, ranging from aquamarine to baby, to represent the "clear summer sky," according to the show notes.

Kimono aside, there wasn't much about this collection that was particularly Japanese—you can find pink flowers and blue skies just about anywhere—but Angsana is selling glittery cocktail frocks, not a concept, so the idea of an inspiration may be a bit beside the point anyway. This season's decision to show in a presentation format instead of on the runway was the right one. These clothes are best seen while mingling; they may not stand up to too many bright lights.