"Inspiration is so ephemeral," Rebecca Taylor said backstage before her show, revealing that she picked up ideas for this season piecemeal, from favorite artworks in the Louvre to items in her interns' wardrobes. Taylor has always had a yen for piecework and collage in her clothes, and this season's sheer dresses and asymmetrical skirts were no exception. The best kept the mixing to a minimum—a mid-calf-length skirt fluttered in and out of a geometric pattern in pale citron and a floral print in salmon pink and cornflower blue.

Less successful were the looks with too much sparkle, which sometimes felt cheap. A chiffon jumper in gunmetal leopard was both too gunmetal and too leopard; the addition of suede cutout sleeves and a dusting of colorful sequins pushed it over the top. But there were few such missteps. A shibori print in white and cool liquid blue popped on two standout dresses, one edged subtly with a classic Taylor flower print. The Japanese technique was Taylor's nod to the country's earthquake, but the effect was optimistically bright.