The mismatched velvet couches, well-trod oriental carpets, and antique chandeliers at the Jane Hotel provided the backdrop for today's Behnaz Sarafpour
presentation. "I wanted something from another time," she explained. "This ballroom's turn-of-the-century charm brought out the collection's Art Nouveau influences." A tunic-length jacquard vest shown with crisp wide-leg pants that had embroidered irises (a symbol of the Art Nouveau era) snaking up the sides struck the balance of old world and modern that Sarafpour was aiming for. Ditto the pale pink strapless cocktail frock with peplum-like flap pockets embellished with sparkling opals and resin pieces. Compared to those two standouts, the guipure lace capelet dresses and flutter-sleeve organza tops on show seemed a tad too delicate for the type of free-spirited girl who parties at the Jane on a Friday night.