Backstage before her show, Charlotte Ronson
attributed her golden glow to the sunny shade of the dress she was wearing—look 15 from the runway lineup—and said that water had been her main source of inspiration for Spring. That yellow hue was part of a palette that began with the ocean's blues and greens and expanded to include the reflection of sun on the water. There were florals, too (it would be hard to imagine a Charlotte Ronson show without them), but a painterly print of the ocean and horizon looked great worn on a sheer tee and short shorts. As for the silhouette, Ronson looked to the strength of waves to inform a somewhat sexier shape than usual. Waists were nipped in or revealed entirely, and mesh cutouts drew attention to the shoulders. High-waisted sailor shorts were fittingly nautical, while an ivory pair in embroidered organza also had the girlish quality that's key to this collection's appeal. Less successful was a tight, color-blocked minidress; it looked like it was trying too hard to be tempting. Ronson would do well to continue developing her feminine point of view. The sporty ease of many of her pieces—like this season's great track jackets—keeps her soft sensibility from getting too sweet.