"This is a floral collection," Douglas Hannant
said backstage before today's show at the New-York Historical Society. "It's organic, but not in that old granola way." Granola? Here? Certainly not. As Hannant described her, this season's woman was eccentric but chic: "She wears what she likes, but she has style." Eccentricity meant we got a little bit of everything. On one hand, a swingy jersey dress in a pretty green and white bamboo print was low-key and uncomplicated. A few organza blouses with stand-up ruffled collars and cuffs, on the other, looked stiff and stuffy. Hannant may have been going for whimsy, but the result was a touch comical. A better eccentricity came through in the models' ostrich handbags, hand-painted with tropical flowers by Hannant himself. They looked like a social doyenne's charming art project. For special occasions, a pale blue and white beaded gown with a sheer Chantilly lace skirt garnered applause; it had just the right amount of sparkle and a flattering, body-skimming cut. It's clear that Hannant had fun with this collection, and while the results were mixed, there are casual and formal pieces here with a lighthearted spirit sure to appeal to the designer's clients.