Looking at clothes isn't hard. But seeing a collection clearly can be a challenge, as it was today at the Libertine presentation. The models kept moving around, switching positions. The womenswear styling was cluttered and distracting. There was inadequate light. As a reviewer, you do try to see past these things and extract the clothes' merits. But sometimes, you just can't. Tonight, this reviewer left the Libertine presentation with little more than a cloudy impression of optical square-and-dot screen-printing, thirties-era bias-cut dresses, paintball, and menswear with lots of words on it.

So, hallelujah for the Internet. Looked at again, online, this Libertine collection proved to have a lot of good in it. Those floaty bias-cut gowns, for instance, got a nice kick from designer Johnson Hartig's graphic screen-printing—an allover application of red mottling, or a placement print of the optical dots. A full paintball look was a bit clownish, but the design looked smart on a pair of trim white trousers paired with an embroidered jacket. And this season was a strong one for Hartig's menswear: The square-and-dot screen-print sharpened the look of cut-off khakis, and the anoraks with shout-y words on them packed an enjoyable punch. Hartig's wisest words were saved for the item destined to be this collection's bestseller: A T-shirt printed, straightforwardly, with the warning "Don't Mitt Where you Sleep."