It was raves all around after Narciso Rodriguez's show tonight. The designer has been going from success to success lately, but this collection really got the blood pumping. And it wasn't just the girls in the crowd whose pulses were racing. Yes, there were pantsuits and beaded muscle tees and trousers that all nailed the way we want to look at work right now. But those slipdresses with the sheer mesh backs that plunged all the way to there—those were people-pleasers, and by "people" we mean those of the male variety. Satisfying both a woman's wardrobe needs and a man's eye, that's the whole package. And that's why this was the most successful lineup of Rodriguez's career.

How'd he do it? Backstage he played it modest. "I love my work," he shrugged, then added, "it's a good time in my life." It showed. Rodriguez dug into color for Spring: a blood orange sheath was bisected down the front and across the waist in brick; a teal and moss green crepe dress came with laminated-wood paillette embroidery; and one of those muscle tees was embellished with dense swirls of brick, marigold, and black beads. And then there was the sex. Rodriguez spliced shirts all the way down to the navel, and cropped the underpinning below the bust to reveal several provocative inches of midriff. He placed an arrowhead-shaped cutout at the solar plexus of an otherwise demure ivory silk sleeveless shift. And as for Kinga Rajzak's embroidered slipdress, if you think it looked good coming, trust us, it looked even better going. The clothes should sell like gangbusters in the stores. One high-profile retailer was so gobsmacked she said, "There's no reason why anybody should dress any other way."