The late sixties and early seventies keep rematerializing this season. Those years were reference points for Piazza Sempione, too, but this being the department store-friendly brand that it is, the interpretation wasn't quite as literal as what we've seen elsewhere. Marc Jacobs had precise black and white stripes on skirtsuits and column gowns; here they were brushstrokes on a party dress. Gucci opened with tunic and trouser sets in sizzling brights; here, again, the shocking pink separates were less retro-fabulous than they were real-world appropriate. We can't all be principessas.

Quite the opposite. Piazza Sempione's clients are working women for whom comfort always counts. What captured the brand's easy-to-wear mantra best was a pantsuit cut from paisley-print silk. The unconstructed blazer was as effortless as a pajama top.