In response to her clients' requests, Rachel Comey focused on occasion dressing for Spring, an area the work-and-weekend-wear designer had previously left unexplored. "I'm used to thinking about dresses that work for night, but for like a Tuesday night," the designer said before her show. Saturday night dresses meant a few firsts, from ruffles to beading, and a return to last season's high-end fabrics, such as a hand-cut fille-coupe from Italy. Admittedly, the sight of a pink strapless minidress blooming with an outsize ruffle on the bodice was a bit jarring at first. But that's the sort of jolt that's bound to happen when you're changing gears.

Overall Comey carried off the new embellishments with her signature subtlety and easy femininity. A navy shift with a sheer back had tiny, brightly beaded lines where the tops of pockets on a dress shirt would be. It provided a touch of evening-appropriate sparkle while also giving a nod to the menswear that Comey so often turns to for inspiration. In an attempt to temper all the fancy stuff, she showed sleek one-piece bathing suits, some printed winningly with designs from men's neckties. For a day not at the beach, there was an easygoing pale-pink blazer with snap-button closures and a pair of perfectly slouchy camouflage pants. Accessories are a big part of this designer's business—a sunglass collaboration with Prism this season added eyewear to her offerings—and as the brand continues to evolve, it's nice to see Comey meet its clients' needs on all fronts. Comey fans with somewhere special to go will now have plenty of playfully elegant options.