Backstage at Charlotte Ronson
, the designer described her girl: "She's a Parisian in New York. She's studious and intellectual, but she likes to have fun. The dresses are sweet, but you can see the body underneath." Feminine with a tomboy twist is a Ronson specialty—she has a knack for keeping things on the cool side of pretty—and the result is always lighthearted (the Ronson girl is the one who made high school look easy). So Ronson's brainy beauties got glasses and nameplate necklaces that spelled out "Bookworm"—along with "Gamine" and "Tomboy"—to wear with their seersucker gingham dresses, eyelet tops, and Peter Pan collars. But, as the designer promised, it wasn't all study sessions. That eyelet top came cropped, and the seersucker dress had an open back. Cutouts were a recurring theme, and the graphic black-and-white cherry print had a cheeky edge. The white leather dress Ronson wore zipped apart completely at the midriff, leaving a standalone top, or, if you kept it attached, the option to expose as much skin as desired; it looked great on the designer as well as on the model who wore it. Ronson found her groove this season. The mood was refreshingly low-key, the muse charming, and the pieces special.