Jennifer George: Simple Pleasures

Jennifer George knows a good thing when she sees it. She returned to the tableaux-style showing that she did successfully for spring and it worked again. Over breakfast, accompanied by soothing live music, she showed easy shapes sans gimmicks -- just well-cut sportswear with a modern twist. A short cashmere flannel jumper had a grown-up schoolgirl appeal, and her knits, from a short ribbed cashmere dress to a cropped basketweave pullover, looked great.

Hubert Franco: the right cut

In only his second season, Hubert Franco showed he knows how to cut a mean suit and dress. This is one young designer who doesn't bulldoze you with his presentation, yet manages to pitch all the trends of the season. The beauty of Franco's collection was in his artful combinations of textures, such as copper wool jersey and silk crepe, as well as his details. His love of glamour came through for evening with his striped chiffon pants or gowns. The only runway guffaws were the skimpy charmeuse and jersey A-line dresses.

Gemma Kahng: Well-Suited

Gemma Kahng has always been big on the little suit, and this time around her fitted jackets topping flippy short skirts have hit their stride. She showed them with tights and knee highs, ankle boots and lady-like backpacks. Kahng's toned it down from past seasons lightening up on the embellishments just a tad, but keeping her sense of humor. A circus animal print and feathery Tibetan lamb and Mouton collars and cuffs on jackets and coats were fun and lighthearted. Kahng, however, got a little heavy-handed with her tricky black satin and velvet evening looks.

Elizabeth Fillmore: Night Line

Elizabeth Fillmore staged a salon-style showing of her evening clothes Friday night. Models lounged in arm- and boudoir chairs, one in lavender leather, creating an oh-so-civilized mood for clothes that fit the bill. Fillmore did justice to wine-colored coup de velours in some skin-tight T-shirt dresses and kept the casual but elegant sensibility going with some casually sexy satin slip numbers. It may only be her second season, but she's already learned the power of keeping a show short and sweet.

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