Tyler: Richard Tyler’s secondary collection, Tyler, is as young, flirty and sweet as it could be without becoming a junior line. But, done well, that’s always a breath of fresh air. And it was. Shown informally around the indoor pool of his Washington Street home, these clothes were easy on the eye. The separate pieces were playful enough, but Tyler took it all a bit further, playing with a long floral-print cotton shirt, peeking out from under a beige A-line mini; throwing a tiny but rugged olive cotton jacket over a long, striped cotton button-down shirt, or teaming D-ringed cargo pants with a red cotton knit tank top with a pocket on the back. The cotton voiles were great — in the form of a lavender high-waisted ice-skating skirt or simple, melon-toned asymmetric dresses. There were capris, little tennis skirts and a cute denim group in the same mood. It was only some lackluster beige rayon knit jersey dresses that looked a bit dowdy, almost like an afterthought, compared with the free spirit of everything else.

Cynthia Steffe: Want to look like a modern pinup girl, sexy but sweet, too? Well, Cynthia Steffe is the designer for you. She said that her collection was inspired by the Fifties Vargas girl, and her opener was a slew of flirtatious white numbers — lace-up dresses, ababy-doll dress with a net inset, a shrunken lizard jacket and little capri pants — which were all both playful and tantalizing. Even the vibrant color palette said girly, with such looks as a pretty pink layered-hem skirt, a charming watercolor baby-doll dress and a frothy emerald chiffon cascade dress for evening. And who would have thought that bondage elements could look as innocent as they did in a strapped-bodice tunic over classic white bermudas or a pleated mesh tennis dress? It all made for a timely collection, and one of Steffe’s strongest to date.

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