Naum: The strength of design team Julia Jentszch and Waleed Khairzada lies in the ability to take a basic shape and mold it in a way that is distinctly their own, without getting tricky. In their beautiful presentation, the duo explored gender-bending looks in a range of silhouettes, from superslim pantsuits to voluminous parkas. An alluring boatneck was placed on an otherwise classic white button-down, while a zipper circled the waist of wool trousers. To appreciate the subtlety of the clothes requires a certain sensitivity, but the cleverness of these young designers is undeniable.

Réyes: Who knew an anorak could be so sophisticated? José Ramón Reyes did, and, luckily for us, he put forth a sporty aesthetic — including the opening funnel-neck windbreaker dress — that deserved major props, especially the retail kind. Inspired by sport-themed magazine shoots from the Eighties, Reyes sent out strong, athletic girls in lean shapes and dark colors, often detailed with the kind of thick zippers found on outdoorsy jackets. And Reyes also offered the unexpected element, like a chic black utility vest done in pony.

Alexander Wang: In just five short seasons, Alexander Wang has matured well beyond his one-knit wonders from 2004. He flexed some serious ready-to-wear design muscle for fall, mining an Eighties-inspired collection that referenced everyone from Janet Jackson à la "Rhythm Nation" to Azzedine Alaïa. That retro glance turned downright classy and refined with great leather motorcycle pants, structured cotton parkas and pebbled silk blouses. Even his charmingly simple chemise frocks got a fabulously edgy upgrade, one in allover hammered sequins and another with a glam gold grommet treatment.

Stephen Burrows and Stephen Burrows World: "It's about the functions of your life. You need clothes like these," said Stephen Burrows, citing a conversation he had with model Anna Cleveland. Everyday trappings were his inspiration, and the Stephen Burrows World collection was all about the effortless chemise-cut dress done in the designer's signature jersey and color-blocking style. Accents came subdued and simple, like lettuce detailing that trimmed the edge of a dress or came tumbling down a neckline. Even his Stephen Burrows eveningwear, pepped up with the occasional floral and animal prints, had a gentle, no-fuss attitude — perfect for those spirited Cleveland girls on the go.

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