When the lights dimmed at the Avery Fisher Hall terrace and Etta James’ “Sunday Kind of Love” started to play, one could easily be forgiven for dreaming of a romantic date by the Lincoln Plaza fountains below. Perhaps Zac Posen planned it that way because, for spring, he showed several charming looks suited to just such activity. The mood began with the first few day dresses out, including a pretty, muted floral silk and chiffon one and a pleated rose-print style cinched at the waist. Posen continued the spirit with a lovely rose-embroidery motif, used beautifully on a navy bustier worn with a long satin skirt.

At times in the past, Posen has gotten a little carried away with the evening revelries, but in a welcome move here, he largely reigned it in. Even his more elaborate gowns had a touch of lightness. While a few overworked designs may have better served a different century (the finale’s tiered organza ballgown on Coco Rocha), for the most part his day dresses demonstrated a more grown-up elegance.

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