Pink was promised at Richard Nicoll’s spring show. The benches that lined the parking garage venue were painted a bright shade of bubble gum, with show notes to match. When he finally delivered that peppy hue on the runway — a short group that included a pretty tiered slipdress and structured houndstooth shifts with sheer layering — one wished it hadn’t been so fleeting.

The rest of the collection clung to Nicoll’s signature sporty tailoring and transparent layers, such as bomber jackets and shorts, boxy T-shirts with exposed zippers, and graphic black-and-white stripes that, frankly, trickled down the trend food chain a year ago. If full of safe commercial bets, it could have used a few more bright ideas.

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