* WESTCOTT FENASCI: Carla Westcott and Gene Fenasci design absolutely exquisite eveningwear with rare subtlety and confidence. Shouldn’t be missed.
* CYNTHIA STEFFE: Vastly improved, offering smart diversity for the working woman, from long skirts with military jackets to poor-boy ribbed dresses.
* JENNIFER GEORGE: Her best collection ever, clean and concise with great melton coats, military suits and cashmere tweeds.
* RANDY KEMPER: This collection marks Kemper’s move from bridge to entry-level designer, and he rose to the challenge, showing his fine hand with well-tailored suits, a beautiful camel alpaca coat and a black raincoat that reverses to gold. This line will be the first to hang in 16 in-store shops Mitsukoshi plans to open for fall.
* TROA: No retro here, just good looking classics — peacoats, shirtjackets and trousers — sometimes in gentle colors like celadon and ice blue.
* BCBG MAX AZRIA: Can’t afford Prada? Can’t afford Miu Miu? This is a feisty well-priced take on Miuccia’s collections.
* GIRLS RULE: Punchy looks from Planet Claire’s modern-day Viking girls to Roxy’s arts-‘n’-craftsy Seventies style, the show trend-surfed through the junior’s market.
* Janet Howard’s dusters.
* Gemma Kahng’s fake-fur trimmed coats and shrunken sweaters.
* Ev & El’s tweed coats. l Rodney Telford’s leather jackets and long, skinny angora skirts.