View Slideshow

Swiss-based designer Adil Bouarbi presented a tailored but youthful collection of separates and dresses that could take a woman from day to night with finesse.

His notch-lapel blazers exhibited sharp shoulders but draped gracefully on the body. Whether narrow or wide, the high-waisted trousers all contributed to a long, lean line. He prevented these looks from appearing too much like serious office wear by using a black-and-white print throughout. Sometimes it appeared just as trim on the lapel of one bright blue blazer or along the neckline of a white minidress; at other times, it covered an item entirely, as with another jacket and a pair of shorts, shown with a black top that had a coordinating collar.

The evening portion of his collection followed the same easy, fluid style. He elevated a slipdress by giving it a high slit and a slight train. Crystal chains added subtle embellishments to large cutouts in the back. Most of his gowns came in either stark black or white, which made one beige dress appear a little bland — until the back revealed delicate black lace that lined the shoulder straps and flared into an elegant train.