The serene impression of the runway gives way to the chaos of backstage, as models thunder off to change and rush on, back on this runway or the next. Last night at Ports 1961, this was perhaps the ideal setting to view the garments in true action, as they will be in situ, embedded in the active lives of the wide age range of Fiona Cibani's customer base.
And so sorting the wheat from the chaff of the lineup could be done at a glance.
As a whole, the lineup was a tension of martial - the double-button coat dress was undoubtedly the standout piece - and understated sensuality - Joan Smalls rocked a greige high-necked dress that was one of a handful of retro-futurist high necked pieces. The crisp whiteness and air of vague formality had something of old-fashioned tennis outfits to them. Elsewhere, a shiny sash detail slashing a dress and sheer outfits looked artificially trendy.
Here's to betting Cibani's active women will be going for the tuxedo bib shirts rather than more fastidious looks.