02/16/2012 07:04 EST | Updated 04/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Bill Blass collection true to founder's style of sportswear made glamorous

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The late Bill Blass made his fashion house famous with chic sportswear worn by a very glamorous crowd. Jeffrey Monteiro, who designs the collection now, brought together sport and glamour in the looks he debuted Thursday evening as New York Fashion Week drew to a close.

On the runway, tuxedo pants had a drawstring waist and a black-metallic gown had gold racing stripes down its long sleeves.

Monteiro did an uptown version of the military trend, but his strong-shouldered coats had jewelled buttons. The clothes had a nice balance of youthful spirit with classic silhouettes, and were perfect for the setting of the Union League Club off Park Avenue, where the preview was held.

The Blass customer likes her fur and she got a few bits and pieces, including a fox collar paired with a simple sheer black jumpsuit and black evening pants, but compared to other catwalks that have been covered in mink and even raccoon, Monteiro had a light touch. He favoured contrasting shiny satin to matte wool with pops of metallics, which made the collection still seem fresh after scores of runway shows.

The fashion crowd next moves on to previews for fall and winter held in London, Milan and Paris.