09/10/2012 09:34 EDT | Updated 11/10/2012 05:12 EST

Prints and bright colours start the party for Tahari's spring collection

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Elie Tahari turned his New York Fashion Week preview into a cocktail party Monday evening, and the dress code was Palm Springs chic.

The female models wore cheerful shifts and sheath dresses in tropical prints and electric shades of pink, orange and green, loose tunics with white jeans, and tasteful sweater tops with second-skin pencil skirts. The men had on Bermudas, linen blazers and woven shirts, and they didn't shy away from a complemetary palette of lime green and lapis blue.

Tahari said he aimed to update some classic, good-time 1950s shapes.

The dominant vibe was the relaxed luxury that has turned up on several runways this round of seasonal previews, but there were the one or two looks that were cut a little slimmer, and had a more plunging neckline or shorter hem than all the rest. That's what makes a party, right?

"Spring 2013 is youthful and flirty, reminiscent of Slim Aaron's classic photographs of the beautiful people at play, reimagined for the modern woman," Tahari said in his notes.