Modern Living: Soul on Seventh Avenue

New York City's garment district had never seen anything like Willi Smith's fall fashion show. Put together for a Seventh Avenue firm called Digits, Smith's fall line-up eschewed traditional blues, browns and grays in favor of the baby pinks, brilliant yellows and other bright pastels usually reserved for spring. To top off the show, Smith's 19-year-old sister Doris diddy-bopped out in a 1972 bridal outfit: a strapless white Lurex gown worn with a white fake-fur jacket and a gauzy veil with a feather stuck in the side.

In the following weeks the accolades came...