Love was in the air at Wynn Smith's Spring collection. Thematically the showwhich consisted of five vignetteswas about an Amish girl who saw pictures of Prince William at a polo match and fell in love with him. The show began with four all-black ensembles and closed with a wedding dress (also black, with a quilted appliqué) and two "bridesmaids."
The "Polo Match" and "Eton" vignettes featured man-tailored separates made of Prince of Wales plaid, which was meant to evoke an English feel. A shirt-jacket and shorts ensemble, as well as white shorts cut like jodhpurs, were particularly effective.
This season Smith paid homage to Rei Kawakubo (much as he did to Stephen Sprouse last Fall). To this end, there were many interesting back treatments, cutouts and asymmetries. Thematic organizations aside, there were strong pieces to be found in this collection, which followed its own plot line rather than the season's trends.