October 10, 2000
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Designer of the Year 2000 Stella McCartney certainly did not disappoint her legions of fabulous young fans who rely on Chloé for the season's hot new trends. But this season, in addition to delivering sexy new T-shirts and plunging
bathing suits (with playful pineapple motifs), McCartney explored grown-up territory. Perhaps drawing inspiration from Schiaparelli's
inventive chic, McCartney worked graphic horse prints (borrowed from Stubbs and Géricault) into loosely structured diagonal-seam dresses and beautiful jackets with a softly draped triangle shoulder. Skirts
were long and relaxed, perfect when paired with lightweight, flouncy off-the shoulder tops. Wide-brim hats and dainty pillboxes with a tulle overlay gave the look a touch of '30s sophistication. More casual
pieces included sexy jeans with zipper pockets and
metallic horses galloping along the backside, and a
T-shirt with strategically placed banana appliqués in
the front and the words "Keep your bananas off my
melons" in the back.
This was a very strong collection for McCartney, and
one that confirms her considerable talent and
potential as a major designer.