"Spectator at its most modern" is how Ralph Lauren defined Spring 2001. Lauren's collection built upon the polished, well-heeled aesthetic that dominated the New York runways last season, but his new interpretation is graphic and geometric.

Black-and-white and brown-and-white served as the leitmotif for mod shift leather dresses, blazers with generous trimmed lapels and pockets and sexy two-tone jeans. The season's essential crepe de chine skirt—pleated, to the knee, and paired with a casual cashmere and silk tank—was a laid-back alternative to a sinful white crocodile minisuit. Chevron skirts, pinstriped jackets and a glen-plaid pantsuit were all worn with the same strings of pearls that were a Fall favorite.

The evening looks were also ladylike and controlled—Lauren gave lace camisoles and georgette pants lift with a touch of beading, and closed his presentation with three impressive floor-length striped gowns.