September 21, 2000 New York
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.