DESIGNER: Stephen Burrows
INSPIRATION: The hazy hues of the New York City sky and the bright lights of Times Square
TOP LOOKS: Slinky matte jersey pieces printed with acid-bright swirls, particularly the slim, floor-length shirtdress; frothy little white silk frock, cut low in the front, with a tie front; bright-coral high-cut bodysuit with tie neck, paired with a clean white cotton sateen pencil skirt with coral-trimmed front slit pockets.
ACCESSORIES: Candy-color Louboutin platforms
WHO WAS THERE: Pat Cleveland (the '70s supermodel's daughter, Anna, was modeling)
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Phoebe Philo may be referencing iconic '70s styles these days, but Stephen Burrows, the pioneer of disco-era jersey dressing, showed his own authentic version for spring. In a charmingly intimate presentation at his small Garment District showroom, Burrows stayed true to his roots with a collection featuring Studio 54 jerseys -- think Bianca Jagger or Iman, oozing feline sex appeal -- mixed with clean-lined wovens, all perfect for easy summer dressing.
Burrows' inspiration was NYC: the hazy colors of the sky and the bright lights of Times Square. As the speakers blared Big Apple-themed songs -- The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" and a slow, sultry cover of "New York, New York" -- a cast of six models rotated in and out from behind the curtain. The designer started with the jerseys, printed with an acid-hue kaleidoscope swirl that evoked a late-night whorl of taxicab taillights and LCD billboards. Most notable here was a trim, floor-grazing shirtdress, softly belted at the waist.
He moved on to clean-lined wovens in cotton sateen and silk. A simple white skirt with coral-trimmed slash pockets, slung low over a matching tie-neck bodysuit was another standout example of '70s-tinged dressing. And a flirty little white silk dress, knotted at the front, was perfect for the modern disco diva's night out. All very pretty, easy, and wearable. That, along with the fact that Burrows' tried-and-true '70s aesthetic is perfectly in sync with fashion's current obsession, should mean an extra jolt of retail action for the designer come spring.
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