Bank on Stephen Burrows for fall '09
RENEE MINUS | 4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Fashion & Beauty Editor You can always count on legendary designer Stephen Burrows to be right on the money with his collections.
For fall '09, his clothes were perfect for these tough, economic times.
His top hats, capes, bright colors, bold prints, belted blazers and an oversized coat paired with a mini received applause. His jewelry by Robert Lee Morris and shoes by Christian Loubonton enhanced the collection. Burrows is the first African-American designer to achieve international acclaim. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, he was nominated for a Coty Award in the '70s and the CDFA honored him with a Board of Directors Tribute Award.
Working with matte jersey and color combinations, he originated the "lettuce edge" detail that became his signature. Burrows' window display literally stopped traffic. In his early career days, the super-talented designer was soon besieged with orders. With a friend, Roz Rubenstein, he launched a collection for Bonwit Teller in 1969. Later that year, Joel Schumacher, Henri Bendel's visual director (now a film director), introduced Burrows to Bendel's legendary fashion director Geraldine Stutz and he was hired on the spot. He still shows his signature touches in his collection. His celebrity clientele includes Diana Ross, Cher, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Hall, Laura Hutton and Barbara Streisand.
When designing, music, dance and the female form influence Burrows. His innovative collections are revolutionary in style. They are always soft, comfortable and chic.