Lawrence Steele clearly feels right at home in a
season dominated by chromatic extremes; his no-frills
collection was done almost exclusively in black and
white. But that's not to say that it was all about
bare-bones minimalisminstead, Steele played up a
naive, if somewhat perverse, girl-wants-to-be-a-grown-up look.
How else to explain black, above-the-knee pleated
leather skirts with a white-trimmed sailor top, Girl
Scout foulards over liquid minisheaths and
Empire-waist playground dresses with gathered short
sleeves? Delicate ribbons trimmed fitted pullovers,
Bermuda shorts loosened up severe blazers and pearl
buttons adorned classic pea coats.
Steele's only concession to color came in the form of a couple of
gently ruffled, sheer off-the-shoulder tops worn with
black-velvet skirts, black stockings and patent
double-bow Mary Janes. Add a plush black fur and
you're ready to goafter all, even the nicest girls
need a bit of mischief sometimes.