Wanna feel the love? Go to a Stephen Burrows show. The designer prefers a familial vibe over anything too slick, and the result is like stumbling upon a reunion of long-lost pals. The models, given total artistic license, are free to spin and pose as they wish; it sure beats the old glare 'n' turn.
The clothes are meant to feel familiar, too. Burrows, who found inspiration at the fabric market this season, uses prints to inject a jolt of energy into classic sportswear. He mixed contrasting red and black stripes all over his signature stretch jersey dresses and ran them down the front of a pair of very high-waisted stretch pants, the kind that fold over at the top. A roomy blanket cape in black and gray looked cozy and chic; it was a rare moment of volume in a collection full of sleek, long-sleeve dresses that zipped up to the neck like wetsuits. And for evening? The show's final vignette was plenty glam. Burrows took his turn down the catwalk with his arms draped around two models in slinky gold lamé cocktail frocks cinched at the waist with black grosgrain ribbons. Halfway through their turn, a fan jumped up and stopped the trio for a quick photo on a camera phone. Are you smiling yet?