Big names buzz around this British designer. Kate Moss is a fan, and the artist Ben Copperwheat and the graphic designer Deanne Cheuk have
collaborated on prints. At her third New York outing came more evidence of Stemp's ability to draw bold-name supporters: The front row was chockablock with young social types (Arden Wohl, Lauren Davis, Olivia Palermo), models (Jacquetta Wheeler, Agyness Deyn), and the odd music-scene figure (Mick Rock).
Stemp produced the sort of feminine, English bohemian clothes she does well, this time with an eye to the jet-set, disco-era seventies. There were flowing caftans, bra dresses, and disco jogging pants cut from silks and chiffons in bright colors and trippy prints (including one called Voodoo Ray). A snug vest worn with nothing underneath and a pair of pleated, wide-leg pants could have come from Bianca Jagger's wardrobe. A simple trench was cleverly detailed with paillettes cut from the lenses of mirrored sunglasses. This was a strong showing, with plenty to love for the Notting Hill eccentric and her American hipster counterpart.