February 20, 2000
Lawrence Steele aptly calls his collection "sophisticated, eccentric, ostentatious, daring, smart, sexy and languid." The American designer relied on his well-known brand of glamour for this collection, and it shows. Printed tweed suits looked smashing when paired with fox mufflers and scarves; so did the flirty tulle dresses with embroidered overlay that opened the show. But Steele's forte is cocktail dressing, and he knows it. His ultrasleek, shimmering, liquid black-and-gold gowns and beaded sheer numbers are designed for women who want to make a statement and aren't afraid to stand out from the crowd.