January 31, 2008
You don't need to read her blog to know that Sue Stemp loves a night out. Although dressing friends like Theodora Richards, Leigh Lezark, Daisy Lowe, and Sarah Sophie Flicker for a party-cum-presentation at private club Norwood was hardly the most efficient way to show a collection, it was undeniably logical for Stemp's perennially fête-inspired wares. Taking cues from the Art Nouveau decor of Maxim's, as well as some of its more decadently stylish past denizens, the designer showed flirty, jewel-toned cocktail frocks in ruched chiffon and draped satin, and maxidresses with attached scarves and Ben Copperwheat prints. It could have been the models' sweating-all-night-on-the-dance-floor hair, but Stemp seemed to hit the mark for a wardrobe that stays chic from sunset to sunrise and, in the case of her good-time girls, perhaps even longer.