Sunday, September 14, 2008


"There's been much talk about black models in the last few months, but little has been said about black designers. Stephen Burrows, probably America's most famous black designer—a three-time Coty Award winner, member of the Fashion Walk of Fame, and recipient of a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award. In recent years, some of Burrows' collections have been justly criticized for being a bit mired in the past—specifically the seventies, the designer's disco heyday. But this collection, titled "Afro Summer," was his best and most forward-looking in a long time. Asked about the title—and the invitation, which came with an Afro pick—the designer said that he wasn't making a political statement so much as an artistic one: He equated the "naturalness" of unstraightened black hair with the natural cottons and silks he used. Fluidity—what he calls a "feeling for softness"—is still at the core of the designer's work, but this time he sought it through "wovens." The focus was on a truly smart series of khaki pieces—including one dress with grommets and another in red with top-stitching and a crumb-catcher collar—that were quintessentially American, fresh, and wearable." -

Read more on Stephen Burrows Fashion Week review and see the rest of the collection here.

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