Designer Spotlight x Stephen Burrows

* presented at 209 West 38th Street- New York, New York: February 17th, 2011.
* written by Avon Dorsey.

Out of ALL the fashion shows lined-up for New York Fashion Week, none were more looked forward to, than this one... Monsieur Stephen Burrows.

Not only was this the FIRST time that STYLE 101 was covering Mr. Burrows' event, it was also an HONOR to cover Mr. Burrows' event... After all, he is a LEGEND!!! Burrows was one of the original five, American designers selected to showcase his designs alongside notable, French couturiers at the Grand Divertissement à Versailles, in 1973. He's also one of the first African-Americans to have an exclusive design shop on 5th Avenue, at Henri Bendel

(Stephen Burrows, a 1970's design)

(Stephen Burrows x MET Museum's tribute to Versailles, 2011)

Burrows is an icon, and his name resonates with authenticity and top-notch, fashion delivery (both in the sewing room and on the selling floor). His presence has been felt in the international fashion industry for more than 30 years, and his designs have always progressed to reflect the times, while consistently staying true to his aesthetic of 'loose,' 'unconfined,' and 'unrestrained sexiness.'

(Stephen Burrows, F/W 2011 collection)

For his Fall 2011 showcase, Burrows treated the audience to a lavish display of jersey knits and slinky wools, which sauntered down the runway in reds, blues and ambers...

(Stephen Burrows, F/W 2011 collection)

In addition to the star quality of Burrows' craftsmanship, he's also won numerous awards for his work, including a CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Special Tribute Award, a COTY award, and he has a star of the Fashion Walk of Fame in New York City, New York!!!

(Stephen Burrows, Fashion Walk of Fame, NYC)

Moreover, this season's show was packed to the hilt with fashion stars like Bethann Hardison, Constance White, André Leon Talley, Tyson Beckford, Katie Rost, June Ambrose, et al. And the collection was styled by Memsor Kamarake (former Vibe magazine fashion editor).

  (Michaela Angela Davis)

(Emil Wilbekin)

  (Constance C.R. White)

 (June Ambrose)

(Top Model Katie Rost, interviewing Anna Cleveland-
daughter of Super Model Pat Cleveland)
(me, with Rajni Lucienne Jacques)
(me, with Mrs. Bethann Hardison)
All-in-all, I'd say... two thumbs up... WAY UP!!!
xoxo, Avon!!!


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