style.com: Sue Stemp Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
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NEW YORK, September 4, 2008
By Alison Baenen
Sue Stemp is currently enamored of photographer David Hamilton’s gauzy images of flower-bedecked seventies youth as well as captivated by the sly seduction of a John Singer Sargent portrait. The result? Call it Mademoiselle X. The designer’s modern-day provocateur is young at heart—note, the rooftop party-cum-presentation was hosted by Tamsin Lonsdale and Arden Wohl, two mischief-making girls on the New York scene—and, as we’ve come to expect, the clothes were made for cocktails. Among the best pieces were hand-embroidered shorts with tuxedo suiting in cream and black, and delicate silk tops adorned with oversize silk-screened blooms. Working in a neutral palette of “makeup colors” (translation: cream, ivory, and rose), Stemp offered romance and raciness. One dress, in fact—short and tiered—would be just as appropriate in the boudoir as on a banquette.