style.com: Stephen Burrows Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear reviewStephen Burrows
NEW YORK, February 16, 2012
By Alison Baenen
“It’s all about a chevron,” Stephen Burrows said backstage before his show. Sometimes a chevron is just a chevron, but the designer imbued the motif with more significance. “We have ups and downs in our life,” he said. “We have peaks.” Burrows is definitely having a peak: The Museum of the City of New York announced today that they’re hosting a retrospective of his work early next year.
The chevrons showed up on knit dresses. Oversize and red, they called to mind Charlie Brown’s signature sweater, but they delivered a graphic punch that was much more grown-up. Skintight jeans in a python print—part of a collaboration with Raven Denim—were super-foxy; if the barely-there tops were a bit too sexy, Burrows had other offerings in his signature knit jersey with the same exuberance, but less exposure. High-spirited, sweetly campy, and very fun, these are the sorts of clothes for turning a down day into an up.