Friday, February 12, 2010

Cynthia Steffe: retro-London meets Brooklyn

The British designer, Shaun Kearney, the creative director of the American brand, Cynthia Steffe, married retro-London and modern-Brooklyn street style at New York Fashion Week this morning.
For his autumn/winter collection for Cynthia Steffe, Kearney took inspiration from the way the kids dress now on the streets of Brooklyn and the looks that once characterised the King’s Road in London.
It’s a bit of a flashback really,” said Kearney, who studied at both Central Saint Martins and Northumbria University, and worked previously with Donna Karan, MaxMara and Kenneth Cole. “It’s kind of military meets romance.”
The look was uniform, in style, with military overtones, and a hint of romance in puffed sleeves, sequins, and corsetry details.
Thigh-scraping leather kilts came with cropped flying jackets, or chunky, roll-collared knits. Tan sheepskin jackets had matching miniskirts.
Black leather and grey flannel pinafores were worn over skinny, striped knits; and fox-trimmed, khaki anoraks and duffel-coats, with skimpy, tweed, A-line dresses, with buttoned bodices.
White shirts with little kilted skirts, accessorised with grey knee-socks and lace-up boots, had a hint of St Trinians.
The Cynthia Steffe collections are stocked in London at Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

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