PHOTOS: Lorena Sarbu’s First NYFW Show Was Inspired By Madonna

The lights were dim and the atmosphere posh. Decadent cocktails were passed in elegant champagne flutes and there was a quiet buzz in the air.

No, this wasn’t the scene of a swanky uptown lounge. It was the backdrop for Lorena Sarbu’s presentation yesterday at Lincoln Center. Showing for the first time at New York Fashion Week, the Romania-born Sarbu dazzled us with her collection of evening and cocktail wear that we wouldn’t be surprised to see much more of come next awards season.

As we shuffled through the large crowd, camera in-hand, we couldn’t help but overhear emphatic reactions from others in attendance. Words like “beautiful” and “stunning” were used to describe the designer’s looks -– and we quite agreed. Elegant silhouettes were complimented by lovely beading, crystal work and hand appliqué. While the pieces weren’t exactly anything new –- floor-length gowns are a staple of the red-carpet-heavy fashion industry -– we never tire of seeing exquisitely designed pieces.

We spotted Sarbu across the overcrowded room -– surrounded by friends and supporters, naturally – and couldn’t help but ask her take on the collection and what she’ll be doing after fashion week.

“The collection is very 80s, glitz and glamour, very Madonna. I used a lot of geometry and it’s all about the beading and appliqués. I would wear every one of these pieces. [After the presentation], I’m going to relax, play with my son, and go the movies.”

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