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Cynthia Rowley

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BEAUTIFUL MONSTER

New York: “Monster” is not a look that many women go for when getting dressed in the morning, but Cynthia Rowley’s F/W 10 show made it clear that she intends to change preconceived notions about demons and ogres. Huge furry eyelashes, head-to-toe fringe, and fluffy feathers that trimmed hems and hoods were all components of Rowley’s “monster-girl” vision for fall. The sometimes-scary environments in which one might encounter a monster (like outer space or under the sea), were also incorporated into the designs. Tubular quilting, puffer gloves, and shiny knits with futuristic stripes and symbols would suit an astronaut; other details looked more aquatic, such as a dreamy dress with a painterly print, and the many fringe-covered garments that conjured sea anemones or seaweed. The monster concept seemed to go even further into darkness than her surprisingly moody vision for S/S 10, but Rowley lightened the tone with a few of the pretty, trend-right touches she is known for, like lace hosiery, slouchy printed silk pants, and intense cobalt blue accents. The collection could be described as beautifully dream-like or nightmarishly eerie — it’s up to the beholder to decide.

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