Cynthia Rowley



New York: Mod looked new again at the Cynthia Rowley S/S 11 show. Garment silhouettes were surprisingly streamlined, allowing for simple, yet bold details to become the focal points of many of the most effective looks. The designer looked to contrast collars and color blocking as a way to add basic twists, while cutouts and sheer panels flirted with the idea of showing skin without actually displaying too much of it. Peek-a-boo details were a major theme throughout, as was the “invisible sweater,” which consisted of a sheer top graced with expertly placed striping emerged as a fresh take on a familiar key item. Fully buttoned shirt collars and straight shift dresses felt demure, while an icy pastel color palette punctuated with juicy reds and yellows was unapologetically girly yet impactful. Cabochon buttons were sewn on in patterns to mirror the placement of circular perforations, creating in an eye-catching array of geometric designs and sartorial optical illusions. Impossibly neat coifs and an emphasis on the bottom set of lashes resulted in a beauty look that fell somewhere between Twiggy and Margot Tenenbaum. Overall, the show delivered a fresh balance of unfussy minimalism Rowley’s signature quirky coquettish charm.

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