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New York…Cynthia Rowley

With a conscious decision to use the recession to her advantage, Rowley utilized innovation to push her F/W 09 collection forward. “This is a time when you have to be more inventive and resourceful,” she said before her show. “Potent creativity springs from instability.” Easily integrating into existing wardrobes, accessories were a major focus of the presentation. Crystal-embellished hosiery were a part of every look that came down the runway while supple leather slouchy boots looked new along with metallic heels. Optimism carried over in to a stand-out carved onyx “wishbone” necklace. A one-of-a-kind feel came across with a patchwork of Liberty prints on skirts and belts. By and large, silk was Rowley’s fabric of choice for dresses and skirts.

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