Cynthia Rowley Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 10, 2012

You can never, ever, ever accuse Cynthia Rowley of taking fashion too seriously. Nor can you accuse of her being a trend chaser. It’s not that she makes clothes for herself, but she clearly makes clothes for women like her, urban, educated, expressive, upscale women – who all kind of dress like, well, Cynthia Rowley does. The notes answered the question of what inspired this collection: “Mechanics, cobblers, & leathermen. Welding, oil slicks. Women artists making big, strong work … Tough stuff vs. jewels.” We like when she goes for these left-field, out-of-the box inspirations and she treats the subjects with a certain amount of whimsy. True to the traditionally masculine themes she was playing with, bejeweled mechanics overalls and leather bib overalls and smocks punctuated the collection, but there were bright prints and soft, loose drop-waist dresses to make sure the collection remained overwhelmingly feminine. And as always with Cynthia Rowley, some truly great coats.

Oh, and you can’t see it in the pictures, but there was a crazycool video installation playing on the wall to the models’ left; from floor to ceiling, stretching the length of the venue, with giant overlapping security camera images projecting live video of the show from every conceivable angle, so the entire room could see the looks front, back and side, over and over again as they walked the runway.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Anonymous

    Now THIS is truly schmauf-worthy.  I’m sorry Sin-tea-uh Wowee, but you’re out.

    • Anonymous

      Unflattering shapes, ugly colors, shoddy construction, slovenly styling. Where does she find financial backers?

    • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

      Well, this explains a lot of her opinions on PR and 24 Hr. Catwalk!  *shudders*

  • Anonymous

    hmmm, i am just not sure

  • Anonymous

    Mostly, no thanks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

    Great clothes, but I hate the styling of the models. They all look like they rolled out of bed. But it is a cohesive look and it works: it makes you look at the pretty garments.

  • Anonymous

    Seems rather shapeless to me. I didn’t see anything I would call truly flattering in any of these looks.

  • Anonymous

    Never liked her stuff. Still don’t.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

    i do like the blue..furry? feathery? purse, and the backwards shoe. i don’t know how practical it is, but i like it.

    • MilaXX

       I like that shoe as well. I want to hate it, but it’s kinda cute in an odd way.

  • Anonymous

    That grey thing in the top row is just sad. And that freaky thing in the middle of the second row defies description. She should consult with Mondo. Maybe he could help her design something that will keep her from being sent home.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      That blouse in the first row, left and right sides, sure does look like the dotted one Mondo showed her paired with the black and white shorts. You know, the one she didn’t like. She pulled a Michael Kors by copying a PR design they professed not to like.

  • evelina lundmark

    Oh I don’t know about this… I want those shoes in the last row though. I really do…

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    I don’t like anything in this collection.  Except, maybe, the purses.

    • Anonymous

      You mean you don’t want the blue leather dentist cover up???

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Martin/286107241 John Martin

        hahaha!

      • MilaXX

         See I would rock that top with a pair of jean or a black pencil skirt in a heart beat.

        • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

          I’d like it better in suede than in leather. It would be softer and a bit more flowy. But I have a very tactile, unhealthy relationship with suede, if it’s soft and makes me go ahhhhhhhhhhhh I have to buy it. I stay away to protect my pocketbook.

          I kind of like the one in orange layered over the top and skirt. And I want the shoes.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing I’m not the only one looking at this with an emotional bias from her PR appearance.  I can’t stand any of it.

  • Anonymous

    Love those shoes

  • Judy_J

    I’m not blown away by any of it.  Guess I’m terminally unhip.

  • Anonymous

    I kind of like the white look, 4 down.  Other than that…

    All I can think of in the 2 down, center, is bib overall jumpers.  Please don’t let those come back.

    • Anonymous

      and is it a leather bib overall jumper???..*shudder*

    • MilaXX

       yeah the overall jumper was a clunker for me. No one over 5 looks good in overalls. NO ONE

  • Anonymous

    Odd that she didn’t like Mondo’s top . She has a very similar silhouette in her collection in orange and blue leather in the first row of the collection.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly! I had a sneaking suspicion when she went after Mondo so pointedly that it might be her way of dealing with potential competition. Despicable and pathetic.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t see your post first, and just wrote the very same thing myself.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Wow, you are so right!

  • Anonymous

    Well I can tell you first hand, she doesn’t design the purses or the shoes. The accessories are all jobbed out to licensees. And I see nothing original in the Faux-McQueen prints. The Hefty Bag clothes are questionable, mainly because he clothes are notorious for shoddy production and if something like that isn’t immaculately made, it just looks craftsy. As for the rest, if it’s possible to combine weird and pedestrian she has achieved something. 

  • mrspeel2

    Love that red and brown(?) purse and also like the orange outfit in the first pic, but I’ll pass on everything else I’m afraid.

  • Anonymous

    Love the description of the inspiration, but not really feeling the clothes themselves.  

  • Anonymous

    Love the description of the inspiration, but not really feeling the clothes themselves.  

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

    Me likee!

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

    Me likee!

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

      I see I’m all alone on that one!

      • Anonymous

        I’m afraid I can’t join you on that limb you’re sitting on all by yourself, but I’m laughing because that’s usually my perch. Be loud, be proud! It’s only an opinion, after all (and I have SO many).  ;)

    • MilaXX

       nah, I’m sitting next to you.

  • Anonymous

    Hideous!

  • Call me Bee

    Wow.  Nothing flattering or fitted or…attractive.  The thing about the overalls and leather aprons that mechanics, cobblers and leatherman wear is that they are work wear.  Not meant to be fashionable.  They are meant to wear while working and then taken off when going into public.  This is not good and I don’t know anyone who’d want to look bigger and shapeless.  I can see a girl weaaring….maybe a few of the…no….well I guess that white dress.  But that’s it.  

  • Anonymous

    There are a couple pieces I like (the purses, some skirts, that dress in the thumbnail). That’s about it.

  • Anonymous

    Well, the first orange outfit is kind of cool and I like the white dress on the right side a few rows down, but that’s about it. this collection is kind of all over the place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

    Eeep…I really hate this collection. 

  • Anonymous

    Wait, where are the coats?

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    Sloppy-looking, baggy, unflattering clothes. Nope.

  • Anonymous

    I’m trying to be more positive so I will say I like the red bag.  That is all I can say.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Not a fan.  And overalls are the work of the devil.

  • W A

    I like everything except the all-white outfit, which is somewhat boring and definitely out-of-place. Otherwise, I see a creative person creating creative clothing. Consonant clusters!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    My lord that blue bag.

    GIVE IT.

  • Anonymous

    I am so not her customer… LOL

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Very interesting. I tend to like Cynthia Rowley’s stuff but it is usually a stretch for me. This collection is no exception. Lots of interesting pieces and looks that make me want to be brave.  I love the leather tops – in every color.

  • Anonymous

    Huh.  I could almost see myself in some of that gear, although I don’t do dresses/skirts – and I hate all the pants/coveralls in this collection.  (You’re never going to sell dress coveralls to a gal who actually wore them for work.)  But it’s going somewhere interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe you had to see it in person.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm. I have to admit that I very much dislike every single piece. Many are unflattering and just plain ugly. Am not liking the color story either.

  • Joyce VG

    meh

  • Anonymous

    That blue purse is beautiful and the green version one of the models is holding is too (if they are faux).
    Those shoes are cool if one could actually wear them.

  • Kyle Crawford

    meh… at best.  ( and now we know why she was so harsh to Mondo….)

  • MilaXX

    I like quite a bit of this. Of course I would have to pair the individual prices with more traditional clothing, but I really like this. I love the smocks  and that khaki colored dress with the drop waist and of course I covet the bags.

  • Susan Crawford

    I like the leather crop-tops, the furry (please let it be faux) blue bag and that’s about it. This whole one-piece jumpsuit love Rowley seems to have on the front burner? Sorry, but not for me. I guess it’s a sign of senility in me, but I always wonder about having a garment on that requires a full undress to take a quick whizz. And I am at an age where, frankly, on the whizz front, speed is often of the essence. I can’t be wrasslin’ with coveralls in the stalls, y’all.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll pass.  If I want bland, poorly made clothing, I can always go to KMart or Walmart.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    Frickin’ ugly!  Except maybe for the last row, middle dress.

  • Anonymous

    I love this collection, especially her colour palette. 

  • Anonymous

    Second row, middle looks like something a poor college kid would wear to their metal smithing class.

  • Anonymous

    didnt the oh so recently disgraced john galliano put out a very similarly motivated workers collection not too long before his recent disgrace? & wasnt his, of course, better?

    after reading yr assessment of this show i thought i might have to renegotiate my take on cynthia rowley. but i dont. the one you have pictured in the thumbnail is good, so good, in fact, it’s hard to believe it’s hers. & the blue bag is fine & the shoes arent bad. but she probably is more responsible for choosing, rather than designing, the shoes & maybe even the handbags. the rest of it, eh feh, it’s done & done better & it isnt much any of the times. the pink & orange w/ the flames cut out of the bottom is a little weird.

  • Anonymous

    I’m cross-referencing here: 

    Wasn’t it Cynthia Scowley giving the stinkeye to the shape of Mondo’s polka-dot top this week on PRAS? 
    Yet, there are a few boxy tops like it right here in her collection.
    I am in her demographic (urban, educated, expressive, upscale) and I do not like these clothes overall.

    Plus, she’s a hypocrite.

  • Anonymous

    There’s some interesting pieces here and there, the collecion is cohesive, but it’s missing the mark somehow. 

    Maybe it’s the unfortunate hair the models are sporting.

  • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

    It’s not my aesthetic, but I like what she’s trying to do with those leather tops.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-Henry/12461714 Kyle Henry

    Hey, trash-bag suspenders!  

  • Anonymous

    This overall look is very much not my style, but there are a few pieces I love. That green jumper thing in the middle of the fourth(?) row is calling my name.

  • Anonymous

    The jumpsuits are hid.e.ous. A mechanic’s jumpsuit is never a good look. I’m not really getting whimsy, either, with the dour faces. Not my cuppa I guess.

  • Anonymous

    Who buys this crap?  Are they high?

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I’d buy a couple pieces if I had the money. But I am indeed high. On legal drugs, but, you know, high is high.

  • Beth G

    I like the slightly baggy fit to everything…..

    There.  Gramma always said if you can’t say anything nice….

  • Gail Kwak

    I’m not a fan of this collection, but I do like that little brown/red purse.

    • Anonymous

      That also might be the only thing I like, it’s quite striking.

  • Anonymous

    I guess you had to be there…as a collection it feels as all over the place as FT’s and SST’s did on 24HCW.

  • Anonymous

    This is a mess, no wonder she did terrible judging PR. Nothing about this collection is flattering, fashion, or fun. 

  • Anonymous

    The inspiration is Occupy Wall Street.

  • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

    Wow, these are all ugly in every way, from the colors, through the fit, to the unflattering hemlines. I haven’t seen Rowley on PR and don’t have anything against her personally (if anything, I liked her cute designs for Vogue Patterns), but now I kind of think she’s completely tasteless.