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.
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