People love Spring, but I just patiently wait out the warm weather until Fall clothes come back. Otherwise, I just wear inappropriately unseasonal fabrics to make me happy. The Cynthia Rowley collection for Fall 2011 is the perfect example to demonstrate why... The wooden runway was a backdrop for lots of silk velvet (one of my favorite fabrics). The silhouettes were maxi-length dresses and skirts. Flowing as opposed to tight and skin-bearing. The colors were dark and painterly indigo, blue, grey. There were some lighter yellows and beiges at the beginning of the show. A silver lame outfit made the cut in an ode to 1970's disco. Delicate beading embellished necklines and slippers. Leather pants and silk charmeuse round out my preferred fashion materials.
Ms. Rowley has been immersed in fine art, her Exhibition A project promoting up-and-coming artists. The seamed garments in tonal colors were reminiscent of Rothko. Color-blocking by way of Mondrian? The easy attitude of the models, whether strolling down the catwalk or passing through in their intimates between looks conveyed Bohemian muse.
Spotted in the front row: Julia Stiles, Waris Ahluwalia, Nigel Barker, Alan Cumming