This isn't the first time we've seen Tweezerman products get a high-end makeover. In 2010, Betsey Johnson linked up with Tweezerman, and last year, it was Gwen Stefani's turn with her Harajuku Lovers collaboration. And even Rowley herself has added her magic design touch to some common beauty items, including the chicest Band-Aids you've probably ever seen, along with a colorful Amika flat iron. Grab Rowley's Tweezerman lineup in Sephora on July 19.
Deriving inspiration from craftsmen — mechanics, cobblers, and (much more obviously) leathermen, Cynthia Rowley's own Fall craftsmanship honed in on these artists with a succinctly modern and much sportier interpretation. Save for denim on denim suiting or brilliant colored leather, there's not too much literal interpretation, but rather a cool collection of womanly, curve-conscious design married with menswear-inspired structure. We're treated to bold all-over prints washed over body-skimming sheaths, skinny pants, and even gloves. And while a tougher, boxier leather jacket lined in shearling might pinpoint Rowley's craftsmen influences, what takes shape is still definitively for the girls.
- Trends: Colored leather, abstract prints, menswear.
- Colors: Blue, black, maroon, orange, olive green, gray, white.
- Key Piece: We love the printed pants, shearling-trimmed jacket, and deep navy leather pieces.
- Accessories: Aviator shades, ankle boots, strappy platforms and socks, jeweled necklaces at the collar, feather-adorned bags, graphic printed gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls with an appetite for truly modern, crafty sportswear.
>> Though she may have cited some hard-edged references — "mechanics, cobblers, and leathermen" — for Fall 2012, Cynthia Rowley still managed to churn out exactly the kind of collection she's known for: feminine, whimsical, and steeped in art. Here, the art and whimsy manifested itself mostly in kaleidoscopic, tortoise-shell prints; painterly shades of vermillion and orange; and jeweled turtleneck collars — courtesy of the girls at Dannijo. But don't go thinking that Rowley can't do tough: the designer also offered up straightforward silhouettes inspired by coveralls — and plenty of them came in leather.
>> Alexa Chung's new show, 24 Hour Catwalk, now has a premiere date and a preview video. The reality series — which follows four new designers each episode as they compete to create a three-piece collection and stage a runway show within 24 hours — kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Joining Chung — who hosts — are Cynthia Rowley, Derek Blasberg, and publicist James LaForce serving as the judging panel. [People]
- Why brush your teeth with that boring old brush your dentist gave you? Reach by Design has just come out with its latest line of patterned toothbrushes, which were designed by Shoshanna Gruss and Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis.
- From Harajuku Lovers to Betsey Johnson, Tweezerman is always pairing up with the best in quirky. But this time around, it's all about the bling. Available now are the brand's Swarovski Crystal Tweezers and Stand ($200) or the Crystal Slant Tweezers ($100), available in various hues.
- Tarina Tarantino is known for her cute jewelry and fun, colorful makeup, and now she's taken her vibrant design sense into the hairstyling tools realm. This Paul Mitchell by Tarina Tarantino Express Ion Smooth flat iron will make your morning styling routine all the more merry, and it's available exclusively at salons that sell Paul Mitchell products.
- Cover up nicks and cuts stylishly with Dress-Up Band-Aids by Cynthia Rowley ($5). The bandages are so fashionable, you'll find yourself wanting to wear them just because.
>> Last month, Alexa Chung officially got herself a new TV show on American airwaves. Lifetime ordered 10 episodes of 24 Hour Catwalk, a reality series that Chung will host, with Cynthia Rowley, Derek Blasberg, and publicist James LaForce serving as the judging panel.
In the latest issue of Teen Vogue, Chung talks about her involvement in the show, which follows four designers over the course of 24 hours as they compete in what is framed as a younger, hipper version of Project Runway. The four designers are narrowed down to two based on their vision, talent, and endurance, with a $10,000 grand prize for the ultimate winner. Each episode brings a new crop of competitors.
"With a lot of other fashion shows, it's not actually relevant," Chung says. "I only wanted to do this if it was going to be a genuine search for designers and if I would be working alongside people who are legitimate in the fashion industry." She adds of her last American television experience, hosting It's On With Alexa Chung, which was canceled less than a year into its run: "I got so burnt by the last [show]. [But] everything feels right this time. I really like the team. From day one, we've laughed nonstop."
Alexa Chung attended the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 fashion show sporting a printed cutout dress and amazing glitter Miu Miu booties. She kept her accessories to a minimum — quilted Chanel bag and black hair barrette — but added a burst of color with orange lipstick. Steal Alexa's kicks in a polarized version when you shop now.
There's a trend that's suiting up to be big for Spring 2012: full-on, flirty printed suits are looking like a thing, and we're not hating on it. It's a bold look for sure, and one that we've seen on the runways of Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, and Prabal Gurung — not to mention celebs like Zoe Saldana, who wore a sexy short suit on the red carpet recently. It's a fashion risk, but one that will likely pay off. So tell us, would you rock a printed suit?
With gold embellishments and garden-party-inspired prints, Cynthia Rowley's set the tone for a beautifully femme and still entirely modern Spring 2012. Models hit the mirrored, metallic runway in a contrast of botanical prints on slim-fit pants and waist-cinching jackets and blazers, while LBDs and knits got a dose of the same gold accents that Rowley echoed again and again on shoes, soccer-inspired patchwork bags, and even gilded shorts. Rowley delivered a collection that manages to be equal parts sophisticate and cool girl — statement pieces in all-over florals that get a chicer edge thanks to sharp tailoring and a perfect palette.
- Trends: Contrast stitching, head-to-toe print, botanicals and florals, laser-cut detailing.
- Colors: White, black, red, gold, florals.
- Key Piece: White botanical print blazer and slim-fit black floral print pants.
- Accessories: Gold and white heels, mirrored shades, quilted soccer handbags.
- Who Would Wear It: Polished, feminine girls who still like to take risks; Olivia Palermo and Leighton Meester.
Yesterday morning I had the chance to video chat with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, who recently partnered with Gretchen Schauffler, the founder of paint company Devine Color. Rowley has curated a palette of 10 paint colors inspired by the looks she showed in the Fall 2011 collection.Describing the palette, Rowley explained, "Whether it's on the runway or in my home, for me great design begins with great colors. Next season is all about vivid hues and rich shades and I have selected 10 fabulous hues from Devine that really speak to the power of color to brighten our moods and transform our lives."
Take a moment to listen to Cynthia and Gretchen discuss the eco features of the paint, how it can coordinate with her limited-edition online art gallery, Exhibition A, and how the paints relate to her Fall 2011 collection, when you watch our video interview!