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New York Fashion Week, Spring 2008: Cynthia Rowley


A Fab favorite for years, Cynthia Rowley’s feminine and artsy aesthetic took a French turn for Spring. Presented in mid-town’s gorgeous circular Gotham Hall, hand-painted cruiser bikes sat on either sides of the runway - at the end of the show models, and Cynthia, rode off for the grand finale!

Called “Le Sportif,” these dames were sporty and sophisticated, but still happy-go-lucky Rowley girls. With an “ice cream” color palette (her words, more on my exclusive interview with her below!), Rowley went sporty and lux with long, flowing shapes and details like pockets, drawstrings and dropped hemlines. There was also color blocking – this is one designer who knows her colors – and obscure knotting and draping treatments. A few nautical numbers were fabulously whimsical and a funky looped ribbon fringe poked fun. The toppers were cat’s eye shades and statement necklaces.

Yours truly was lucky enough to steal Cynthia to pick her fashionable brain. She was glowing in a cobalt blue frock from her Resort collection and her adorable wee daughters were bopping around backstage.


To read my exclusive interview with Cynthia and to view the rest of the collection, read more


Let's talk inspiration...
It's called "Le Sportif" and is a reaction to all the short baby doll dresses we've been wearing and I wanted to go in a new direction. Everything is long and lean, tailored, lots of trousers and modern, sporty elements; sporty backs, ventilation holes, pockets. Color is more subtle - camel, navy, traditional athletic colors.

One favorite piece from the collection?
I can't choose! The high waisted pants, which are all rolled up and comfy. And one of the sweaters.

What kind of woman is the Cynthia Rowley woman?
Artistic, fun and sporty, not afraid to experiment and feminine and sexy!

A wardrobe staple every woman should have?
A really great handbag; because you carry it with you everywhere - a great investment piece.

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