Monday, March 2, 2009
CYNTHIA ROWLEY: FALL 2009
NEW YORK’S OWN RINGS THE OPENING BELL on the NYSE... AND FOLLOWS IT WITH AN “UP” DAY COLLECTION
JANE STREET HOTEL, WEST VILLAGE, NYC
Words, Images Judith Ecochard
OMG …the hoisiery.
There we said it…
It was one of those RTW shows where we wanted to run wild backstage (in this case, more like a walk-in closet) and rip the legwear off the models- like the Bridezillas at Filene’s Basement’s Wedding Gown Sale.
Cynthia Rowley’s new license agreement with United Legwear is a knockout – head turning beaded and printed tights that almost stole the show. Spectacular.
The collection itself, a sophisticated feminine showing of 30 looks played as well on the runway as it did on screens in the back of Big Apple Yellow taxicabs.
With a nod to the Weimar Republic (the red lips by Gucci Westman for Revlon…and we think we actually saw Hedwig And The Angry Itch at this locale), many separates sensuously shimmered from soft metallic patchwork prints (collage skirt Look #2) and a bold orange red silk top and spiral skirt –a tailored Marlene Dietrich worthy strong shoulder with a black softly petal/draped bottom part of the ensemble. Wear this and one will be noticed.
Our top picks go to the dresses where we always noticed the waist. In some looks, the feminine shape was emphasized with large midsections cinched by orgami swatches of fabrics…or in another instance, in a dropped waist black frock.
We also admired the glorious prints…our favorite… a Tobacco Road” dress.
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