Tuesday, June 22, 2010



Words. Images Judith Ecochard/LYRAMAG

We caught an outdoor viewing of Cynthia Rowley’s very wearable Resort Collection outside the Time/Life Building, just off Sixth Avenue…last week.

The designer...blends with the models

With waiters graciously offering beverages…and the models all lined up and looking lovely---

---the presentation was a nice way to see the clothes in true daylight without the blaring music played at a lot of runway shows.

And given the windy conditions, it wasn’t quite the ocean breeze we bet some of these clothes ‘experience’ 

---but it gave us a chance to see how the fabrics gently moved against the body.

Particularly helpful---was follow up in the showroom, two days later…as we got to admire the details we saw in the stylish ensembles.

The collection as a whole is “season-less” we were told…to wear in at least 3 seasons …with different accessories, footwear, perhaps.

Also worth noting…is that when these clothes hit retailers…in November, half the planet is enjoying Spring, let alone permanently warm locales. In fact, we got the 411 that Rowley’s boutique will carry the collection for six months…

In general, our thoughts were that the clothes would appeal to a wide assortment of women… chic office warriors, socialites cruising on yachts in some far-flung locale, urban hipsters…

The unexpected…like sequins that shine through fabric,

Rubber blocks on the fabric---for “a smudge effect” on a dress with sheer layered skirt.

Cut out hems…color blocks

Gave the clothes a strong linear, deconstructed feel---with all pieces well finished...

Highlight…the woven shoes (out of leather and denim)

We also love the digital pink coral print…in this adorable cocktail frock that can work the daytime under a blazer…

And in this vintage-like, pin-up ensemble.

These shorts---made from three pieces of fabric looked stylish ---paired with an oversized peasant blouse.

 Signature---the sequins tees…in one form or another, bestsellers.