Cynthia Rowley Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — Monster Chic

Giving new meaning to fast-fashion, Cynthia Rowley collaborated with the Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue’s famed installation space for contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed-media exhibits, by making some of her Fall 2010 Collection limited-edition pieces available later that same evening at the show’s after party. Once again the designer presented her collection within an intimate enclave nestled along Gotham Hall’s grand ballroom. Ms. Rowley segued from last spring’s painterly prints fashioned in a deconstructed mid-20th century silhouette to an edgier, psychedelic 70’s bohemian rhapsody, ushering out 34 looks that were “frighteningly fashionable.”

Inspired by forest nymphettes in a winter fairy tale, a backdrop of a wooded landscape framed the runway. Standout looks from the Cynthia Rowley Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the black ferocious belted dress of silk twine on organza with puffer gloves; the black, white, cobalt, and violet monster collage dress with contrasting sleeves and fringe clutch; the black, blue, grey, and white silk tassel pelt coat with grey puffer gloves; the black handcut lace dress; the Prussian blue short sleeve ruched dress; and the Byzantium flecked ruched dress.

From the opening look’s hooded down jacket to the neck puffers and puffer gloves, it was evident that Cynthia Rowley planned to keep her customers well insulated come next autumn. Ms. Rowley not only played up the volume of her proportions, she also enhanced the movement with fringe and tassel separates and accessories. Texture, color, and prints overlapped to intensify the collection’s monster chic aesthetic. Feathers, leather, suede, and lace added a layer of tactility to looks like the crisp cropped jacket, plaited sweater, and poppy suede sweat pant. The predominantly somber palette of black, grey, and violet, was punctuated by brighter bursts of icterine, poppy, and cobalt. Byzantium, pixel, feather, and monster collage prints electrified everything from storm coats to ruched dresses. The quirky designer seemed determine to scare away the winter doldrums by accentuating her oversized outerwear and sporty motocross separates with whimsical “spectrals” of color and feminine accents.

Images provided courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

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