style.com: Cynthia Steffe Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear review

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Cynthia Steffe
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NEW YORK, February 17, 2009
By Alison Baenen
Shaun Kearney was looking for a harder edge. How else to explain the surfeit of leather with an inexpensive luster that overwhelmed this collection? Poor fabric choices, plus an abundance of ruching on dresses and skirts, resulted in a less than sophisticated offering. Kearney would have done well to do more with better, more basic fabrics. An oversize mohair sweater looked downright comfy, and a silk-chiffon blouse with a peacock print would pair nicely with a suit. But the few embellished items that did succeed (a knee-length dark gold paillette skirt comes to mind) were mostly lost.

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