style.com: Cynthia Rowley Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear reviewCynthia Rowley
NEW YORK, February 9, 2012
By Alison Baenen
Car trouble? Cynthia Rowley can help. Coveting the ease of a coverall, the designer looked to mechanics and their workwear for Fall. “I liked that you could put one piece on and have barely anything else and look tough and sexy,” she said backstage before her show. That said, Rowley couldn’t resist a little bit of layering—or a smattering of embellishments.
Sleek turtlenecks were slipped under almost everything; they provided a clean finishing touch and a sweet contrast to the kaleidoscope tortoiseshell prints that were splashed across shirtdresses. A few of the turtlenecks boasted bejeweled necks, courtesy of the Dannijo girls, and a cozy, oversize black sweatshirt was dotted with clusters of baubles. A denim dress in a dark, subtle plaid looked smart under a matching engineer’s coat lined in shearling. Sure, it was two pieces, but it married a garage worker’s pragmatism with a fashionista’s spirit.