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By Jake Flanagin, November 2nd, 2010
MOVE!, a series of performance-based installations created by well-known artists paired with celebrated fashion designers, opened at MoMa PS1 last weekend. Highlighting the event were Cynthia Rowley and Olaf Breuning, who dressed models in plain denim garments to function as canvas. The models were artfully doused with bright splashes of paint as part of the performance, and subsequently photographed as part of the exhibition.
By Eva Medoff, September 2nd, 2010
Cynthia Rowley has been so busy with all her side projects and collaborations that its easy to forget the brilliant ready-to-wear collection she sent down the runway for fall. One feature we’re loving in particular is the use of feathers, which crop up on jewel-toned minis, sassy flapper dresses and funky accessories. While the use of color and texture does give off a certain modern vibe (à la Proenza Schouler), we can’t shake the 20s influence. This may be partially due to our near hysteria over HBO’s upcoming Board Walk Empire (Atlantic City in the jazz age? amazing), but mostly we’re just feeling the “looking backward in order to look forward” aesthetic, to reference Oscar de la Renta’s recent pearl of wisdom dispensed on (where else?) The Rachel Zoe Project.
By Marquita Harris, August 25th, 2010
Whoever said cool Band-Aids were limited to the 10-years-old and younger crowd was sorely mistaken. Doyenne of all things feminine, Cynthia Rowley, has teamed up with Johnson and Johnson to create ever-so-cool Band-Aids. These teeny fixer-uppers come adorned with prints—think jewels, chains and images of Rowley’s collection. You can pick them up at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Cynthia Rowley shops and site. Best of all? One dollar from each sale at Cynthia Rowley will be donated to mentoring program Design Ignites Change. Adhesive-covered gauze never looked so chic.
By Eva Medoff, August 17th, 2010
Okay, so obviously children’s clothing is not usually on our radar. But when said children’s clothing includes paisley-printed dresses, gypsy skirts and elbow-patched blazers by Cynthia Rowley, who put out a killer, fringe-filled women’s collection for fall, we have to acquiesce. Known as Hooray by Cynthia Rowley, the autumn collection for infants and toddlers includes velvet on jumpers and boys’ jackets, while corduroy and sweater dresses also crop up. Overall, we’re impressed by kids clothes that look like smaller, more twee versions of adult clothes—and these certainly fit the bill.
By Tiffany Yannetta, July 28th, 2010
While most resort collections conjure up thoughts of yachts and private islands, with wardrobes suited for slinking around elusive white sand beaches off the coast of who knows where, the Cynthia Rowely 2011 Resort collection stays a little closer to home (read on to see a healthy selection of looks). Instead, it’s easier to imagine the playful prints and silhouettes somewhere a little cooler, and rather than being just another collection designed for a December-January escape, we imagine these pieces seamlessly transitioning into your winter wardrobe, even if you don’t have an elaborate vacation planned—just don’t forget a pair of tights under those sheer skirts.
By Eva Medoff, July 9th, 2010
If you’ve escaped this week’s oppressive heat for the seaside breezes of the Hamptons, then we’ve got some weekend happenings for you. On Saturday, stop by Intermix to meet Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Tori Praver and get a chance to shop her new swim collection. Later, stop The Memory Motel for a performance by Preacher and the Knife.
By Eva Medoff, July 2nd, 2010
By Noelia de la Cruz, June 25th, 2010
Though she’s known for her liberating, free-flowing designs, Cynthia Rowley took it up a notch for fall with a collection of pure fantasy. Rowley’s inspiration seems to be a mixture of 20s flapper, ski/sports gear and lots (and we mean lots) of color. Altogether, the look is not unlike an über fashionable Na’vi from Avatar—if Zoe Saldana’s character danced the Charleston, that is. Deep purples and cobalt blues, as well as colors extracted from a vivid Spring palette (pinks, reds, yellows), are darkened down for Fall with black and grey hues.
Cynthia Rowley is setting up shop in the Hamptons this summer—but you might not be able to tell. The womenswear designer’s store will be marked by a neon blue sign stating, simply, Shop. At 696 Montauk Highway, the boutique is right near the Memory Motel (where it will be hosting a concert series) and will provide Cynthia Rowley’s complete line, as well as, luckily, the mod surf wear line for Roxy. And the brand is certainly sticking with a theme: all items come in a bag screened with a retro print evoking Mad Men-style advertising as well as the laid back beach vibe of Montauk. The inconspicuous shop’s exterior intends to blend in with this aesthetic as well—though we have a feeling the clothes might make you stand out.
By Eva Medoff, April 26th, 2010
To satisfy all the lingerie fans out there, we chose two designers who are taking on opposite aesthetics: one sporty and body conscious, the other classic 40s pin up. It’s up to you whether you want to look like Rita Hayworth or an Olympian, but either way, Cynthia Rowley’s upcoming line and new British brand Gilda & Pearl will be sure to strike your fancy.
By Eva Medoff, March 29th, 2010
Fashion and surfing are generally considered worlds unto themselves. So with the collaboration between Roxy and Cynthia Rowley, the American designer known primarily for her feminine frocks, we now get to see how these two realms collide.
By Eva Medoff, March 17th, 2010
For many, fashion is wearable art. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that Cynthia Rowley’s latest collection was featured in an exhibit at New York’s Gagosian Gallery. And no, this wasn’t merely Rowley’s ego talking. “It’s not art…it’s a concept,” the designer was quick to explain. And she’d be right: the installation (which ended last week) was in fact a commentary on the immediacy of fashion and the push for designers to ready their lines for retail at faster and faster rates. (And perhaps on the staunch competition from “disposable” clothing stores like H&M and Zara who churn out copies in a New York minute.) The designs, or, in fact, photographic reproductions of them, premiered at the Gagosian a mere three hours after gliding down the runway. But instead of gazing at the images on Style.com, Cynthia Rowley fans had the chance to buy the photos straight on the garment—and still do, through the Gagosian Shop.