Cynthia Rowley Fall 2011: An Easy Silhouette That Shines

Cynthia Rowley was the last one we expected the ‘70s bug to bite, but it seems even she is not immune. Once upon a time, we would have bet on an array of short party dresses and tight prints, but this season, the silhouette and scale of her collection continued in the loose, flowy direction she'd embraced for spring. The designer sent out flowing jumpsuits and long-sleeved maxi-dresses -- all still appropriate for dancing, just more disco diva than ballerina.

Maybe Rowley’s recent art world endeavors inspired her palette, or perhaps she’s been picking up her young daughters’ crayons. Colors like maize, kelly green, indigo, and burnt sienna seemed hand-picked from Crayola – or even the glitter box. Several sweaters had lurex sparkle in color-blocked edging and belts, looped loosely at the waist. Their shapes felt a little bit eastern, as did a black and green damask print that appeared in a dress’ bodice and a ball-gown skirt.

Overall, the collection celebrated this easy glamour with just the right amount of shine, whether from a velvet inset, paillette applique, or chunky metallic heel.

But we can’t help it, when we think of Cynthia Rowley we think of party dresses, which brings us to our very favorite look: a liquid silver shirtdress with long sleeves and a drop-waist. Paired with old-fashioned embroidered velvet slippers, it looked just perfect for dancing.

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