Cynthia Rowley's Fall 2012 collection was as playful as ever while setting a casual tone for the cool months to come. Alternately, the looks were far more androgynous than her stable of A-line skirts in Madhatter flower prints.
Opening looks included copper leather paneled jumpers and skirts which were paired nicely with the military green silk separates. Then, just as we hoped, out came the always-unique prints. Black and white that can only be described as resembling a Rorschach test on an X-ray image appeared on blouses as well as (and most pleasingly!) on gloves.
It wouldn't be a Cynthia Rowley show without an interesting display of sparkle, and this collection did not disappoint. Silk blouses and jumpsuits in everything from cream to navy were adorned with vibrant gem clusters resembling well-lit fireflies. If blogger Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) coined the term "arm party," then Cynthia Rowley certainly owns the rights to the "neck party." The looks were accessorized with tens of glittering gem tone neck bangles that contrasted nicely with the exceedingly spare makeup.
And as is typical of her shows, the celebu-fans came out in droves mostly wearing pieces from previous season's collections. If there's one thing to be expected from Cynthia Rowley collections, it's that reinvention is constant, doable, and nearly always successful.