A major label like Cynthia Rowley showing on a Friday night is like meeting at an ultra-swanky apartment before you head out to go paint the city red. The stage was abuzz, people were excited and a little who’s who was going on in the front row. I spied Julia Stiles and Lauren Bush having a conversation, and one of my fav Editors-in-Chief, Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar. The first looks came down the runway with determination to my new favorite song, Adele’s “Rumor Has It”. Even the models’ walk channeled the overall theme of the collection. While they stepped seriously to the pounding drum, ladylike glasses adorned fresh faces. There was a balance of feminine flow against sharp, geometric prints that appeared throughout, and everything seemed to have a hint of sparkle. Lurex was a fabric that shimmed all over in some places and just on trims in others. Oh, and I love how I have gone on this whole time and didn’t stop to speak of the lovely ladies in lingerie passing back and forth as models came down for their walk. It was an added touch of excitement.
The real excitement lies in the footwear though! Their were some metallic t-straps certainly fit for a party that I have got to get my hands on (and I am sure Julie does, too!). Retro heels commanded attention and completed looks, giving them that extra edge that only a heel can do. I will leave you with these sharp pairs of stilettos that embody everything right in the world – and Fall 2011 for that matter.
“The inspiration for the beauty look at Cynthia Rowley was a sexy, trendy girl going out for the night. We created a dramatic smoky eye. Eyeliner was our secret weapon! This sultry beauty look was the perfect complement to the dark, decadent pieces in Cynthia’s Fall 2011 collection.” — Charlotte Willer, Maybelline New York Global Make-up Artist
Editor’s Note: Cynthia Rowley is such a pro at mixing bright colors with neutrals as well as pattern with solids. We heart everything shes does, and this collection is no different. The heels? Well, those are beyond words.