August 29 2014

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The 411: Cynthia Rowley


Designer Cynthia Rowley has been charming the fashion community with her signature brand of offbeat feminine clothing since 1988. After her first collection was purchased while she was still a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rowley moved to New York and officially entered the biz she is still a crucial part of today. Along the way she has amassed accolades aplenty (a CFDA Perry Ellis Award for new fashion talent in 1994, a Legend of Fashion award from her alma mater this year) and successfully extended her creative reach far beyond clothes. Her eponymous line now includes menswear, accessories, and fragrance, and she was a pioneer in the collaboration department—she launched her Swell line of home goods with Target way back in 2003 and is responsible for the first set of designer Band-Aid bandages, not to mention a pretty adorable Tweezerman motif. More recently, though, Rowley—an avowed art lover—co-founded Exhibition A, an innovative retail Web site that makes owning a work of art an attainable reality for the masses. In anticipation of her presentation on Thursday September 13, we asked the longtime New Yorker to share some of her health and beauty musts in the city that never sleeps, even though her routine is decidedly low-maintenance. According to the designer, “I barely ever have time for anything except a pedi!”

The Convenient Colorist: Personal Best
“Me! I don’t have time for the salon so I love a good at-home color treatment like Clairol’s Perfect 10.”
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The Water Workout: Swimming
“I swim every morning before work. I’m very lucky to have a pool at my house in the city. Weekends are a sport extravaganza with surfing, waterskiing, tennis, and bike riding among my regular activities.”

The BYOP: Deborah Lippmann
“I just pop into local spots but I always, always bring my own polish. Right now I’m loving Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Game.”
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The Daily Must-Have: Fish Oil
“Nature Made Fish Oil every day. It’s good for the mind and body.”
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The Signature Scent: L’Orientaliste Marrakech
“This Moroccan scent called L’Orientaliste Marrakech parfum. It gives me a good excuse to go back to Morocco every year.
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The Skincare Staples: Clarisonic
“Sand plus sunscreen, saltwater and city air combined. I use the Clarisonic Mia to cleanse my face every day.”
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The Makeup Must-Haves: Tweezerman and Stila
“I keep my brows clean with my Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman tweezers, then just use a bit of eyeliner, Stila mascara, and a natural lip color like Stila’s Longwear lipcolor in In the Nude.”
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The Go-to Pro: Cheryl Karcher at Sadick Dermatology
“Cheryl Karcher has been my dermatologist for a while. She is the best!”
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Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

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