June 11, 2008
In typically whimsical fashion, Cynthia Rowley greeted guests attending the Resort presentation at her West Village home with a surprise: a gold-lacquer baby grand repurposed as a beer cooler. Out back, things were just as offbeat. Models lounged in Japanese-inspired satin robes and harem pants, tie-dyed dresses, and trompe l'oeil tops with bows. Matching visors doubled as bib necklaces, and crocheted sandals were modeled after nautical rope bracelets. Rowley was quick to play saleswoman for the latter. "When they stretch out, you just wet them and they shrink back again," she explained.