June 19, 2011 New York
Fashion is her game, but Cynthia Rowley is an art circuit regular, often with her gallery owner hubby, Bill Powers, at her side. So it's not much of a surprise that she looked to abstract artist-of-the-moment Josh Smith (you can find his work on the cover of the current issue of Artforum and at the Venice Biennale) for ideas. His life-size painting of a dinosaur currently on display at the Brant Foundation served as the backdrop for her Reed + Rader-produced video lookbook for Resort. In it, models Kat Hessen and Marina Jamieson resemble paper dolls shuffling around in looks that borrow bright hues directly from Smith's dino. A dramatic, cadmium yellow cutaway skirt was paired with a simple silk T-shirt and a "dinosaur tooth" pendant necklace. There were also great poppy-colored silk palazzo pants (no one, it seems, can resist this season's pajama trend). The fun accessories deserve a shout-out—plastic clutch purses gave the impression of giant pill capsules, while sandals came with detachable straps to wind further up the leg. Rowley earns good marks for her creative efforts here.
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