With a cast of characters that included a juggler, an accordion player, a mime and an acrobat, Cynthia Rowley injected high-energy fun into New York fashion week at Manhattan's New Victory Theater.

Rowley played with cotton-candy party dresses, trompe-l'oeil detailing, outrageous plume wraps, two-toned jester skirts and mismatched stockings to create a veritable vaudeville atmosphere. Not everyone will go for the Pierrot-inspired themes, but Rowley also showed more down-to-earth pieces that included corduroy trousers and coats, merino tees, cable-knit sweaters and moleskin jeans. There were also several great pinstripe pants, jackets with sequined lions embroidered at the shoulder and a couple of sleek takes on classic tuxedos that will work well with the younger set.