For Fall, Cynthia Rowley
paired geometric patterns with feminine fabrics for a mix of tough and soft. Cubist-looking faux wrap skirts slit up the front came in a variety of color combinations, and a prism print, long-sleeved silk shift had a 3-D effect. The designer hit on of-the-moment trends with a few dress-over-pants looks, which we're still on the fence about, and slinky, mid-calf dresses cut in sumptuous velvet—the best of which seemed to be delicately disintegrating at the neck and hem. Other key themes here included: loose, billowing silhouettes on romperlike "walking dresses" and sheer gowns, and the frequent use of Lurex on cardigans with black light graphics and slim trousers. Rowley may have gotten a little carried away with the shimmer there, but her sensible customers are sure to appreciate a simple but sophisticated purple crepe wrap dress that shows off just the right amount of leg.