Cynthia Rowley has always been a good answer for young women in search of affordable party frocks without too much of an edge. With their distinctly American roots, Rowley's designs are reassuringly familiar, but with enough of a twist to keep them fresh.

This season Rowley jumped on the ethereal peasant bandwagon, spinning metallic lace and sweet embroidered cotton into looks fit for a Woodstock reveler. While some of the midriff-baring blouses and tight patent belts looked awkward, the bulk of this collection is ideal for Springtime patio cocktail parties from Silverlake to Sag Harbor.

The knockout number? A metallic purple lace cocktail dress with a U-shaped neckline, which is bold and rich looking without being flashy.