Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear
September 10, 2009 New York
Third time's the charm for Shaun Kearney at Cynthia Steffe. After a sophomore effort that was too dark for the brand's core customer, the creative director hit his stride with a Spring collection that brilliantly married the Steffe girl's propensity for sweetly feminine looks with the modern mix-it-up sensibility favored by cool chicks like Alexa Chung. "It's no longer about the head-to-toe look," Kearney reasoned. "Today's woman wants to take a little from here, a little from there, and make it her own." And there was plenty to grab: a washed cotton-linen boyfriend blazer, an airy suede utility vest, and a sexy mini bedecked in swishy pearl beads. Ruffles played a key role (this is Cynthia Steffe, after all), and though elaborate folds on blouses and skirts were frankly a bit clownish, flirty frocks with cascading lapels felt just right.