September 09, 2013 New York
The collection, too, was a celebration of sorts, trumpeting the designer's sporty-meets-artsy roots. A single lipstick-red tulip appliqué was placed on the hip of a white silk-cotton ball gown with a halter neckline, and wetsuits were printed with digital floral motifs. A vignette of skirts and tops in black, white, and blush pink were embroidered with Swedish-looking designs, adding to the arts-and-crafts feel of the clothes.
There may have been too many looks—a navy silk-cotton bateau-neck cocktail dress was more appropriate for fall, and a pale pink frock with a massive bow at the neckline was just out of place. But overall, it was one of the stronger collections Rowley has presented in the past few years. She should show her roots more.