26 posts tagged "Cynthia Rowley"
Having already dabbled in sequined dresses, blazers, and shorts, I’ve been on the hunt for new ways to incorporate a dash of sparkle into my everyday look. By the time Miuccia Prada debuted her version on the Miu Miu runway, bejeweled tights were something of a Fall ’09 micro-trend. I love the idea of embellishment on an area usually left plain, and this Cynthia Rowley pair would look great with black leather shorts and a cashmere sweater. Or if I’m feeling extra-bold, I could wear them, à la Miu Miu, with a matching beaded skirt. On second thought, maybe some looks are better left on the catwalk.
$250, available at www.cynthiarowley.com.
Nicole Richie is designing a contemporary clothing line. File under Shocker. [WWD]
Lady Gaga’s upcoming Kanye-free tour will be “the most beautiful, expensive-looking, delicious show.” Would you doubt this woman? [Rolling Stone]
Surfing-inspired gear was a big story on the Spring runways, but Cynthia Rowley, a longtime surfer, was presumably ahead of the trend. Cynthia Rowley for Roxy, her new line of wet suits, board shorts, and dresses (for the all-important post-surf outfit), will be available in March at Barneys and Colette. Le surf, c’est chic. [WWD]
Buying fake goods with real money has long been an online shopper’s guilty pleasure, but Second Life has seen an increase in recession-era spending; in fact, “acquisitive lust rages unabated.” We’d rather save up for the real stuff, but go ahead, blame credit card debt on your avatar. [NYT]
Gilt Groupe’s new site exclusively for men launches today. Online shopping knows no gender bias, so load up on your favorite menswear. [WWD]
Attention, beefcakes: Calvin Klein is looking for a man who “embodies the attributes of a Calvin Klein Underwear model.” In other words, must be well read, cosmopolitan, multilingual, and good with kids. Did we forget anything? [WWD]
The ladies at The Cut test-walked Rodarte’s hip-high Nicholas Kirkwoods, Nina Ricci’s claw bootie, and Manolo Blahnik’s stilettos for Brian Reyes, among others. The verdict? Mostly ouch. [The Cut]
What: Limited-edition T-shirts by Marika Thunder Nuss, $40
Why: At Wednesday night’s opening party for Partners & Spade—Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti’s stream-of-consciousness store that doubles as their design firm headquarters—we browsed for something thrifty amid the random, tightly curated collections of other people’s stuff. Assorted mini staplers, Lehman Brothers paraphernalia, and used artists’ palettes were all for sale. While some of the prices were gallery caliber ($350 for the palettes), we did find something that was cash-and-carry: budding 10-year-old artist Marika Thunder Nuss’ playful T-shirts. When she’s not living the life of a brooding downtown visionary with a current show at Half Gallery (no, seriously), Nuss goes back to her full-time job as Rita Ackermann’s daughter. Based on the party crush—we spotted Cynthia Rowley, Waris, and Chiara Clemente among the browsers—you might want to make your way to Partners & Spade ASAP. Each T-shirt style is a limited edition.
Where: Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., NYC, (646) 861-2827.
I once saw a bumper sticker that rang so true it almost made me slam on the brakes. It read, “I want to be Barbie, the bitch has everything.” She’s got a handsome suitor, a flock of gorgeous friends, a pink Corvette, an endless designer wardrobe. Most admirably, she’s mastered a slew of careers from ballerina to astronaut, but perhaps Barbie’s most notable role has been miniature muse and mannequin. Her calling as a fashion plate is now beautifully illustrated in a new oversize, limited-edition (read: somewhat more expensive than a dream car) tome from Assouline, simply entitled Barbie. The book is filled with luscious images of the 11.5-inch phenomenon dressed by everyone from Marvel Comics to MAC Cosmetics, Miuccia to McQueen, and Coco to Karl, all of which make a girl of any age drool, along with insightful text by Yona McDonough and quotes from various fashion luminaries. But what I find most interesting about Barbie is the legions of amateur designers she inspires. Something about the curvy toy lights a creative fire in girls of all ages. I first learned to thread a needle in order to sew a nifty little sheath dress for my own tiny blonde BFF. My own sewing skills never really advanced beyond that single awkward stitch, but other young ladies took their inspiration a bit further. “As soon as I started sewing, I was doing fittings on my Barbie,” says Cynthia Rowley, who has, of course, expanded beyond the realm of doll-size duds. “I learned garment construction from her.” Fellow NYC fashion maven Anna Sui, who also grew up wardrobing Miss B., describes creating an Anna Sui Barbie as “the ultimate little girl’s fantasy.” The ever-stylish little lady is celebrating her 50th year in 2009, and I gladly raise my sewing needle to the next half-century of inspired girls.
Barbie, $500, available at www.assouline.com.