Cynthia Rowley 2009 RTW Collection

Cynthia Rowley is approaching the recession with a glass-half-full mentality. For Fall, the designer(designer toej) put her focus on accessories including crystal-encrusted leg wear, slouchy leather boots, and carved onyx necklaces that can be worn to update a woman's existing wardrobe.

Believing that shoppers are also in the market for more artisanal wares, Rowley took a craftier approach with the clothing than she has in seasons past. A blouse done up in rows of ribbons, paired with a brocade miniskirt, had an heirloom feel, and a series of sweet silk dresses were patch worked with Liberty fabrics. While the detailing on some cropped pants felt overly folksy, Rowley's strategy should appeal to her customer come fall.



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