Cynthia Rowley’s SS11 collection had some gaping holes, literally. Skirts, pants, and dresses came with perforated holes revealing the skin underneath. The perforations produced a strange and intriguing effect, particularly on a gray long ruffled skirt, where the strong circles contrasted with the garment’s inherent ease.
Continuing with the under/over concept were sheer tops with opaque stripes and dresses covered hem to hem with cabochons. In the color palette of macaroons, the looks were delectable. Giant, sleek barrettes held the models’ pastel hair in place and enamel bar necklaces added a pop to the models’ necklines.
The best looks were the ones that were not trying hard to be innovative. A mint blouse and trouser was a standout, as was a mango colored blouse with cabochon detailed shorts. Later a black shell with black cabochon adorned pants hit every right note.
Perhaps most desirable were the “invisible” sweaters which looked just as good revealing skin as button-downs. They will be a nice touch for layering addicts come spring.