Cynthia Rowley Fall 2013: Curiosity Killed the Fashion Cat

"It's this idea of curiosity and mystery--you know, curiosity is what inspires fashion," Cynthia Rowley whisper-shouted to me above the boisterous c
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"It's this idea of curiosity and mystery--you know, curiosity is what inspires fashion," Cynthia Rowley whisper-shouted to me above the boisterous c
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"It's this idea of curiosity and mystery--you know, curiosity is what inspires fashion," Cynthia Rowley whisper-shouted to me above the boisterous crowd that had piled into her new Upper East Side store, which last night doubled as a show space for her Fall 2013 presentation. Indeed, there was much to be curious about: From the enchanted forest decor to the trays of champagne and glittering cotton candy ice cream cones, to the fully-functioning candy salon on the second floor, housing Rowley's latest project called--what else?--CuRious.

Rowley said this collection was inspired by "dark, beautiful, romanticism--though not in the traditional sense." The mood was decidedly goth--pale faced models wore deep purple lipstick and ruddy eyeshadow to complement an ongoing theme of oil slick-esque mother of pearl fabrics. Saturated mohair sweaters kept things cozy, while subtly pleated midi skirts and slouchy cigarette pants conjured up images of a quirky old-souled girl who's possibly experiencing Vitamin D deficiency.

Mostly, I couldn't take my eyes (and iPhone) off the tights: Sheer hose embellished with shiny cabochons, creating a mesmerizing, almost reptilian Avatar effect.

Photos: William Eadon