Perhaps Marc Jacobs is to blame, but ever since the American fashion maestro's 1970s-inspired spring collection debuted, it seems much of the industry's been taking cues from the disco decade. Such was the case at tonight's Cynthia Rowley show, though the looks seen here were more Seventies scholar than Studio 54. Think Marcia Brady meets Electric Lady. Cast in an era-appropriate color palette of mustard, rust, emerald green, and midnight blue, the collection was full of sparkling intarsia knits and crisp A-line skirts featuring daringly high slits. In keeping with the chosen theme, there were plenty of Op Art prints, namely a colorful cubist pattern and another in checkerboard chevron. If some of the silhouettes were a little too caftan-like for our tastes--a billowy, sacklike jersey jumpsuit might not translate so well from catwalk to sidewalk--there were plenty of nicely textural fabrics that did strike our fancy. A "disintegrated velvet" that mimicked a burnout effect looked both cool and cozy, and the paillettes "staining" the necklines and waists of crepe gowns, added a festive touch. We also liked the georgette numbers cinched in with paper-bag waists--a figure-friendly way to rein in the volume of those longer hemlines. Rowley's accessories were adorable, especially the colorful plastic cat-eyed sunglasses and playful enamel rings shaped like enormous insects. And as for the 'dos on display--models sported messy chignons accented with angular Lucite headpieces--we're sure they'll have many a beauty blogger buzzing.
**All photos: IMAXTREE