The Designer: Cynthia Rowley
The Look: Forgoing the usual presentation or showroom appointment, Cynthia Rowley opted to unveil her Resort collection by way of an online look book collaboration with Brooklyn artists Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader that was originally screened on StyleCaster and can now be seen on the designer's own website. Fashioned after an old-school flip book, the cheeky-chic Reed + Rader video features Rowley-clad models mugging in front of a dinosaur painting by artist John Smith. The collection itself has a raw/refined vibe inspired by Smith's work and features bright colors—tangerine, turquoise—and fabrics, such as floral embroidery topped by loopy plastic ribbon, inspired by the larger-than-life backdrop. "My Resort collection is all about coloring outside the lines," said Rowley. She made good on this promise vis-à-vis yellow print palazzo pants paired with a matching blouse, boldly-hued day dresses, "prehistoric" pendant necklaces, oversized two-tone "pill" clutches and cantilevered skirts bedecked with decorative stitching, all of which move the traditional idea of resort beyond the expected capri/caftan getaway basics and into more adventurous, fashion-forward territory.