What I Wore | Cynthia Rowley
A Week With Cynthia Rowley
By CHLOE MALLE
Published: December 23, 2010
CYNTHIA ROWLEY, 45, the clothing designer and a West Village resident, has an ever-expanding lifestyle brand, including a line of Band-Aids. She recently introduced Exhibition A, a members-only online marketplace for contemporary art.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15
My 6-year-old daughter Gigi had a pageant at school, so my wardrobe was mellow: a navy silk taffeta shirtwaist dress with bib smocking in front with a weathered rich brown leather belt and Three Musketeers-style over-the-knee brown boots, my go-to footwear.
In the evening, it was a holiday party at Tom Sachs’s studio, themed “The Ghost of James Brown and Tequila” (heavy on the tequila). I threw on some black textured tights, a pair of purple and black Nicholas Kirkwood heels, a knit black petal cape that I designed, and a beat-up black leather vintage jacket. Topped off the outfit with a black goat-hair capelet, an homage to James Brown’s wig.
THURSDAY, DEC. 16
A broadcast interview at my house starting at 7 a.m. I wanted to wear something comfy: a favorite Petit Bateau “navy” stripe beige and black cotton shirt tucked into my black ostrich feather Tutu skirt. And a pair of basic black suede pumps with a cupid’s dip over the arch. Immediately following the shoot, I had a full-day powwow with my design team at the office. I changed into a midnight blue silk jumpsuit, smoky blue patent-leather ankle boots with black grosgrain ribbon ties and a chunky necklace. Grabbed my cashmere Prada walking coat and a carpet needlepoint bag.
The day ended with a bang (or a flip?) as I took my whole company to Trapeze School New York in Chelsea for our holiday party. I was determined to land the “catch,” where the instructor grabs you by your arms as you’re swinging upside-down and pulls you through the air toward him. I wore my Rowley/Roxy Lineup Leggings and a black silk/cotton blend V-neck T-shirt. Not sure if it was the clothes or my sheer will, but I landed that catch.
FRIDAY. DEC. 17
Our show stylist, David Vandewal, is coming to meet with my team regarding the fall runway presentation, which will take place in February at Lincoln Center. My “working wardrobe” was a gray silk satin blouse with ruching and gathering along the arm and a pair of high-waisted denim wide-leg trousers. I lightened the outfit a bit with a silver filigree metal cuff for a meeting with the co-founders of Exhibition A. When I finally left the studio, I put on a burgundy vintage jacket I wear often, which has this crazy hot pink lining.
SATURDAY, DEC. 18
Flew in to my hometown of Chicago last night, and it is cold, cold, cold. Layered up pretty heavily for a walk in the snow with my black Uniqlo jeans, lavender Converse sneakers, ratty denim shirt, a worn cable knit gray Rag & Bone sweater and a winter favorite, my navy fur-felt coat with black goat-hair collar. Later on, I peeled off all those layers for a game of laser tag with my nieces and nephews. Unfortunately my denim shirt turned a bright white under the black light of the game room; I was a sitting duck.
SUNDAY, DEC. 19
Visited my Damen Avenue boutique for a late-afternoon event. The Uniqlo jeans went back on, this time with an heirloom belt and decorative buckle, a black silk blouse from the Resort collection, my printed Puffer Neck scarf, and this huge black shearling coat. When it came time to head to the airport to fly home to New York, I realized that the coat was too enormous to fit into the overhead compartment. Put on a vintage down parka instead and had a revelation on the plane: I should design a pouch that the whole parka fits into to become a convenient neck pillow for the flight.
MONDAY, DEC. 20
Looking forward to hosting some friends for cocktails at my apartment, I went into the powder room attached to my office to change into a black lace and leather-trimmed shift dress, and realized that the space looks like something from that show “Hoarders.” Adios-ed the room quickly thereafter, but not before I grabbed floral printed pumps with matching ankle straps.
TUESDAY, DEC. 21
A meeting with the incredible performance artist who will be directing our next show. I wore a black wool crepe pencil skirt, a vintage 1940s bone silk blouse with vertical applied panels and vintage Lanvin pumps of cream leather with a leather tassel.
For evening, changed into a full-length pieced skirt with these great metallic and reflective panels, and a red enamel and gold necklace. It was the perfect naughty-and-nice outfit for an evening of cocktails and holiday gifts with my friend Alan Cumming.