Cynthia Rowley has been doing the modish-sportif thing for years. But this season she decided to break out her running pants and rash guards into a full-blown fitness category. At her Tuesday presentation the designer separated the activewear looks from the ready-to-wear, rather than mixing them together as she has in the past. “It’s about making fitness pretty instead of making pretty sporty,” she said of the line, which includes a fetching metallic bike helmet, black leggings with “Cynthia Rowley” scrolled up the side in gold, and a pair of scalloped running shorts.
That’s not to say Rowley’s main line had lost all its athletic prowess; red and white racing stripes flanked a pair of black floor-skimming trousers, for example. But this season was very much about print. Blown-up ’60s florals were splayed on trapeze dresses, while a swingy top was done in jumbo lace. A digital “wrinkled fabric” print—which showed up on dresses, tops, and a cashmere sweater—served as a slightly subversive take on trompe l’oeil. (It offered texture without forgoing polish, Rowley said.)
A big silhouette this season was cropped kick flares, which would work as well with a pair of athletic slides as they did with Rowley’s high-heel mules. Indeed, it was obvious that, although they may now be separate, the two lines go very much hand in hand.