>> Though she may have cited some hard-edged references — "mechanics, cobblers, and leathermen" — for Fall 2012, Cynthia Rowley still managed to churn out exactly the kind of collection she's known for: feminine, whimsical, and steeped in art. Here, the art and whimsy manifested itself mostly in kaleidoscopic, tortoise-shell prints; painterly shades of vermillion and orange; and jeweled turtleneck collars — courtesy of the girls at Dannijo. But don't go thinking that Rowley can't do tough: the designer also offered up straightforward silhouettes inspired by coveralls — and plenty of them came in leather.
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