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Cynthia Rowley glistens, slashes and "disintegrates"

Fall 2011 fashion from designer Cynthia Rowley is

Fall 2011 fashion from designer Cynthia Rowley is modeled during Fashion Week Friday February 11, 2011 in New York. Credit: AP

Cynthia Rowley is always inventive--it can't just be a runway with models walking up and back. Ohhh, noooo.  She has to set the mood, often times creating what are more like plays, of sorts. 

In this case, it was a scene from the life of a typical American woman getting dressed to go out.  Models criss-crossed paths, one in retro bra and panties, the next in a Rowley concoction (think paper dolls come to life).  Lots of wearable stuff here, like long, bold, geometric-print "faux wrap" skirts, slashed high;  glisteny belted cardigans in mustard; a shaved cotton velvetteen suit in "maize."  As for those pieces in "disintegrated velvet," they'll amuse edgy types, but some women may fear the velvet looks, well, just old. 

Some celebs sat front row, including pal Alan Cumming, who seemed amused by the shoes:  During the finale, he held his cell phone low to capture all the shoes (aged velvet calf boots with funky heels, prism pumps in Kool-Aid shades) as models marched by.

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