New York Fashion Week Fall 09. Cynthia Steffe Rocked Me Like a Hurricane

February 17, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Fall '09


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Summary: When Cynthia Steffe's program read, "Tough and sweet. Rock and roll chic," I feared the worst. "Tough and sweet" often means biker jackets tossed over prairie print dresses, or lace tops paired with distressed denim. And while there a few instances of clichéd pairings, designer Shaun Kearney relied more heavily on cut leather in prim silhouettes or sensual fabrics in high-tech or glam-rock inspired shapes. The resulting clothing is feminine without being girly, edgy without being in your face.  Neither particularly revealing nor tight, the clothes had the sex appeal that comes from confidence, the kind of things worn by a bold, happy (and stylish) person with nothing to prove.

Color Palette: champagne, gold, red, claret, aubergine, hunter green, brown, slate, charcoal, black

Textures & Details:
leather, satin, crushed velvet, gloss raffia, faux fur, silk jacquard, gold hardware, ruffles

Key Looks: hunter hammered charmeuse dress with leather yoke; plum satin tech military dress; black superfine mohair sweater jacket and aubergine leather motorcylce pant; ivory feathered faux fur coat and mahogany leather side-snap pant; gold boucle sculpted coat; engineered peacock print silk charmeuse gown

– Becky Ellis

Photos: NYMag

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