Summary: Shaun Kearney's Spring '10 collection for Cynthia Steffe proved a complete 180 stylistically from the darkly monochromatic tone of last season. To characterize the transformation, the label announced, "Last season's rock n' roll girl has fallen in love." And it must be some relationship judging by the difference in the collection's aesthetic, which personally I prefer since it seemed the line took too wide of a turn away from its signature look in the fall. I welcomed back the familiar feminism in the line, made apparent through the softness of hue and texture. The clothing looked not only wearable, but comfortable as piece after piece fluttered by in layers of washed cotton, chiffon, crepe de chine, and jersey. The juxtaposition of dainty vs. tough was implied through a rockerish, cropped washed silk jacket, skinny side-zipped pants, and the standout finale skirts made of chain and pearl (the last picture does not do the skirt justice as the spectacle of its swishy movement was fab). And while I understand that maybe Kearney wanted to lean back toward the feminine realm without completely abandoning a sense of tough masculinity (see: boyfriend blazers and tailored denim trousers), I think he might as well just stick to what he does best since its the frothiness of the sea foam ruffles, the artful lilac print, and the metallic sparkle that will surely be remembered most.
Color Palette: periwinkle, seafoam, mint green, pastel floral, blurred floral, silver, indigo, lilac, light blue, white, gunsmoke, desert, coral, citrus, dove grey, metallic, sand, misty grey, soft rose
Fabrics and Textures: silk cotton, silk chiffon, washed silk, suede, crepe de chine, silk cotton voile, denim, lace, organza, yarn-dyed washed cotton, sequins, linen blend poplin, washed cotton linen, chiffon, cotton poplin, knit, jersey, chain, pearl strands, jacquard, cascade, ruffles, pleats, stripes, matte, pinstripes, liquid-coated, blend pleat hem, tiered-ruffles, sunbleached, knotted, ultralight film
Key Looks: periwinkle crepe de chine pleat top, allover pleat bustier dress, indigo liquid coated cotton one shoulder dress, mint green cascade front dress, indigo washed cotton linen boyfriend blazer, gunsmoke matte mini sequin jacket and side twist dress, citrus poplin one-shoulder dress, dove grey washed cotton linen romper, soft rose wrapped chiffon dress, knit-wrapped mini skirt, chain and pearl drop skirt
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