(2 Apr 1998) English/Nat

New York’s fashion week continued on Wednesday with a show by designer Cynthia Rowley – who had pundits eating out of her hand by marrying food to fashion.

Rowley served up a mixed menu of designs – from whimsical clothes the colour of
cream puffs to tea cup hats.

The designer also showed she was a woman of many talents – her collection included fabrics she had created herself.

A grand feast was thrown for all at Cynthia Rowley’s fashion show.

There were dozens of place settings, and just enough table room to feature Rowley’s newest designs.

For this dinner the subject of conversation was Autumn wear – especially coats.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Well coats in general are really, really important. We have a king-size comforter coat that have duvet covers that you can change.”
SUPER CAPTION: Cynthia Rowley, Designer

Rowley’s coats ran the gambit from formal to bizarre.

Some of her ideas included what she called a “white cable coatigan” and a goosebump leather coat.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“This great, great flannel coat… really simple and clean. But it has, it looks like it has no buttons or anything, but it has magnets. The only thing is I don’t know what happens if you
go through the detectors in the airport. I don’t know what happens. And things do stick to it but…”
SUPER CAPTION: Cynthia Rowley, Designer

For her collection, Rowley chose mostly whites and greys, but she also threw in majestic greens and subtle purples.

For some of her more wild ideas she tried a few experiments.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Lots of interesting experiments. My dad’s a science teacher. Maybe that’s where it comes from. I don’t know.”
SUPER CAPTION: Cynthia Rowley, Designer

A cherries jubilee waxed coat with a tulle ballgown and a wallpaper dress were enough to interest Ted Danson and wife, Mary Steenburgen.

Rowley even invented new colours, and new materials.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“This is a fabric that we developed, I’m calling Teflon but just cause it looks like Teflon but it’s new. And this dress actually has metal fibers in it. So you can crunch it up and
it stays.”
SUPER CAPTION: Cynthia Rowley, Designer

The designer used her metal fibres in dresses and in suits – suits that would be the main topic of conversation around the water cooler.

Rowley didn’t leave out dessert: Lingerie-clad models with coffee cups balanced on their heads served the final course.

As for the designer – she got well-deserved praise for her elegantly catered affair.

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