She’s done it again. The iconic designer, (and we’re proud to say, Chicago area native), Cynthia Rowley has opened her second WindyCity boutique in the heart of Bucktown at 1653 N. Damen Avenue. To fête the newest addition to the shopping hot spot that is Damen Avenue, Cynthia hosted an opening soirée for Chicago’s fashion enthusiasts.
Guests perused Cynthia’s whimsical, but often spunky line of gorgeous pieces while sipping on mini champagnes. Cynthia was a stand-out even amongst the glittering crowd in a dress of her own design, a black form-fitting little number with a silver inlay cascading down the front. She completed the look with a pair of bedazzling, opaque, metallic dust tights.
The newly minted boutique displayed many a fabulous party dress for the current season in silky fabrics and jewel tone colors, but with a special ode to the darker shades of violet. Keeping us Chicago gals warm, a brocade jacket in golds and turquoise was understatedly elegant. And in a prime example of her witty style, was a sexy, cap-sleeve, silver mini-dress with dimensional horizontal layering, replete with an audaciously large, chiffon flower on the shoulder that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud.
The talented Ms. Rowley is not just a designer extraordinaire, she’s also a fantastic illustrator and author. Her latest book, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir, was heavily perused by all at the opening, and is part fiction, part fantasy, sated with tall tales from Cynthia’s youth and early days as a designer. Her fanciful illustrations, which also appear throughout the book, adorn the boutique’s walls lending a truly personal touch to the decorum.
The crowd was seduced by the opening evening and all in attendance concurred- two Cynthia's is twice as nice! www.cynthiarowley.com
- Kari Skaflen
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