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New York Fashion Week S/S 2013: Cynthia Rowley

I had the pleasure on Thursday of photographing backstage and during the Cynthia Rowley spring/summer 2013 presentation. One of my favorite parts of it, though, was seeing it all come together. When I arrived at a quarter to two in the afternoon at 5 Beekman Place in New York’s Financial District, a few lights had been assembled. But in a matter of hours, the once-abandoned building (for 60 years, to be exact) was transformed into a full-fledged fashion presentation. I saw people not only assemble the models, but assemble the entire backstage from scratch. I loved the way the golden-age architecture of the building looked with its current grunge, peeling paint, boarded windows and all.

Now that I’ve architecture nerded-out, let’s talk about the collection. All of Rowley’s pieces were cut on a larger side, for that oversized-chic look that’s so in right now (see the Borrowed from Dad blazer look this fall). Not to mention the return of the slouchy pant for fall, Gustave Klimt-like stone patterns, and lovely navy lace dresses covered in colored metallics. Makeup was simple, with just a bold lash and sweet pink cheek. Take a look for yourself below, from beginning to end (photos by moi). Oh, and in case you’re wondering, those white flaps some of the models have under their eyes are eyemakeup savers–you put them under your eye when doing your makeup so it doesn’t get all over your face :)

Elyssa Goodman likes words and pictures a lot. She is a Style Consultant at Her Campus, was previously the publication's first Style Editor, and has been with the magazine since its inception in 2009. Elyssa graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and Photography. As an undergraduate, she founded and was the editor-in-chief of The Cut, Carnegie Mellon's Music Magazine. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elyssa now lives and works in New York City as Miss Manhattan, a freelance writer, photographer, stylist and social media consultant. Her work has appeared in Vice, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Glamour, The New Yorker, Artforum, Bust, Bullett, Time Out New York, Nerve.com, and many other publications across the globe. Elyssa is also the photographer of the book "Awkwafina's NYC," written by Nora "Awkwafina" Lum. She loves New York punk circa 1973, old-school photobooths, macaroni and cheese, and Marilyn Monroe. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MissManhattanNY.