Review: Rowe Fashion Show

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The third floor of the building at 211 S. Fifth St. was transformed Wednesday night into a chic see-and-be-seen party and runway for Short North boutique Rowe. Beautiful people and things crammed into the cocktail area near the Rowe pop-up shop. Yes, this was a fashion show at which you could also shop. Smart stuff, if a bit crowded.

The ladies from Rowe set the mood with a projected logo on the back wall of the room and a double runway lined with simple pine benches. Animal-skin rugs were scattered around the cocktail and shop area; otherwise the floor was painted concrete. A great blank slate for a show filled with color, texture and studies in shape and volume. Cocktails included a champagne-and-vodka coccoction that I tried with both pear and citron vodka. Yep, they were both pretty great.

But we were there for the clothes, right? The show started just after 8:30 p.m. to slow soul songs like Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." The tunes were as muted as the colors and attitudes of the cloths. We saw many scarves, knotted around models' necks in thin fabrics or wound and stacked in plump knits.

Jackets were another standout. A Muubaa leather jacket got paired with flared Mother Denim jeans and a jaunty Hat Attack fedora. I especially loved a Smythe tweed-look cutaway style jacket that was paired with Genetic Denim jeans and a floppy-brimmed Hat Attack hat.

Fur is back in a big way, and the show punctuated that trend a number of times. Fur vests were all over show guests, and fur was all over the runway, too. A June fox fur vest was shown with a demure Lauren Moffatt dress trimmed in lace. A fur stole stood in for a wool or cotton scarf next to a red Kenny top layered over a cream Lauren Moffatt top. And one of the first looks of the night was topped with a playful fur hat.

I was also thrilled to see the Tolani scarf and the pair of James Jeans featured in this week's Back to Cool story.