Bowen's Spring 2012 collection is a tribute to the contrasting styles of New York… from Park Avenue to Woodstock, Tribeca to Sutton Place, this collection heralds a clean, architectural style that has become her signature.
The Park Avenue is a group of debutante-worthy gowns that marry structured silk Mikado and cotton satin with frothy tulle overskirts and pretty, sweeping organza trains. I adored the Harry Winston and Metropolitan gowns; they sparkled with Swarovski crystal mesh bodices in clear and bold black diamond, giving reference to the shiny glass beacons that populate the city of Manhattan.
The Woodstock dresses take you to another time and place. Hippie-chic anyone? The Janis is a cashmere and silk knit lace gown with sexy plunging neckline and three-quarter sleeves. Groovy. Wild Flowers is a delicate romantic gown in lace and tulle covered in free-form organza flowers. Long, wavy hair and bare feet required.
The Tribeca dresses come up clean and uber-modern. The DeNiro column stands tall and statuesque in stark white, tight viscose with a draped organza side. For a super cool bride. The Triangle Below Canal (longhand for Tribeca) is another sharp white structure in fitted viscose with long sleeves and abstract lace insets. A sexy showstopper.
The Sutton Place gowns mix the old world with the new. The Astor looks back toward the 1930's in a one-shoulder draped satin back crepe bias cut gown with bare, sexy back. The Rockefeller leans to the future with its Swarovski crystal sculpted mesh bodice flanking a simple silk Mikado trumpet skirt.
Aaaaaah, don't you just love New York?