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PARIS Spring 2004

By Sedef Kokcuoglu
Photographs by Roger Mesquita

While watching Cynthia Vincent's show unfold I got an overwhelming feeling that she had been inspired by the legendary American designer Bill Blass, who was notorious for embracing the beauty of irreverent juxtapositions. By sending out a model wearing a long black trench coat and knee-high leather boots while an upbeat tune proclaimed, "everybody loves the sunshine," Vincent gave praise to the harmony of clashes. Later on, she explored this venue a little deeper by teaming matte, corduroy, and boot cut pants with sexy little satin bomber jackets. In my opinion the designer successfully combined the metropolitan influence of downtown LA, (characterized by fuchsia sweatpants, corduroy jump suits zipped down to the pubic bone, red converse shoes and purple above the knee socks) with Stella

McCartneyesque elegance. I especially liked her sheer silk or georgette tops tailored with elaborate handwork-beading, matched with three quarter length drawstring pants and Juicy Couture-like zip up camisoles for a more subtle look. To sum up the overall feeling of the Cynthia Vincent collection was one of luxurious practicality.

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