Cynthia Vincent is returning to the women’s contemporary market as creative director of Three Dots.
Under her new consultancy, called CV Creative Agency, Three Dots is one of several fashion projects that Vincent has been pursuing since departing the sportswear and accessories label bearing her name last year. After joining Three Dots in October, she’s embarked on revamping the line while staying true to its original style established 21 years ago.
“It’s of the moment,” she said. “We’re having a big Nineties moment and they started in the Nineties.”
Among the 110 pieces in the fall collection, to be revealed Monday at Coterie in New York, Vincent revived the 1×1 ribbed jersey, twin set and off-the-shoulder silhouette. Modernizing the twin set, she transformed the sweater T into a T-shirt dress. She also added long sleeves and a below-the-knee hem to a shoulder-baring style.
Recognized for her forte in prints, Vincent introduced painterly stripes and a camouflage pattern blotted out of feathers. She then created a windowpane plaid on cotton jersey by crisscrossing pinstripes. She stuck with wearable colors such as muted mauve, blue, gray and camel.
Three Dots is accustomed to opening its doors to a designer who can bring a modern perspective. In 2009, it named Pegah Anvarian as creative director to diversify the jersey basics produced in its Garden Grove, Calif., factory. Anvarian finished her tenure there after about a year.
Vincent’s consultancy allows her to simultaneously nurture her own projects and assist other companies on designing, developing products and building brands. One such personal venture is homeandaway.style, an e-commerce site launching this summer as a destination for handcrafted products that Vincent is designing and choosing.
Even with Vincent’s changes at Three Dots, the retail prices remain the same for the domestically produced clothing, ranging between $30 for a classic T-shirt and $300 for an oversize Italian cashmere fuzzy cardigan, which happens to be one of Vincent’s favorites. The accessible prices allow for layering, a trend that she encourages.
“It’s very thoughtful in terms of the piece over the piece,” she said of the brand. “It’s about real clothes.”