Franklin Rowe’s couture fashion reflects classic 1940s glamour with a touch of modern chic that’s influenced by European design. For 2013, Rowe has introduced a new look that offers women a distinguished style. His clothes accentuate femininity. Rowe has always had a fascination with shapely dresses with sleeves. A New York fashion designer, Rowe keeps it real with distinguished new looks.

His new Klio collection is inspired by nature. For a dramatic visual effect, the Klio styling shows sleeves attached to the body of the dress. This dress was created for the accomplished woman whose mere presence is influential. In 2012, Rowe first introduced his Klio dress in yellow and grey with opened shoulders. In that same line, he offered a jumpsuit style with one sleeve that connected the wrist to the ankle. He received high accolades during that event. Some folks associated the Klio dress with the legendary “Mahogany,” starring Diana Ross and Billy D. Williams.

“I really try to apply innovation to my creations. My designs are stylish and practical garments that people can wear throughout their everyday lives, not just for holidays or for red-carpet appearances. For me, the Klio dress is an evolution in fashion design. The look can be styled in various ways, and it is quite easy to get in and out of,” said Rowe.

A 20-year veteran fashion designer, Rowe attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and was awarded a full scholarship to New York’s Traphagen School of Design. Rowe’s first break was a position as a wardrobe stylist for the “One Life to Live” soap opera series. This opportunity was the beginning of his celebrity designer affiliations with Taye Diggs, Dionne Warwick, Grace Jones, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige. His couture designs have appeared on the runway of the Ebony Fashion Fair and the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

His clothes are designed in fine leathers, silks, natural fibers and jersey knits. Textures are often mixed. Contrasted colors and earthy tones are visible throughout the line. Animal prints are bold. Other details include draping, bows and geometric cuts on the necklines and in back.

For now, Rowe teases the audience with what’s to come. Expect unique adaptations of the Klio during the coming seasons. Rowe is poised for a new era in conceptual apparel design in which form and fashion are justified. It pleases Rowe to know that any stylish woman can finesse her way along the front row. However, only style-conscious women have what it takes to keep it real in style.

Rowe’s creations are found in boutiques in New York City and Atlanta.