Normally when I attend a Cynthia Rowley show, I’m usually admittedly underwhelmed. It’s a line with a bit of an older demographic, a tad more conservative and never really that memorable on the runway. I find myself at these shows often saying “Ooh I like that dress,” or “Hmm, those pants are nice,” but the collection as a whole never sticks in my mind.
Well, Ms. Rowley must have had an inclination that something needed to change and, boy, did she surprise everyone who attended. Her Spring 2012 collection was young, edgy, powerful and beautifully artistic. Clearly trying to reach a younger, hipper crowd, the mall-friendly designer’s show was described as a “flash mobs of floral and animated shapes” alive with bold painterly patterns, glittering gold hues and fabulous texture. The leggings were to die for, the silk A-Line dresses were breathtaking, the blazers were chic and don’t even get me started on the rock n roll inspired leather mesh tops and skirts.
Every detail Rowley created this season seamed to turn to gold- literally. Models marched down a Midus-touched gold metallic runway accessorize in patchwork doctor bags to belts to flash lens eye-wear.
The only eye-sore of the show? Trainwreck Lindsay Lohan front row.