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Ashley Parker spent four years in DC, writing and styling for the fashion section of the Washington Post, and its sister style publication, Fashion Washington. She now calls New York her home as a writer, editor and lover of all things style who recently started working for Vanity Fair. Living in the city's West Village, Ashley will be on hand to report on all the newest trends in fashion, how to wear them, new designers and lines to look out for. She will be your eyes and ears at New York Fashion Week, reporting who's in the front row, what designer killed it and just how crazy the after-parties got. As a Carrie-Bradshaw idolizer who lives in Louboutins, Ashley is ready to tackle New York City, one fashion show at a time. Her favorite designers include Betsey Johnson, Christian Siriano, Alexander McQueen and Balmain and wouldn't be caught dead in harem pants or anything by Ed Hardy.

Recap: Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 At New York Fashion Week

(Photo Credit: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com)

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.

(Photo Credit: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com)

(Photo Credit: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com)

(Photo Credit: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com)

(Photo Credit: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com)

(Photo Credit: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com)

Lindsay Lohan on the front row (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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