Designer Cynthia Rowley walks the runway at the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2011 in New York City. Photos Gettys
Cynthia Rowley is over the understated muse the fashion world rallied behind during the recession. She’s ready for flash — and flowers.
The collection she presented Friday on a full-on mirrored runway at New York Fashion Week was about “the optical exuberance of gold,” Rowley said in her notes. She threw in “flash mobs of florals and animated shapes.”
The outfits certainly had spunk; no shrinking violet is going to wear an Asian-inspired “bouquet” tuxedo jacket with second-skin leggings in a zigzag print.
From there, Rowley moved on to a mesh leather T-shirt with tight, tiny trunks, and a metallic sweater with gold shorts adorned with black appliques.
Rowley seemed to tap into her personal interest in surfing, pairing embroidered swim trunks with an orange T that had perforated leather sleeves.
Some looks had more of a balance of boldness and wearability, including a botanical-print dress with a henley-style neckline, and a gray sweatshirt-style top worn with a black skirt that teased the crowd of editors, stylists and retailers at the Lincoln Center tents with a printed lining that would peek out as the model walked the runway.
Dressier outfits included the finale, dubbed “a forced perspective dress,” which featured a short-yet-full — and flirty — A-line bottom.
Lindsay Lohan, wearing big sunglasses, sparkly high heels and a brand new outfit from Rowley, nodded approvingly throughout the show.