Cynthia Rowley Gets Artsy

Cynthia Rowley's show began with a giant storybook thumping open on stage, eliciting applause down the front row from Philip Seymour Hoffman to Alan C
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Cynthia Rowley's show began with a giant storybook thumping open on stage, eliciting applause down the front row from Philip Seymour Hoffman to Alan C
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Cynthia Rowley's show began with a giant storybook thumping open on stage, eliciting applause down the front row from Philip Seymour Hoffman to Alan Cumming. Behind the cover, models flowed from a purple paper forest in sheer purple dresses and furry purple heels. The polka-dotted pieces reminded us of Georges Seurat and probably should have been on a Spring runway, but we loved them anyway. Toward the end we swore we were seeing dresses of shredded black paper. As animal shapes emerged, we wondered if we'd had too much prosecco: animal crackers, Where the Wild Things Are,Kara Walker? At the end of the show we scrambled for a program and sure enough the last three looks were "inspired by Kara Walker". That might have been a great idea that just didn't translate well onto the runway. But Parker Posey appeared thrilled. And if anyone can pull it off; she's the one.

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