Before habitually late Lindsay Lohan arrived at the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 show, all the other celebrities in attendance were patiently sitting in their front row seats. As we scanned the crowd, we came across none other than Brit It Girl, Madewell designer, and glittery Miu Miu boot-wearing Alexa Chung. Since we missed her on the celeb-filled Fashion’s Night Out , we briefly interrupted her friendly convo with writer/man-about-town Derek Blasberg for a quick chat. Fashionista: So what brings you to the Cynthia Rowley show? Cynthia is a friend of mine and I’ve never been before. I was intrigued to see this collection and I just think she’s really funny and lovely and I’m here to support a friend. Cynthia Rowley’s Glambulance has been going around town to fix any fashion emergencies and disasters during Fashion Week. What types have you ever experienced? I feel like fashion disasters aren’t the real ones and maybe I don’t see what can really go that wrong. It’s only as bad as clothes can get. No, I haven’t had any ripped crotch problems or sweat down my clothes. It’s usually all right. So what’s your thought on those Fashion Police type features in the gossip magazines when people who, well, don’t truly understand fashion judge fashion? I think it’s good. I like it when I’ve made the worst dressed page in a gossip mag because it means it’s like the best dressed in another context. I don’t want to dress like everyone else, I’m quite happy. This is kind of embarrassing, but whenever I go in for a haircut, I bring in a photo of you, but it never seems to work (yes, another straight-to-the-source hair question). How do you do it? I guess….(pause, as Derek Blasberg interjects: “She’s a magic unicorn, it just happens") I don’t know…it’s just different textures. It just lends itself to being messy and I try and do it neat and it just doesn’t work, so, if I had thicker, longer hair, I’m sure it would be shiny and neat, but… So do you use any product? I don’t. I hate products.
Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012: Arty Flash Mobs and Lindsay Lohan Drama
Prolific fashion designer Cynthia Rowley’s interest in contemporary art (she also runs the online art site ExhibitionA.com with husband Bill Powers) was on full display at her Spring 2012 runway show yesterday evening. The collection, described as “flash mobs of floral and animated shapes” and “the thrill of adornment in forced perspectives”, was like a sartorial version of an art history class. The line was a mix of abstract watercolor florals, geometric hard angle graphics, and brilliant metallic textures - sometimes commingling together in one look. The canvases for the eye-catching prints were the designer’s signature girly silhouettes--flared mini-skirts and dresses with layered panels (perfect for twirling around), mesh leather separates, silky painted leggings, and tailored tuxedo jackets. Now, let’s address this celebrity business.