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. It’s no secret that Lindsay Lohan isn’t the most timely of guests to events (amongst other things). So as the clock ticked near the 30 minutes late mark, the habitually tardy for-but never one to miss-the party actress was rushed to her front row seat escorted by security and staffers. She proceeded to have an animated conversation with Misshapes DJ/It-girl Leigh Lezark, who was next to Alexa Chung and Derek Blasberg. Also in the front row: House’s Lisa Edelstein, Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford, Waris Ahluwalia, Hamish Bowles and America’s Next Top Model’s Nigel Barker. As the lights finally started to dim, there was a bit of a scuffle as a ballsy photog ran down the steps to sneak a quick snap of Lohan. He was immediately set upon by zealous security staffers, who ripped off his credentials, confiscated his camera and quickly escorted him off the premises. Nothing like a bit of drama to kick off a runway show.
**All images from Imax Tree