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Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 Runway Review

Cynthia Rowley has a knack for making the most mundane exciting. Case in point, she teamed up with Band-Aid for a line of designer bandages that include ones covered in images of sequins and runway models, and she has previously given everything from diapers to bicycles fashionable makeovers. Rowley brings that same knack to her contemporary fashion line, which this season included a mix of opulent, metallic prints, geometric-accented pieces, and solid neutrals, all of which gave interesting twists to closet staple cuts. In a reflection of the fact that Rowley has a little something for everyone, her Spring 2012 show attracted Alexa Chung, Nigel Barker, Kelly Rutherford, and none other than Lindsay Lohan.

Rowley started her show with a powerful statement of glitz that tied in well with her mirrored runway – a slew of metallic printed dresses and separates including a number of flouncy skirts opened. They were certainly bold looks, but they also made for more approachable versions of similar patterns seen in past collections from designers like Givenchy.

The mirror effect also translated into the accessories, which included yellow-gold glistening cutout shoes and metallic handbags that looked as though they may have been inspired by soccer balls. Speaking of sports, an underlining sportswear theme ran throughout the collection especially when it came to the short-shorts with linear accents and flirty perforated white cocktail looks.

Little black dresses, solid colored structured tops, mini skirts, and blazers also came finished with contrasting bright touches for an overall successful collection that balanced eye-catching prints, glimmering colors and finishes with more laid-back cool and sporty looks. As for the styling, it was spot on with clean makeup and hair that had some of the models looking as if they just finished partaking in a team sport or hitting the waves on the beach – looking effortlessly glam, of course.