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In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: fun, chic looks from American designer Cynthia Rowley.
2:45 PM: Here. For some reason everyone is smoking clove cigarettes.
2:46 PM Cynthia herself just dashed in with another woman carrying dry cleaning. Last minute changes?
2:51 PM: And I'm in. Bleachers, gray floor -- gym feel. Tables stacked w row upon row of Fiji waters. Right now standing room proles like me have to wait BEHIND the bleachers, but supposedly we'll be able to have a better view when the show starts.
3:15 PM: Yup, standing room only crowd. I'm going to have to battle all these girls for a spot with a view. Awesome.
3:19 PM: Celeb report: Lots of models wandering around being beautiful, but no one I entirely recognize. Flashbulbs going off on the other side of the bleachers, so there must be someone good over there.
3:25 PM: One of the "headset girls" doing crowd control is a dude. A dude who is definitely over six feet tall (above). How did he get in here?
3:34 PM: The just released the standing room only crowd into the bleachers. I've got a lovely view from the top row, but I don't even want to talk about the process of getting up here. Pencil skirts and bleachers do not mix.
3:39 PM: And the brown paper comes off the runway!
3:41 PM: It's starting! Sheath dresses, very slim, and handbags w giant metal circle handles. Also big 80s glasses.
3:46 PM: Lots of gray, black and red -- somber for spring. Even the pinks and greens seems a little serious for Cynthia. Tons of this gold belt, like a bracelet for the waist.
3:48 PM: Black and white geometric patterns -- squares. Not girly AT ALL. With slicked back hair and red lipstick in black dresses, some models look like Robert Palmer girls. Music is kind of ominous, too.
3:50 PM: Wow. Over. At the end, giant clock started ticking and hand got closer to midnight. Political? Just dire in general? Models, CR didn't come out for applause. So not what I was expecting.
3:55 PM: CODA. On the way out, a girl with a clipboard asked me to rate the show from 1 to 10. I said 8 -- like the shapes, but wasn't totally into the 80s end-of-the-world vibe. Clipboard girl: "Thank you for your honesty."