"The idea is something that's both scary and pretty," Cynthia Rowley said of her Spring concept. "Things are out of focus and starting to unravel." The disintegration theme could be seen very clearly in the clothes. There were blurry floral prints, ink patterns that bled down the front of dresses, and slashed-up grosgrain pants. Prim cardigans, bobby socks, and fit-and-flare dresses gave the proceedings a retro feel, too.

The Tim Burton-ish fairy-tale music that segued into white noise and the massive drop cloth that plummeted from the ceiling of Gotham Hall to form an impromptu runway didn't seem at all out of place or distracting here: Rowley has always been whimsical. And—since the clothes aren't exactly what you would call newsy—her entertaining touches did help to make this a more interesting show.