NYFW: Cynthia Rowley and a mermaid skirt for Spring 2018

Cynthia Rowley was ready to swing into spring for next season's ready to wear collection.

For the designer's Spring 2018 line, the creatives invited both the media and the public into their West Village showroom -- a bright, garage-like space -- to view the pieces. Blasting music welcomed in the crowd, which had formed from down the block and around the corner, to a room of models swinging from the ceiling.

16 models stood swaying into the crowd as cameras made their way around the venue. Some airborne models were dressed in wetsuit-like ensembles, with figure-tight material clinging to their skin. Other models sported bandeaus, beach dresses and one-pieces, ready to dive into the ocean.

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Though based in New York, Rowley views the ocean as her escape, an inspiration behind her ready-to-wear collection.

"It's no secret that aside from my work, surfing is something I do happily for hours on end. The sea is my outlet and I catch myself thinking of tales of Aphrodite and how she was created from the ocean itself," she explained.

One of the most mesmerizing pieces of the collection was a fantastical reflective mermaid-like skirt: Colorful scales took over the models legs and shimmered as she took to the swing. The fairy-tale like image truly provided an escape for media-goers from the city.

"I wanted to bring that sense to the city - the sand at dusk, its warm reflection from the sun's rays before it cools under the moon, the wetsuit as my second skin allowing me to feel bare in the water's tide - and decided that nude is the color of the night. Swimwear, but for the city - I imagined the same soft glow falling from New York lights, on silk silhouettes, and the collection as the escape from it all," she maintained.

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NYFW: Celeb kids on the runway and seated front row
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Nala Wayans, daughter of Marlon Wayans, walks in the Sherri Hill Spring 2018 show.

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Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, walks in the Sherri Hill Spring 2018 show.

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Ciel Taylor, daughter of Niki Taylor, walks in the Sherri Hill Spring 2018 show.

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Barron Hilton, son of Kathy and Conrad Hilton, (C) walks in the Hakan Akkaya Spring 2018 show.

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Amelia Gray Hamlin, daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, walks in the Dennis Basso Spring 2018 show.

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Amelia Gray Hamlin, daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, walks in the Dennis Basso Spring 2018 show.

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Mingus Reedus, son of Norman Reedus and Helena Christensen, walks in the Calvin Klein Spring 2018 show.

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Kaia Gerber, daughter of Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, walks in the Coach Spring 2018 show. 

Kaia Gerber, daughter of Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, walks in the Fenty x Puma Spring 2018 show. 

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Kaia Gerber, daughter of Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, walks in the Alexander Wang Spring 2018 show. 

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Kaia Gerber, daughter of Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, walks in the Calvin Klein Spring 2018 show. 

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Mason Grammer, daughter of Kelsey and Caimlle Grammer, walks in the Malan Breton Spring 2018 show.

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Gigi Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Anna Sui Spring 2018 show. 

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Gigi Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Anna Sui Spring 2018 show. 

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Gigi Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Prabal Gurung Spring 2018 show. 

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Gigi Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Prabal Gurung Spring 2018 show. 

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Bella Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Michael Kors Spring 2018 show. 

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Bella Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Anna Sui Spring 2018 show. 

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Bella Hadid, daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, walks in the Prabal Gurung Spring 2018 show. 

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Kendall Jenner, daughter of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, walks in the Michael Kors Spring 2018 show.

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Kendall Jenner, daughter of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, walks in the Alexander Wang Spring 2018 show.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and her lookalike daughter Carys at the Michael Kors Spring 2018 show.

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Vanessa Williams and daughter Jillian Hervey at the Christian Siriano Spring 2018 show.

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