Fun Photos And An Exclusive Chat From Cynthia Rowley's Cocktail Party

On Wednesday, Cynthia Rowley visited Chicago for a fabulous cocktail party at her Bucktown store. In town celebrating her prestigious SAIC Legend Of Fashion Award , the designer opened up her boutique to the stylish set, including one guest we just had to chat with. Namely Diane Brown RxArt's founder, who has collaborated with Cynthia Rowley and her husband, Bill Powers on a variety of projects. Indeed, the party was also a benefit for RxArt, an amazing charity that places fine artwork in healthcare facilities. We chatted up both lovely ladies to find out about their trip to Chicago, and what they were most looking forward to about our fair city. Read on to find out what we gabbed about, and check out party pics while you're at it.
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Welcome home! What are you most looking forward to doing or seeing during your stay in Chicago?
Cynthia Rowley: "Besides Mom and Dad, I'll be hitting all the Chicago landmarks because I'm bringing my hubby and kids so everything old is new again. Also looking forward to my friend Rashid Johnson's show at MCA."


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What fashion legends have inspired you throughout your career?
Cynthia Rowley: "When I was in school at the Art Institute I was inspired by the work of Perry Ellis and later had the great honor of winning the CFDA Perry Ellis Award."


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Yummy bites from Storefront Company awaiting party guests.


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What RxArt happenings are you most excited about at the moment?
Diane Brown: "We are beginning many new projects, all of which I am excited about. It is too early to announce specific artists, but we are working on major projects with the Craniofacial Center in Chicago and with La Rabida, also in Chicago. We have just confirmed that we will be doing our first project in Los Angeles at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The project, which is being underwritten by Kiehl's Since 1851, will be created by the much-loved KAWS."


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How badly do you want these Band-Aids?!


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What is one of your all-time favorite RxArt projects (if you can narrow it down!)?
Diane Brown: "I can't choose! I really do love all our projects and if I have a favorite, it is totally subjective–for very personal reasons. I am proud of the quality of the art we install and think all our projects are winners."


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What is one piece of advice you find yourself giving to young designers over and over again?
Cynthia Rowley (shown here with Mickey Boardman): "Fake it 'til you make it? Ha ha. In reality I guess I'd have to go with the words of Winston Churchill, 'Never give up, never give up, never give up.'"


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Former Refinery29 Chicago intern Luis Torres and a friend.


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What do you love most about working with Cynthia Rowley, and how has her work inspired you?
Diane Brown: "I so admire Cynthia, her energy, style and joyful attitude. I love how she is always so keen to collaborate. She brings ideas and people together, and is a constant source of inspiration."


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Kelsey Kreiling and Jules Schwanbeck.


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What do you plan to do during your stay in Chicago?
Diane Brown: "I have Chicago-based, art project-related meetings on Wednesday and Thursday (stay tuned for some cool plans unfolding here later this year) and will meet various potential supporters for these projects while I am in town. When I am not working I look forward to visiting the MCA and The Art Institute and spending time with Chicago friends."


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Cynthia Rowley autographing a keepsake.


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Cynthia Rowley taking a pic of Refinery29 contributor Kelsey Kreiling's 'do.


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Here's why she loved it so much.


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Smile!


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Local blogger Meagan Fredette and her beau.


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Yes, you can get these at Cynthia Rowley, don't worry.


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Until next time!


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