NYFW: Cynthia Rowley Really Wants to Go to Burning Man

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Rowley in front of her handiwork on September 9.

But she can't. Because of fashion week.

The time leading up to fashion week is all-consuming for designers — something Cynthia Rowley knows all too well. "There are two things I'll never be able to do: Go away for the month of August and go to Burning Man," says the designer, who wishes she could check out the annual survival-in-the-Nevada-wilderness event "just once." 

"Just knowing I never can because of fashion week is a little sad," says Rowley, whose spring/summer 2015 presentation in Soho on Tuesday brought out fans such as Anna Chlumsky and Whitney Port. "I have friends who do elaborate things. I feel like it's something you have to do at least once in your life."

Still, she was excited to be showing her latest collection, where she debuted her forthcoming sportswear line, featuring gold-printed leggings, cute sports bras, layering pieces and other athletic separates she says "make you feel good, like you want to work out and have a healthy life."

Rowley, who first created a chic wetsuit and pioneered the use of neoprene fabrics in fashion, is notoriously sporty, spending most of her weekends surfing in Montauk. Leading up to fashion week she says she also kept sane by swimming daily laps in the city during the week.

But she's not a total saint when it comes to health. "We have a candy store, CuRious, and we get little deliveries from them every day [leading up to fashion week]," says Rowley. "Everything in moderation." Agreed, as even burners will tell you.