ACTING UP WITH ROWLEY: Two years after she first coveted the Diamond Horseshoe lounge in The Paramount Hotel, Cynthia Rowley finally got to use it Thursday night. Now home to the limited run of "Queen of the Night," the space is adorned with pyramids of dusty Champagne flutes, stacks of upside down chairs, a diamondlike headdress wearing cheetah and other expected touches. (Thanks to Simon Hammerstein, Giovanna Battaglia and others.) "Did you see the girls in the glass box and the aerialist?" Rowley asked. "I wanted people to have these moments of surprise and not just [be] sitting there waiting for the clothes to walk by. I just think we have to evolve. We're fashion — we're supposed to always be fresh."
Reminded of the trapeze lessons she once took, Rowley said, "I think that was for our holiday party one year. Everyone is terrified of our holiday parties now. Ask anyone."
The designer's guest list included "Girls'" Zosia Mamet, "Under the Dome's" Samantha Mathis, Alan Cummings, Waris Ahluwalia, Jess Weixler and Kimberly Chandler. Jill Hennessey, whose children pal around with Rowley's, was also taking in the sights. With her second album "I Do" out in April and an indie film in the works, the "Law & Order" actress said of Rowley, "She is such a conceptual artist. She's not just visual. I would like to see her direct a film to be honest."