Even if the audience at Lincoln Center had no idea that budding Mexican designer Christian Cota has a background as a painter, it was something they could quickly pick up on, that is if they occasionally looked up from their Blackberries. His use of graphic prints and dabs of color had a painterly feel, as if he had carefully considered each hue, each texture, and every line of pattern. Cota expertly captured the melancholy mood of a gray January afternoon with his pieces, which enveloped and enrobed models like a snowy cocoon. His inspiration for the line, hiking in the Himalayans, was evident with his glammed-up, Sherpa-styled models swathed with lambskins and fox pelts. By mixing these influences with feminine and flowing maxi skirts, chic wide-legged trousers, and shimmering gowns, Cota kept his show from becoming a tribute to "Seven Years in Tibet," instead giving it the aura of a stylsih apres hike cocktail soiree.