The socialites, models, and one football player (Justin Tuck) who attended last night’s New Yorkers for Children spring dinner dance all looked stunning in their gowns (Alina Cho was wearing a crazy enormous ostrich feather-skirted ball gown) but two of the best dressed attendees were undoubtedly Coco Rocha and Crystal Renn, both of whom wore Zac Posen.
We chatted with the designer about how he himself dresses to match his dates, his ‘surprise’ Met ball date, and what he thinks about the biggest fashion news of the year–Raf Simons going to Dior. Most endearingly, Posen revealed himself to be a serious fashion history nerd who thinks Elsa Schiaparelli is a total ‘bad ass.’
Fashionista: How do you dress yourself for these kinds of events?
Zac Posen: Well, first I get my date ready. That’s the most important thing. Tonight I’m with Coco Rocha and Crystal Renn. So I start with my date(s) and then from there I’ll try to pick a suit that works accordingly and doesn’t overstate my date’s look.
So you coordinate?
I try to…without matching. But sometimes it’s fun to match.
So what are Crystal and Coco wearing tonight?
Crystal and Coco have such a great experience with my house and with my clothing so it’s just exciting for me to see which pieces they’re drawn to and let them choose. I really like to trust my models. I love them, and they’re part of my family in a way. They happened to do different shades of green tonight and so I thought a camel suit would work.
And what about the Met ball? Do you know who you’re dressing yet?
It’s up until the last minute always. But I have a really exciting date that will be a surprise on the carpet. I love the history of fashion and it’s something I’m very passionate about. I was an intern at the Met for three years in high school when Richard Martin was there, and that’s where I learned my fashion history. So I try to bring my date or whoever I’m dressing an amazing Schiaparelli book so they know the background of it.
What do you love about Schiaparelli? Are you looking forward to the exhibit?
I’m so excited to see how Schiaparelli and Prada are balanced with each other. Schiaparelli was bad ass. There’s that amazing autobiography she wrote that I read this summer–it’s a hard book to find but you can find it on eBay. I love reading fashion history books because you see how everything changes, but it’s all the same.
And lastly, I have to ask…What do you think about Raf Simons going at Dior?
I’m so excited. I think it’s an incredible time in France.