Zac Posen Fall 2013: Eloise Becomes a Lady

Let's face it: Zac Posen was born to show at the Plaza. His clothes demand that you only sit on velvet-covered fainting couches. And this show was pure Posen, with a few new additions.
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Let's face it: Zac Posen was born to show at the Plaza. His clothes demand that you only sit on velvet-covered fainting couches. And this show was pure Posen, with a few new additions.
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I'm happy to report that last night at the Zac Posen show (unlike last season) there were no apparent fights or altercations of any sort. As a matter of fact, it was the height of elegance and decorum, as any show that takes place in a gilded salon at the Plaza Hotel should be.

Let's face it: Zac Posen was born to show at the Plaza. His clothes demand that you only sit on velvet-covered fainting couches. And this show was pure Posen, with a few new additions.

You don't usually think of Zac Posen when you need daywear or separates, but this collection for fall was full of them. To clarify, though, we're not talking slouchy parkas or a comfy pair of trousers--they're more the type of separates that require you to sit up straight and act like a lady, for heaven's sake. The pieces were all very structured, with most jackets featuring the wasp waist and peplums that Posen loves. I liked the outliers--some stiff, extreme A-line jackets took chic up a notch. Ladies who lunch? This collection has you covered.

The reason I love a Zac Posen show, though, is for the dramatic evening wear. While there were plenty of red carpet options for the stars who love him (hey there, front rowers Katharine McPhee and Molly Sims), there was maybe a little less wow factor than in seasons past. The palette was mainly muted jewel tones, and Posen pal Crystal Renn wore a gown that I'd call, well, brown. But there were many bright spots, like the yellow gown that elicited an audible "whoa" from the audience. Pat Cleveland's daughter, Anna Von Ravenstein, wore an orange number cut in Posen's signature extreme mermaid shape, and she took many heart stopping moments to walk up and down all the stairs and through the winding salon, all the while giving growly/seductive looks at audience members. It was fabulous.

When Eloise grows up, she'll surely want to wear Zac Posen.

Photos: IMAXtree