There was something kind of surreal about sitting in Zac Posen's showroom and listening to him walk the miniature crowd through his pre-fall collection this morning. He started out with a giant inspiration board - as in, at least a few feet taller than Zac and probably as wide as he is tall. The collection, which he called "Lewis Carroll meets Paloma Picasso," is partly inspired by where he lives, the Upper West Side, and the traditional American woman. That translated into whimsical prints including bunnies and birds and best of all mushrooms swirling on the bottom of a silk dress or printed on a cardigan. A handful of dresses were two in one; Zac stripped the top layer off at the end of the runway to reveal more fitted silhouettes and Instead of shoulder pads, he shaped his shoulders with seams, "I'm still insisting on no shoulder pad...so someone can make their own attitude." We tried to peek behind a door or two for a glimpse of anything Target related, but apparently, we'll have to be more patient.
Zac Posen Fall 2012: Redemption?
This is Zac Posen's second season showing at New York fashion week after a hiatus in Paris and a few tumultuous years of pissing off fashion industry people. He's kept a relatively low profile the past year, with his gowns regularly popping up on red carpets. Is this his season of fashion redemption? A few signs point to yes. His show had a lot more people in attendance this season than last. The most notable person to show up? Anna Wintour, who did not grace the front row at his spring 2012 show. The fact that she showed up is pretty significant. While there were no high wattage celebs in attendance (unlike, um, Kelly Osbourne from last season), Dita von Teese, who could be a walking billboard for Posen's creations, was there. Actress Kate Mara--sister of Rooney--sat front row, too, though I doubt she was there scouting dresses for Salander her sis. The show was standard Zac Posen, which is not to imply that it was at all mundane or boring in any way.