PARIS--Mutant chic is definitely back.
As if they had just emerged from the sea, models drenched in aqua, blue, dark greens, and ocean tones, wrapped in crocodile skin and fish scale patterns (highly un-kosher if you ask me) marched down, or rather undulated down Zac Posen's fall 2011 catwalk.
These mutants were boldly, if not aggressively female: high waists, shameless cleavage and bootylicious dresses and pants. In a nutshell, imagine a teeny tiny Crystal Renn in a black crêpe plunge neck dress, Jourdan Dunn in a floor length, red carpet-worthy deconstructed gown, and Coco Rocha in a bold, skin-tight wool dress fit for Mad Men. Famous faces with hourglass figures. (At first sight a good, liberating look, moving away from the waif-chic of the early oughts--except that if Zac’s dresses manage to give Karlie Kloss a plump bottom, I’ll look more like Babar the Elephant in them.) On top of that, sleeveless mink jackets, straight leg pants, teal felt double lapel jacket gave a chic, retro office wear, for a timeless power woman.
Suddenly, it occurred to us--is Zac secretly yearning for Dior? By proving that he can restore classical femininity through his neo-New Look cuts, is he discreetly winking at Dior’s HR? Sure, the collection was designed before Galliano’s fits of madness, but seeing this collection made us think that he might be a good fit for the now vacant position. (And, erm, at least no one can accuse him of being anti-Semitic.)
**Photos by Imaxtree.