Zac Posen is back, y'all. After a several season exile stint in Paris, Posen returned to New York, the city that made him famous. Perhaps too famous, at least according to a recent rather scathing Page Six article that painted him as a petulant child who antagonized the fashion industry to the point that he was ostracized from the people that once adored him.
Perhaps this collection will bring them back. The European contingent, Emmanuelle Alt and Anna Dello Russo, were at Posen’s Sunday evening show, as was Hamish Bowles. The show, which was held on an outdoor balcony overlooking the Lincoln Center fountain, was a lovely way to spend a cool Sunday evening. Once the lights dimmed and the chamber music soundtrack started, it got even lovelier.
There’s no doubt that Posen still embraces his ladylike aesthetic, but this season he reined in a lot of the unnecessary sartorial drama and kept to the basics he does best: glamor, amazing construction, and luxury. And we’re pretty sure Kelly Osbourne--E! Fashion Police member and front row guest at the show--is going to see a lot of spring 2012 Zac Posen on the red carpet this awards season.
If you want pants or an outfit for going to the grocery store, look elsewhere. Posen is dressing his lady to kill, and his weapon is the mermaid dress with lots of corseting. While he started out with a series of quite proper cocktail dresses, often with dramatic lapels, the gowns appeared within the first ten looks.
Feauring tulle, lamé, silk, and tons of sparkle, these gowns wowed. And the models--led by close Posen friend Coco Rocha (who opened and closed)--were allowed to have a personality. They had swagger, they gave haughty looks to the audience, they shook their hips. It all made for a very dramatic and theatrical show and I loved every second. It made me happy to see pretty fantasy clothes.
The photos really speak for themselves, so click through and check them out. Is Zac back? We hope so.