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Zac Posen’s Voluminous, Oscar-Ready Gowns Barely Fit Down the Runway

We got up close and personal with some voluminous gowns that are clearly destined for the red carpet, thanks to Posen's decision to ditch Lincoln Center.
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We weren't sure what to expect this season from Zac Posen, who announced only a few days before fashion week began that he would be showing his fall 2014 collection in his Tribeca studio instead of his usual venue, Lincoln Center (a venue many have chosen to forgo this season). While Posen probably saved tens of thousands of dollars, he also had to cut his guest list in half (luckily we made the cut -- thanks, Zac!)

So was the venue change worth it? For the opportunity to see those dramatic, voluminous gowns, strutted seductively down the runway by Coco Rocha, Arlenis Sosa and Anna Cleveland (Pat's daughter) up close, yes. One hundred percent.

Posen showed his pre-fall collection in the same space a few weeks ago, and the whole thing felt charmingly old school and intimate. While this was more of a traditional runway show, the old school vibe was definitely there, made stronger by the slow, seductive way in which each of the models moved through the room, often twirling at every turn. It was awesome.

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While he started things off with some daytime-appropriate skirt suits and cocktail dresses, the evening gowns were, of course, the high point. They were all drama in a mix of volumes: A couple of column gowns were refreshing and chic, and then there were the ball gowns, which literally almost couldn't fit down the runway. I think one actually grazed my feet.

Pre-Fall and fall are important seasons for Posen gown-wise, as they fall in the midst of awards season. And given the fact that these were some of the most dramatic and billowing gowns we've seen from him, chances are he has his mind set on some Oscar credits, or at least some Met Ball ones -- some of them definitely had a Charles James feel.

Click through to check out the glamour.