Few designers can claim to have the who’s who of the modelling industry wrapped around their deft little sartorial fingers, but New York’s own Mr. Zac Posen is certainly one of fashion’s few who can make that claim bar none. And it’s probably because more so than any other designer on the calendar than perhaps Marchesa, Posen’s creations are the stuff of every girl’s dream–model or no. You can tell because the girls can’t help but grin as they emerge on the catwalk swaddled in the stuff of fairy-tales. He’s also a man who loves to celebrate, not hinder, a woman’s curves. Tonight’s all-star line up kicked off with none other than (ahem, ahem) Naomi Campbell, closed with Coco Rocha and featured Lindsey Wixson, Cara Delevigne and Joan Smalls among others in between.
Zac Posen S/S13
Naomi Campbell opens the show for Zac Posen S/S13
Known for his adoration of the 1940′s, where other designers deviate flitting from in-vogue decade to in-vogue decade, Posen always stays parked in an era that, for him, trumps all others when it comes to celebrating the glamour of the female form. It began simply, day dresses in beautiful disty floral prints with nipped waists, sculpted busts, capped sleeves and full skirts alternating with curve-hugging suiting in dusty, muted shades. Cocktail quickly kicked into high gear with a sumptuous burst of red satin and pleated tulle before segueing into Mr. Posen’s forte: eveningwear.
The nighttime overture began with black, a wide-legged pant suit worn with a fitted jacket followed by a as classically-old-Hollywood-as-it-gets black gown with sweeping fishtail train. Gown after gown displayed immaculate cutting on the bias, rendered in tones from ruby to flesh or sometimes embroidered with tiny red flowers. Racing towards the finale, the dresses went from red carpet ready to downright regal, explosions of midnight printed tulle and pearl finally culminated with Coca Rocha emerging at runway’s end, peeking out from beneath countless layers of soft cream silk in the perfect fairy-tale wedding dress. Even if the models only wear the gowns for a day and the rest of us only get to watch, Mr. Posen keeps us dreaming, wishing and smiling season in, season out.