Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Zac Posen 2010 Spring/Summer Collection
Much has been made about Zac Posen moving his show from Thursday night to Monday morning—at 9 a.m., no less—and leaving Bryant Park's big tent for the modest-in-comparison Altman Building. Some have cited financial reasons, while Posen himself has said the smaller venue would suit his collection better. Whatever the reason, it didn't affect the collection itself.
In a interview before the show, Posen said he was designing with a “late-Seventies New York woman in mind.” He wanted to push a color story and did so with colorblocking for day, setting chalky pink, yellow and purple on structured twill dresses, some with cutouts at the waist, and see-through raincoats worn over Pop Art geometric prints. On one hand, that Mod-ish flavor and kitsch factor, pumped up with lip pins by Yazbukey, was quite charming. On the other, the more shocking combos may not be the easiest sell, realitywise.
Less debatable were Posen’s prints- beautiful bold florals custom designed by downtown artist Rosson Crow. Posen put them on kicky pleated skirts and sexy cocktail dresses draped and cut to show skin at the shoulders and back. As for the gowns- a series of sheer silks laden with colorful paillette flowers- they gave the red-carpet formula a delightful dose of youth serum.