Zac Posen's spring show held at the Theater in the Bryant Park Tents last evening was so dangerously packed to the rafters, I'm sure it was a fire hazard. Not only was it so crowded it was claustrophobic, there was pushing, shoving, and chaos as photographers and invited guests tried making their way into the venue.
Mr. Posen has sure come a long way in a very short time since that first rather small and intimate (by comparison) formal runway presentation just a few years ago in a 6th avenue bank. He continues to prove he has the talent, ability, drive, AND star power to really be a design force to reckon with.
The 44 piece collection which was presented on a lineup of the world's top models (Naomi, Liya, Carmen, Gemma, Caroline, Elise, etc.) was all about Zac's sexy, sporty, athletic take on the classics (polos, trenchcoats, tuxedos, cabled cardigans, nautical stripes). He used techno fabrics (stretch lycra and teflon) for optimum effect, which helped emphasize the practical and thorougly modern nature of it, and Cartier jewelry and Manolo Blahniks were the luxe accompanying accessories.There was nothing old fashioned or vintage-y about this show.
Colors ranged from a mix of optic whites and high voltage geometric patterns, to several black evening gowns that were anything but dull, and metallics 'upped' the shine quotient. His workmanship, seaming, and detailing continues to be very grown-up and couture like, and it's obvious that Zac loves the female form.
Speaking of female forms, Paris Hilton, looking especially tacky in camera-friendly form fitting gold sequined dress and wild bleached blond hair, was causing a paparazzi frenzy, while Bernadette Peters and Joe Pesci looked on from the front row.
Posted by Marilyn Kirschner