He showcased it last Tuesday12qwsaeq at a 15th anniversary party-slash-photo exhibition of his new Fall collection at his former Laight Street headquarters. It was a homecoming; he left the Tribeca studio for an atelier and office space in midtown near Brooks Brothers, where he’s the creative director of womenswear. That appointment says it all about how Posen has evolved in the decade and a half since he started: The balance between fantasy and practicality is more even now.
That’s not to say the clothes modeled in Vanina Sorrenti’s beautiful photos of Carolyn Murphy, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, and co. were mundane. The tilt here was decidedly dressed-up, and the photos meant the workmanship was exposed in macro. A gown made of velvet ribbons sewn together lengthwise erred on the belabored side, but that was an outlier. More often Posen let his sculptural draping do the talking, or sculptural draping coupled with floral thread embroidery on technical mesh. His cotton Liberty print dresses continue to be popular, so he’s introduced new prints and silhouettes. Also in the offing: a new line of shoes with a 1940s vibe. Posen played it cool in a cable sweater, jeans, and a newsboy cap, sandwiched between Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. Times change, but the important thing is that fierce devotion.
Hilary Rhoda during the Zac Posen’s Presentation for New York Fashion Week held at 13-17 Laight Street on February 14, 2017 in New York City.
Zac Posen ditched the runway this year during New York Fashion Week and showed the Zac Posen fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection in former showroom and headquarters on Laight Street. Though this presentation lacked Posen’s usual theatrics, there was still plenty of thought and drama at play. He presented his collection through photos and videos that were crystal clear and minimalistic.
The images were of the current big models like Jourdan Dunn and Hilary Rhoda, Aiden Curtiss and Carolyn Murphy. The collection looked beautiful, crisp and clean in the perfect photos that were taken by Vania Sorrenti. The shoots took place at Zac Posen’s childhood home and also at his father’s Spring Street art studio and his parent’s loft.
Zac Posen has become the perfect blend of practical and fantastic, where the creativity and necessity have become the goal. There was a gown of lengthwise velvet ribbons sewn together, but there were definite moments of his defined sculptural draping, and there was also the Liberty print dresses that he has added redone portions in it. Even better: there are shoes coming from Zac Posen with a 1940s tone to them. There were cool elements as well, like newsboy caps and crisp lines that Zac Posen himself was wearing while sitting between Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.
Model Hilary Rhoda attends Carolina Herrera Collection at Skylight Clarkson Sq. during New York Fashion Week on February 13, 2017 in New York City.
Hilary Rhoda at the Metropolitan Fashion Week 2016 La Vie En Bleue Signature event benefiting Autism Speaks at Warner Bros. Studios on September 29, 2016 in Burbank, California.
She wore the black tulle gold sequin and crystal gown from the Fall 2016 Collection of Jenny Packham and for walking the runway she opted for a stunning night blue Strapless dress of the American designer Zac Posen.