Zac Posen is one of the most influential designers in the past few decades. In the beginning of September, Posen debuted the documentary “House of Z”. This film portrays his life in the fashion industry, his rises, and falls. In the documentary, he talks about his efforts to rebuild his brand and the struggle that his fashion house is facing. Take a look at the video where Zac shares his favorite designs and the fun stories behind the pieces.
One of the most epic dresses of all times is the gown that Claire Danes wore for the 2016 MET Gala. The astonishing gown was a creation of the fashion genius Zac Posen. The unique dress was custom made for Claire. The gown was made of a special organza and fiber optics, that lit up the whole dress once the lights went out. The most mind-blowing thing about the gown is that Posen had to put in the fiber cables into the material. They were activated by a special switch placed on the inside. Danes looked like a real-life Cinderella and left everyone breathless. The hand-made dress featured a huge, voluminous skirt and a tight strapless top.
In 2014, Zac stole the show at the MET Gala with several stunning designs. One of his favorites is the gown that Chinese model Liu Wen wore. The collaboration happened very unexpectedly. Only a few days before the Gala, Wen’s manager called Posen and told him that she wants to wear one of his designs for the big night. Liu fell in love with a mesmerizing green gown inspired by the skylight of the Guggenheim Museum. This gown made it on all of the best-dressed lists. That same night, Zac dressed several other celebrities, and all of those gowns were just as mesmerizing as the one Liu wore.
The American designer Zac Posen created a very feminine Resort 2018 Collection. This time, Zac decided to pay more attention to separate pieces and show a very diverse line. You can see clothes for different occasions, including everyday cotton blouses, Hollywood dresses and even something for future brides. The collection radiates simplicity and elegance.
“This season I wanted to explore and showcase pieces. The diverse offering in the collection encompasses the various lifestyle needs of my customer.”- says Zac.
Almost all of the pieces are monochromatic. The colors that predominate are white, black, copper, red and there are several beautiful dresses in his recognizable Liberty print. The fun, floral Liberty print is present in many previous Zac Posen’s collections so it kind of became a signature sign for the designer. Since the Liberty dresses have been selling like hot cakes, he included more of them in the Resort 2018 collection. They are available as knee-length and maxi dresses, perfect for both everyday activities and formal occasions.
The white color is the most dominant in the collection. Zac designed several beautiful tops including a frilled tulle one that is really eye-catching. There is also a gorgeous cream off-the-shoulder bridal dress that really emphasizes the women’s figure. The dress has an amazing mermaid-like finish. Nicely tailored pants and long blazers are not to miss too.
When it comes to evenings and Hollywood glam, Zac does not make any mistakes. The collection is rich with many perfectly constructed dresses. All of them are very elegant and voluminous. The most striking one is a jacquard sleeveless dark gown with copper and green patterns.
“There are moments and places when you can have a message in fashion and there are moments when it’s just about making beautiful clothes that are going to make a woman feel great,” says Posen.
This April at the Tribeca Film Festival the documentary “House of Z” made a debut. This movie shows the rise and fall of Zac Posen, his successes and his struggle in the fashion industry. Starting a glamorous career at only 20, Zac is one of the most prominent designers that many celebrities turn to. In spite of his busy schedule, Zac Posen found the time to write a cookbook that should be released in the fall of 2017.
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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.
“I think that today it’s about connecting to the customer and the public emotionally, and there are different ways to do that. So much of the shows today are from brands where they can do an enormous large-scale event or the environment becomes so much of the show…. I like having the ability to shoot in an environment that lends authenticity, quality and complete vision. I’m sure I will return to runway at some point. I think that I’m really interested in continuing to explore this as a process and sharing the experience with imagery that exudes a mood. Also, being able to represent women of different ages, because that’s more challenging on a runway,” Posen told WWD, explaining the idea behind his fall collection.
The Zac Posen fall/winter 2017-2018 collection is amazing, the presentation and the style were amazing, and even the points that he made with the presentation were clean. The most beautiful thing about the collection was the way the clothes fit the models. Zac Posen’s dedicated to the addressing the female form in a beautiful and updated way.
There is a deep blue trench coat that is stunning and noticeable without any over-the-top details. It was chic and I immediately saw it and wanted it and I imagine a lot of other people will as well. Featuring everything from business and daywear to floral print and floating eveningwear, it was a beautiful collection.
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Zac Posen’s fall 2017 collection will be presented through portraits rather than on the runway for a more intimate presentation on the brand’s 15th anniversary. The photographer for the shoot is Vanina Sorrenti who has shot the cover for 10 magazines and a respectable number of editorials including i-D Magazine and Vogue Italia that are still stunning today regardless of the season or year they were originally shot in.
The presentation of the Zac Posen fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection will even feature two of the muses for the designer wearing the clothes – the stunningly gorgeous Jourdan Dunn and Lindsey Wixson. Even cooler, the Valentine’s Day show will be in the Tribeca studio that Zac Posen occupied for more than a decade before he moved everything downtown: 13-17 Laight Street.
Zac Posen is making a lot of statements that lead fans to believe that this new presentation of portraits rather than runway show might be around for a while. As he prepped for the photoshoot for the fall 2017 collection, Zac made the following statement to clarify his choice of portraits over a runway presentation. “I’m marking a milestone,” he told Vogue. “I wanted something that felt authentic and showcased the clothing in the best light.”
There is also a documentary about the life and career of Zac Posen, entitled House of Z that is currently being prepped for release this year, and his cookbook will also be available this fall! 2017 is a big year for Zac Posen, that is unquestionably obvious, but I wonder how big an effect this new presentation will have on the fashion community.
Zac Posen made a comment that seemed very obvious but was probably not really considered by most regarding how collections were presented to the public. Posen stated: “When I started 15 years ago, there was a formula, almost like ‘fashion rules.’ But the industry is evolving. Designers have to work with the new environment, the new tools,” and he is completely right!
Fashion evolves so why would the methods for presenting the collections not evolve as well? He additionally pointed out that a 10-minute runway show is quick, fleeting and does not allow for the actual appreciation of detail. Photographs will last and allow the details and nuances of the pieces to be fully absorbed and appreciated.
Vanina Sorrenti will be taking care of the shoot at the Soho art studio belonging to Zac Posen’s father in order to complete the circle of his story for his 15th anniversary. As Zac said: “I haven’t shot there since my very first look book. To me, it’s a sacred space, something to respect.”
The mindset behind this collection and shoot is awe-inspiring and I personally cannot wait to view the results.
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After releasing the nostalgic Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 collection, designer Zac Posen has finally headed his creativity towards the present, debuting his own shoe line that, needless to say, has been inspired by his beloved Hollywood friends!
The Zac Posen shoes, which will retail from $525 to $1,400 (which are relatively affordable considering Posen’s high fashion standards), have been created in partnership with Stefano Maroni, namely the man behind the eponymous Italian leather-goods company. Maroni’s family, which is located in a city nearby Milan, Varese, has a long history of manufactured leather shoes and helps create, among others, also Missoni’s leather goods.
“You know the expression ‘Italians do it better’?” Posen told WWD. “When it comes to shoes, I wouldn’t do it differently for a collection-level shoe; it’s part of the history of the craft that I appreciate and respect.”
The partnership doesn’t come by chance, as Posen has been looking around for the best leather shoemakers for seasons now, in order to hit it big and release the best shoe line possible. Those who are familiar with Posen’s perspective on fashion, in fact, know the designer is literally obsessed with shoes, and expect his first-ever shoe collection to be absolutely perfect.
“I waited for years to do this; I wanted a longtime partner who understands it takes time to build and grow a business, who also understands the DNA of the brand and most important, quality,” he continued.
What we are about to see in the first Zac Posen shoe collection is, of course, a dream array of designs, among which we have already found many must-haves. The Inez boot, for example, combines Seventies-inspired chunky heels with Sixties signature shoe silhouettes, while at the same time also combining different top-notch materials, such as suede, leather and patent. The Inez boot introduces us to one of the collection’s most recurring motifs, namely the mix of contrasting fabrics that, when combined together, creates nothing but pure high fashion.
There is then the Taylor flat, namely a pair of Mary Jane-inspired flats that will look good on any occasion. There you also have the Marilyn, a pair of pumps inspired by Hollywood’s ultimate star Marilyn Monroe, and the Piper, which is a pair of lace-front heels perfect for any glamorous event.
The Zac Posen shoe collection, which took six months to be completed, is coming along with Zac Posen’s pre-fall 2017 pieces. It will be definitely extremely interesting to see how artistically he will combine present and past patterns together in the upcoming Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 ad campaign.
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Pre-seasonal collections can also function as contemplative moments, in which fashion designers may celebrate their own creative path in the industry, as seen, for example, in the latest Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 collection.
One of Hollywood’s most acclaimed designers, Zac Posen actually is no stranger to “contemplative” pre-fall collections, as he took the previous Zac Posen pre-fall 2016 and 2015 lineups as a way to review and reinvent some of his main ready-to-wear shows, with the purpose of perfecting his proposals and learning from this ongoing process as a result.
Although he usually draws inspiration from his previous ready-to-wear collections, for his Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 collection, he decided to travel even more back in time, combining elements from his big debut on the schedule in 2001 with Forties-inspired motifs.
While the latter already appears to be a strong and steady pre-fall must-have motif (Bottega Veneta and Erdem, just to name a few, all drew inspiration from the Forties for their pre-fall 2017 collections), the fact that Posen wanted to pay homage and revisit his very own debut is particularly interesting.
When Zac Posen finally debuted his ready-to-wear collection, he was already well known for a dress entirely made of thin leather stripes, which granted him a place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the “Curvaceous” exhibit. That being said, his first fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection quickly became an instant success, although receiving mixed reviews.
Maybe starting from the latter, or maybe just to give us a “grown up” point of view on the collection that made him internationally famous, Zac Posen took his fall 2002 RTW collection and transposed it to a retro-active present, focusing, however, on a less multicolored palette and on a different inspirational decade.
While he mostly utilized pops of rich colors and Thirties-inspired references for his debut runway show, for this pre-fall 2017 collection, he embraced more dark-toned hues, which ultimately remind us of the dark times of the Forties.
For the Zac Posen pre-fall 2017 lineup, he dipped all of his proposals in blacks, browns, and off-whites, with only a few off-yellow and petrol blue garments (slightly) reinvigorating the scene. The collection also featured delicate floral prints that, despite their conventional joviality, exuded melancholic, dark-toned vibes anyways.
As for the silhouettes and figures utilized, Posen managed to translate Thirties signature elements, such as cascades of ruffles, fitted bodices, and fishtail trains, to their Forties-inspired counterparts, with ruffles becoming pleated cuts on skirts, fitted bodices evolving into red carpet-ready mermaid dresses, and fishtail trains becoming natural extensions of floor-length evening frocks. A few ruffles are, however, to be found, too, yet at this time used as embellishments on floral midi dresses and flirty cocktail outfits.
Another analogy between such collections lies in the fabrics Posen used to refinish his items. To treat us to (of other times) diva-like must-haves, Posen infused his pre-fall 2017 lineup with loads of tulle and luxurious fabrics aplenty, making it hard for us to pick a favorite piece among such a dream array of clothes.
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New York Fashion Week would not be complete without a good Zac Posen show and that is exactly what we were treated to a few hours back. With his fall collection a hit success, Posen seems to have been emboldened, starting the Zac Posen spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear line-up with the customer in mind. Taking the feedback from retailers to heart, surface details were attended to, and even had a booty short in there done up just right that he called a “brass berry lily jacquard wrap short.”
What we see on the runway for Zac Posen’s spring and summer 2017 collection is definitely tailored for the customer. We love the professional attire that exists in knee-length panel skirts and batching blazers, the zipper embellished tailored pantsuit, the print trousers matched with simple tubed shirts, and a whole lot of dresses that literally make you feel like spring is in the air.
Posen plays on length for the most part, giving us extremely short wraparound booty shorts followed by knee-length debutante perfect designs. Body tailoring is a huge part of the collection that features 48 pieces, while much of the latter part of the show showed off translucent materials and a very sexy silhouette.
The A-lines were definitely appreciated as we see proportionality, while the sheath dresses only added to the allure of gorgeous curves. We can be sure that the red carpet will be featuring a whole lot of these gorgeous pieces.
Throughout the Zac Posen spring 2017 collection, we saw a whole lot of décolletage, either with strapless designs or wide square necklines, and it was beautiful. Perhaps the most enchanting was the strapless piece that fit at the waist and flared in an A-line that featured a mermaid look in aqua green and translucent tulle. The combination is truly astounding and we expect it to appear on the red carpet in the spring, for sure.
We also really loved the midi hems throughout, elongating the bodies and giving the ladies a prim and proper outlook that clashed perfectly with the teeny tiny wrap shorts. The few long sleeves seen were enchanting unto themselves.
What 35-year-old Posen brings to the runway pieces that definitely capture the spirit of his customers, along with his advocacy of late for a more diverse fashion industry that promotes the ideal of inclusivity, is a breath of fresh air that we can enjoy for a long time coming. When he had said to dress the part in order to be the part, we had not been thinking that such an enchanting line-up would be appearing on the runway this September for the upcoming spring season.
We are almost glad that he has not repeated some of the over-the-top styles from 2016 for the spring. We’ve seen enough strings and plunging necklines for the time being, thank you very much.
Now we would love to see where he takes his vision for the fall and winter designs and whether or not there will be any designs that come out with the season we are currently in so we can actually buy them now.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Cascades of Chantilly lace and sleek, lavish materials overwhelm the newest Zac Posen resort 2017 collection with a high dose of sensuality, mystery and creativity. To perfectly recreate the sultry, modern and self-confident atmosphere he aimed at reviving, Posen drew inspiration from two of the most creative, revolutionary artists of the XIX/XX century: Sonia Delaunay and Emilie Louise Flöge. Both the women took the fashion industry by storm, and contributed to changing the way we treat this eclectic form of art like never before.
Ukrainian-born French multidisciplinary abstract artist and designer Sonia Delaunay was an important person in the Parisian avant-garde époque, and is mainly known for her graphic prints and geometrically cut coats, which quickly became a must-have in the first decades of the XX century. She could be regarded as an ante litteram pop artists, who transferred this form of art into fashion.
Likewise, Posen injected Delaunay’s notorious abstract lines and graphic patterns into his resort 2017 collection, interrupting the sinuous and pompous proposals he designed with more architectural motifs, while being inspired by Gustav Klimt’s lifelong companion Emilie Louise Flöge.
Fashion designer Emilie Louise Flöge tore through the world of fashion like a whirlwind too, making it easy to understand why Klimt chose her not only as his eternal partner, but as his ‘golden’ muse as well. Bohemian at both heart and spirit, she opened an haute couture fashion salon on one of the greatest Viennese thoroughfares, becoming a highly successful businesswoman in the blink of an eye. Her signature style? Oversized, billowy dresses embellished with different kinds of fabrics, prints and adornments. Dressing up in one of Flöge’s creations was never boring.
Like Flöge’s designs, Posen’s latest creations are never boring, and perfectly combine both Delaunay’s avant-garde views on fashion with Flöge’s bohemian style. To further enjoy the artistic wave he got overwhelmed by sensual mermaid dresses he completed the collection with, which could be linked to Klim’s erotic, detailed and symbolist paintings.
Aside from the final pieces, the collection is mainly dark-colored, a choice that definitely helps accentuate the Delaunay-inspired geometric patterns. Experiments with textures inevitably remind of Flöge, while also manage to bring organza, patchwork, jacquard and mesh materials to the scene through a number of dresses. Such a choice also helped enhance Posen’s artisanal skills when it comes to layers, which dynamically interrupt not only the sensual Klimt-inspired pieces, but also offer us different, more form-fitting alternatives, unlike the line-up’s oversized proposals.
Rounded hems got juxtaposed with either wrapped or sculptured cuts, eventually treating us to a lightweight billowy gray evening dress and a yellow floral print gown that both are just a mixture all of the collection’s main themes.
It is also interesting to notice how deeply he immersed into Central Europe in the early Twenties and Thirties by drawing inspiration from Wiener Werkstätte too that was one of Austria’s most productive and influential production communities of visual artists of all time. Needless to say, these designs focused on graphic prints and geometric patterns too.
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What happens when you mix Zac Posen’s dreamlike creations with some good old Hollywood vibes? Whoever is going to choose and wear one of the latest Truly Zac Posen spring 2017 bridal collection’s proposals, will surely find out what it means to get married feeling like a Fifties movie-star diva.
While sartorially-speaking some frocks did not differ that much from those of the last year, Zac Posen focused more on mermaid silhouettes in this collection, as well as cascades of tulle and sweetheart necklines, generously adorning the gowns with minuscule crystals that add an extra ray of shine to the already boldly colored proposals. The unconventional total-black proposals feature delicate cascades of crystals and glittery sequins, inevitably making us wonder why black is traditionally avoided as a color during weddings.
As usual, Posen’s Truly collection is launched for David’s Bridal, the largest bridal retailer in the United States that daily attracts shoppers from all around the world (not just for their wedding days but for any special occasion too). Posen, who describes his Truly line as a ‘love note to a bride on her most beautiful day’, for this collection recreated a moment to cherish and celebrate femininity as well, accentuating the curves through the sinuous lines, at the same time without missing the occasion to add a touch of quirkiness to better embrace any kind of personality out there. That is why the wedding dresses in this line range not only from off- to satin bright white, but also come in dusty lavender hues, the aforementioned ultra-glamorous black and adorned with floral patterns at times.
Geometry plays a huge role within the collection too, and can be seen both in the silhouettes and the embroidered designs. As for the common silhouettes used this time, Posen chose to emphasize hourglass figures and the waistlines, focusing on structured, clean-cut gowns and exquisitely beaded bustiers. He even went further with the Fifties mermaid-style by deconstructuring the gowns and letting the many loads of organza drop at different levels. That might be challenging for those who are not blessed with super-long legs, but a pair of stiletto pumps can always make things work for the better.
Necklines are one of the main focal points, coming embellished with layers of sequins, long sleeves made of a transparent lace material and, of course, floral embroideries, which add a touch of sophistication to the entire collection. Wrapped tops hug the figure, perfectly defining what Posen means by saying that he wants to celebrate the women’s bodies, while chiffon gowns satisfy the tastes of those who like their dream wedding dress to be billow. If you can’t decide yourself between a traditional wedding dress or an unconventional, one-of-a-kind proposal, the Truly Zac Posen spring 2017 bridal collection may definitely help you make the ultimate decision!
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