The clothes at Zac Posen’s Spring show were nothing short of lovely, but first thing’s first: it was a veritable supermodel fest! Naomi, Coco, Karolina, Alek, Isabeli, and Angela, along with newbies like Lindsey Wixson, took over the runway, and helped make the announcement: Zac is still a star.
Naomi opened the stunning show (which was held on an outdoor balcony in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall) in a hibiscus-print, silk-twill and chiffon day dress, and I immediately noticed a softer structure to Zac’s iconic fitted dresses and bustiers. All of his hallmarks were in full effect – sweetheart necklines, delicate cap-sleeves, fish-tail hemlines – but in keeping with the evening’s balmy breeze, the creations had a whisper-light grace to them, particularly thanks to the gorgeous draping for which he’s known. The feeling of fresh air never dissipated, but hidden corsetry still holds us in – let’s face it, it wouldn’t be a Zac frock without an hourglass figure. Just look to the Harlem rose-printed tulle ball gown, one of the evening’s ultimate statement pieces. Coming forth with equal amounts pleated restraint and bursting layers, it is fit for royalty and sure to be a red carpet crowd pleaser. Closing the show with a bridal-esque confection worn by a teeny-waisted Coco Rocha, you got the sense that Posen is continuing to fulfill his dream: making high-drama eveningwear and tea-length day dresses – that is, if your day involves decadent lunching and little else – worthy of a Hitchcock starlet (cat-eye sunglasses drove the point home)…Or a contemporary supermodel.