Fresh from the the excitement of his Spring 2013 runway show, Zac Posen chatted with us about his American Elegance-inspired collection. He spoke about his love of the female form, as well as the potential of one of his gowns showing up on the red carpet. He also talked about his longtime relationship with models Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, and Karolina Kurkova, saying, "They're my family." Our question: can they adopt us? Watch the interview now in today's Fab Flash. Hair by Justin Woods from Kérastase and Makeup by Angelica Perri. Clothing provided by Rent the Runway.
Zac Posen's Spring 2013 collection was flowing and feminine, and the beauty look was styled to match. This runway combination of mermaid waves and lengthy lashes are classic without feeling dated.
The look: Elegant waves, false lashes, and customized neutral nails.
The inspiration: Lena Horne and Grace Kelly.
Who would wear it: Social butterflies and good-taste glamour girls
Zac Posen's Spring 2013 runway show was a lesson in 1940s glamour dressing — Naomi Campbell opened the show in a floral wiggle dress, and the rest of the looks followed suit with gorgeous, curve-hugging silhouettes and a romantic palette of navy, cream, burnt orange, and sea-foam green. Watch Posen's beguiling Spring collection now and let us know what you think of it in the comments!
The glamorous severity that has been present in Zac Posen's last several collections melted away for Spring 2013, a brilliant spectacle of modeling star power (Naomi Campbell opened the show; Coco Rocha closed it) and a selection of dresses, suits, and gowns that got prettier and softer as the show progressed.
Posen's skilled hands sculpted floral prints into almost sweet, body-hugging frocks with sweetheart necklines and flirty hems. His customarily intricate seam work in these pieces was gentler this season, its lines obscured by the visual softness of chiffon or by mismatched edges of prints coming together. Jackets were embellished with pleats, peplums, or draped lapels, while a few tulle pieces were sheer enough to show their boning — but sufficiently opaque to leave something to the imagination.
But Posen is a gown man through and through, and he displayed his mastery of technique and craft when he sent his floor-length creations down the borrowed balcony of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Embroidery, draping, and pleating abounded in this section of the show. A cascade of blue pleated organza overflowed from the bottom of a satin gown, and the floral prints from earlier in the show turned into embroidery. Erin O'Connor, who last appeared in Posen's Resort 2013 lookbook, walked down the runway in a jade green gown that combined satin and tulle. The designer's final look, a white tiered organza creation — the only dress Rocha will wear during New York Fashion Week — spoke to the tradition of ending haute couture shows with a bridal gown. If this was Posen's way of asserting that he deserves a place among the pantheon of the world's couturiers, it couldn't have come with a better collection.
Naomi Campbell opened, Coco Rocha closed, and in between, an all-star model cast including Karolina Kurkova and Crystal Renn took the runway alfresco, showcasing a bevy of Oscar-worthy gowns with Zac Posen's signature corseted bodices and drama-inducing trains — all with a glamorous '40s-inspired tilt. The hustle before the show calmed at last as front-rowers like Anna Dello Russo (in a gold fascinator) made their way to their seats and Posen's show began with Etta James playing dreamily across the Lincoln Center Plaza. It wasn't just the music or our surroundings; we were transported entirely with every look — most noticeably to another decade, with vintage, '40s-inspired trumpet silhouettes and skirt suits (and the coiffed waves to match).The romance was palpable from start to finish, beginning with a lineup of flirtier day dresses, all with sweetheart necklines, and culminating in a white-tiered organza ball gown — which made Coco Rocha look more like a blushing bride walking down the aisle than a model on the catwalk.
- Trends: Peplum, tulle, trumpet silhouettes, sweetheart necklines, and skirt suits.
- Colors: Navy, white, rose, red, soft blue, nude, and olive.
- Key Piece: It's nearly impossible to choose favorites, but the rose-embroidered dresses and gowns were particularly lovely.
- Accessories: Satin ankle-strap pointy-pumps; brooches; jeweled studs, bracelets, and necklaces; cat-eye sunglasses.
- Who Should Wear It: Posen's model lineup, like Coco Rocha and Crystal Renn, will likely wear this set off the runway, too; we'd love to see it on A-listers like Jennifer Connelly and Penelope Cruz.
Zac Posen's Z Spoke line just keeps getting better and better. For Spring 2013, the designer looked to classic Hollywood, mixing his signature seaming and feminine detailing with a range of old-school glamour — and the combo worked beautifully. Graphic floral prints decorated fit-and-flare dresses, and cascading ruffles on halter necks lent a '50s bombshell fit (very Marilyn), while the addition of oversize tassels on clutches and cowls draped over open shoulders and backless dresses lent a '30s, Gloria Swanson, Hollywood Boulevard feel.
Of course, it's hard for anything to look bad on Coco Rocha, Posen's longtime pal and Spring 2013's lookbook model. We're betting, however, that even without Rocha's genetic blessings, these pieces — with their sexy shapes and curve-flattering lines — will be plenty lovely on many girls.
Photos: Courtesy of Zac Posen
As the Total Recall promo tour makes its way through Europe, the film's starlets, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale, have stepped up their red-carpet styling tenfold. While the duo's latest London premiere pit stop was nothing short of all-out glamorous, it was Jessica's afterparty ensemble that left a lasting impression. Her formfitting green sheath elevated the verdant color to sultry new heights and to add to the cocktail-dress drama, she added leopard-print pumps and a stark white clutch. Ready to catch up on the rest of these ladies' Total Recall looks? So far, we've seen everything from colorblocked H&M and Diane von Furstenberg to sequined Donna Karan and ultratextured Giambattista Valli Couture. Just click through to see every outfit now.
Erin O'Connor's star is on the rise once more. The 34-year-old British model had been snaking in and out of fashion for 15 years before making strong showings in Zac Posen's Resort 2013 lookbook this June and again in Jean Paul Gaultier's Fall 2012 Couture show this July, and now she's here to stay.
"I'm recarving my career yet again, because aside from missing the people I've built relationships with in fashion, I miss posing the most," O'Connor said in an interview with Style.com. "I love the physicality of my job and how my mind and body are most happy when I'm expressing and moving. My face was always secondary to body alignment and the dynamism of making a moment come alive."
Does that mean she'll be creating memorable moments during Fashion Weeks in New York and abroad next month? If so, then she's already well primed for the runway. Gaultier reportedly assigned each of the models in his Couture show a famous woman of the past — like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn — to impersonate on the runway. But he told O'Connor, "You're just going to play yourself. You are already an absolute diva."
Photo courtesy of Zac Posen
Everything you need to know now — here, in our daily news roundup.
- Cat Marnell has quit her job as beauty and health director of XO Jane, reportedly over her refusal to stop using drugs. "I couldn’t spend another summer meeting deadlines behind a computer at night when I could be on the rooftop of Le Bain looking for shooting stars and smoking angel dust with my friends and writing a book, which is what I'm doing next," Marnell said. [Page Six]
- Leandra Medine, also known as The Man Repeller, married in a private ceremony in New York on Thursday. While Medine had floated the possibility of wearing custom Prabal Gurung, she instead walked down the aisle in off-the-rack Marchesa. "Prabal and I were going to try and work together but it just didn't work out," she said. [Racked]
- Lady Gaga's upcoming fragrance Fame is billed as the first black-colored eau de parfum. It becomes clear when the wearer sprays it on, and it contains notes of honey, apricots nectar, and tiger orchids. The scent will debut around the same time as Gaga's September issue cover of Vogue. [The Cut]
- President Obama caused a stir in New York City's West Village Thursday night when he attended the fundraising dinner hosted by Anna Wintour at Sarah Jessica Parker's home. While guests — including Michael Kors — broke bread inside Parker's brownstone, some neighbors were prevented from going into their apartments or relaxing on their rooftops. [Daily Intel]
- Christian Louboutin would like to make one thing clear: even though a French judge has allowed Zara to sell a red-soled shoe that infringes on Louboutin's trademark on red soles, the company definitely "continues to own valid and enforceable trademark rights in its Red Sole Trademark, including in France itself as well as throughout the world." The company is still battling a red-sole trademark case against Yves Saint Laurent in the United States. [The Daily Telegraph]
- Zac Posen — who has quickly amassed upward of 90,000 followers on Twitter — says that while he doesn't type his own tweets, he does directly oversee the woman on his staff who does. "I tell her exactly what to say — every word," Posen said. [WWD]
- With a week left to go in the campaign to fund his documentary Advanced Style — which, like the blog, depicts stylish women aged 60 to 100 — Ari Seth Cohen has already surpassed his goal of raising $35,000. [On the Runway]
- Singer Iggy Azalea has signed with Wilhelmina International, the same model and celebrity management agency that has counted Iman, Coco Rocha, Carol Alt, and Theodora Richards among its talent over the years. [Rap Up]
- Daisy Lowe says her most memorable modeling moment so far was "mud-wrestling for the Pirelli calendar in the middle of the street in Porto Seguro, Brazil." The most embarrassing? "Getting rushed to the hospital after my hair was dyed blue for a job!" [Vogue]
Photo: Tom Munro, Elle January 2010
Though a recent trip to Singapore — and the elegantly attired women who reside there — served as inspiration for Zac Posen's Resort 2013 collection, the designer also looked closer to home this season, focusing on what he called "the American heritage of dressing and dressmaking." To that end, there was a refined opulence at play. All the Posen signatures — curve-defining suits, asymmetrical fishtail gowns, pintucked blouses — were present, of course, but a crisp palette of ivory, plum, wine, and ink let the designer's flair for dramatic tailoring and skillful seaming really shine through. "Structure is juxtaposed with fluidity, and incorporative construction becomes the decorative element," Posen explained.