For Z Spoke's Resort 2013 collection, Zac Posen focused on creating eveningwear that's more affordable than what he offers in his main collection. "I wanted my girl to get the man and not go broke on the way there," Posen said of a new capsule collection of 25 dresses priced around $1,000 each. Those dresses — like the rest of the Resort line — focus on elevating cost-effective fabrics with Posen's signature details. The evening gowns, in bonded lace and stretch duchesse satin, feature the designer's telltale seaming. Daywear ranges from feminine suits (a white shawl collar jacket paired with wide-legged pants, for instance) to flirty skirts and tops with bows that tie at the neck. The dog lover among Posen's customers will appreciate perforated leather bags primed for carrying the family pooch.
The CFDA Awards went down in NYC last night, and we were on the red carpet chatting with fashion's biggest names as they filed into Avery Fisher Hall. Major honors went to designers like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as Joseph Altuzarra — check out the full list of 2012 CFDA winners. Johnny Depp wasn't able to pick up his fashion icon prize in person, but many spoke about Johnny's iconic style on the press line. We caught up with Busy Philipps, Rachel Zoe, Doutzen Kroes, and more. Click through to see the top quotes from the CFDAs.
— Additional reporting from Christina Perez
Who better to take Zac Posen — and his siren-worthy gown — to the Met Gala than bombshell Amber Heard? Amber's red-carpet arrival had all the makings of a major glamazon moment, thanks to the sexiest curve-hugging silhouette, complete with a bustier, bustle, and train. A side-swept updo gave the look the perfect kind of effortlessly sexy finish, while her decadent drop earrings added just the right dose of glam. Do you love Amber's look?
Zac Posen went to the Met Gala long before he made his name as a designer. In fact, Posen was a teenage intern for the Costume Institute the first time he attended fashion's biggest party.
"The Met Ball was sort of my first experience as an intern, when I was 16, of seeing what a ball would look like. I was an intern there, so I bought my staff ticket for the Gianni Versace exhibition. I saved up my money for like, three weeks to buy my $50 ticket. It was a really dreamy experience. So when I then became a designer and started going, it just has a very personal significance. I try to make it the most fun possible for me and my date and anybody that's around me. And it's an amazing cause and has an incredible history around it."
Posen also told us about what it was like to see Diana Vreeland's old office at the Met.
"When I was there, Diana Vreeland's office was still intact, and that's where I did my interview. It's no longer there. It was changed to a video archive while I was there, but it was an amazing experience to see all the stuffed peacocks and the Maria Callas photos on the wall. It was just like a closed time capsule, and it all had sort of a '60s vibe to it. All the clothing was archived between Venetian blinds. It was very cold. You have all the Christy Turlington mannequins and tons of vertical filing. And that was where I sort of got the fashion bug — for the history."
Photo: Zac Posen with Christina Ricci at the Met Gala in 2011.
Last night we flocked to NYC's Lord & Taylor store for the launch of Zac Posen's exclusive Z Spoke dress line. Somewhere along the way talk turned from his new capsule collection to '90s fashion, favorite NYC spots, and where you might find Zac if he wasn't designing. Read on for five things you probably didn't know about the ever-charming Zac Posen.
Zac on the return of '90s fashion and his own '90s look: "There are a lot of designers who come to New York in search of a Patti Smith/Lou Reed moment in their life. For me it's so funny when I see designers romanticizing the '90s because it really never looked that cool, and now it's back in a big way. What I do think is relevant stylistically from the '90s is youth and social consciousness and now that's social media, which we didn't have then — that unity of voices. It's fun to have seen that and witnessed that and I definitely had my crazy '90s outfits. [When] I grew up my idea of designer clothing, or what was maybe accessible to me to purchase on a birthday, was Century 21. The best pieces from Gaultier at the time, amazing pieces of Jean Colonna, amazing early Tom Ford, amazing early McQueen pieces, and great Vivienne Westwood clothing. I definitely had this idea — part punk, part nymph. I wore leather vines in my hair and feathers pinned in [with] sailor pants, and I would beg to have a Daryl K jacket."
When we heard Zac Posen was launching a collection of dresses for under $200, we had to be there. Last night, we joined the designer (and the crowds of anxious shoppers) at Lord & Taylor to fete Zac Posen's Z Spoke dress collection, a line of 12 dresses designed exclusively for the department store. Before the shopping began, we had a few minutes to catch up with the designer, who filled us in on how he pares down red-carpet designs for everyday wear, and what girl he had in mind while dreaming up the dresses for Lord & Taylor. Inside, we've got a look at the dresses, the event, and our whole interview with the ultratalented Zac Posen. Click on for everything you need to know about his new dress collection.
>> As far as Zac Posen is concerned, there's no reason his 12-piece Z Spoke collection for Lord & Taylor can't be as sensational as the gowns he creates for the red carpet.
"I don't believe that true trends actually come from high fashion down anymore," Posen said of his capsule collection of dresses, all of which are priced under $200. "I think that if you have the ability to create directly at that price point . . . that's really exciting because then you're addressing a much wider audience. And it makes it more fun."
For Posen, fun means colorful, straightforward dresses created with his core design principles in mind. "They're still flirty. They still have our signature construction in them," he said. "Sometimes we'll take out the lining of some of our couture gowns and even that on its own would just be an amazing dress."
But these dresses aren't just glorified crinolines — they're ways for new consumers to get more familiar with his work. Coco Rocha attended the capsule collection's launch party on Wednesday clad in a blazer from Posen's Target collaboration. She said the Lord & Taylor dresses were a smart move.
"For so long, no one could really relate to him," Rocha said. "It was all about really beautiful gowns and a romantic sort of fairy tale. I think this is appropriate, because now we all — even I! — can have a Zac Posen dress."
>> Spring party season is in full swing, bringing New York's fash pack out in droves. On Thursday, Ferragamo feted the reopening of its gorgeous 5th Avenue flagship by inviting Solange Knowles — divine in head-to-toe Ferragamo, of course— to spin records for a well-heeled crowd that included Sarah Reynolds, Lauren Remington Platt, and Genevieve Jones.
Across the street, Cartier celebrated the opening of its "Cartier & Aldo Cipullo, New York City in the '70s" exhibit with a glam soiree that saw the likes of Arizona Muse, Lily Collins, and Charlotte Casiraghi. Later that evening, the party continued downtown, where Leigh Lezark (left) kept the crowd — which included Chanel Iman and Karlie Kloss, both in Cushnie et Ochs — dancing all night long.
See pics from those events — plus, knockout looks from Amanda Brooks, Crystal Renn, Coco Rocha, Karen Walker, and more at a bevy of other occasions — here, in our best-of-the-week slideshow.
>> Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Someone was sufficiently disgruntled with designer Alexander Wang to throw eggs against every one of the windows of his flagship store in New York's SoHo neighborhood. We haven't heard whether or not the vandalism is connected to his labor lawsuits, but store employees' first task this morning was cleaning up the yolky mess. [The Cut]
- Have you been dying to know when Zac Posen would finally start making sunglasses? Posen has inked a collaboration with eyewear manufacturer Illestva for a limited-edition line of shades that will be available next month at Opening Ceremony, Collete and Illestva.com. All of the shades will sell for $300, and Posen is excited to enter a new category. “As we develop the Zac Posen brand, sunglasses allow me to maintain an aspect of flare and attitude for clothing that transitions into day," he said. [WWD]
- Supermodel Kate Moss will make an appearance on an this Friday's episode of Absolutely Fabulous. Her time on-screen might be short, but it's packed with a running joke about her tenure in the business. [Styleite]
Up for best actress for her role in Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close proved that age is just a number in this forest green fit-and-flare Zac Posen creation. Its fitted silhouette hugged every curve to perfection, right down to the strapless corseted bodice, and we love how she paired the gown with a matching tuxedo blazer topper for a classic finish. Her diamond chandelier earrings and slick black clutch added a bit of sparkle to the otherwise full-on emerald ensemble. What do you think — did Glenn nail it?
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