Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2010
“With recent developments like his lower-priced Z Spoke line and a Go International collaboration with Target, Zac Posen is feeling upbeat, and it showed in a vibrant pre-fall collection the designer described as “Lewis Carroll meets Paloma Picasso.” The Alice in Wonderland part—a very popular fashion reference these days (presumably because we could all use a little escapism)—came through via Rosson Crow’s prints. A pair of striking black swans decorated the hem of a red velvet column gown, and sweet running bunnies and toadstools dotted georgette dresses and intarsia sweaters. As for the Paloma influence? That was evident in the seventies-ish silk bow-front blouses, flaring trousers, and pleated knee-length skirts, not to mention the models’ painted red lips. As always, the collection had a serious theatrical streak; Posen’s basics came in carnation red and neon pink. But we can’t think of a girl around who wouldn’t like a little drama in her life in the form of the designer’s black and ivory strapless crepe marocain gown.”
We like it. It’s a little goofy and nerdy, but then again, so is Zac. We’re not all that crazy about the color story and some of the silhouettes and embellishments can look awfully dowdy, put there’s a fun, breezy “key party in the ’70s” feel about a lot of it and that tends to be Widdle Zac’s thing.