With the details behind the gorgeous hair styles squared away, it was on to the main event at the Zac Posen studio: the clothes! Zac showed up right at the end of the presentation by key stylist for got2b, Larry Sims. He snuck in, looking dapper as always, sipping tea from a cup and saucer and nodding to everything Larry said about the mood and feel of the Z-Spoke Zac Posen Fall '11 collection.
Looking to the lineup board of looks, Zac started with saying he found 5 New York ladies to represent who the Z-Spoke girl truly is, and that this collection exemplifies just that. Among them were Coco Rocha, who Zac said was always playful and theatrical in her shoots. And Crystal Renn, the plus-sized model who's sparked some controversy over her speculated weight loss but who is clearly the model of the moment. Zac couldn't agree more. "Crystal is one of the best models I've ever worked with on a photo shoot" he said, citing her movement and familiarity with her body as genius.
Crystal Renn for Z-Spoke Zac Posen
And speaking of models, in order to fully understand the depth of each piece, Zac brought out Anne Cleveland, another one of his 5 New York girls, to feature several of the Z-Spoke Zac Posen looks. Seeing his playful banter and laid back attitude with the models was an insight into his true character, one that seemed truly to enjoy what he did. He explained that the basis for the collection was creating an accessible wardrobe that will take you not only from 9 to 5, but then on from 5 to 9 as well. "I wanted to supply the tools to create something dramatic, chic and effortless. While still supplying that signature Z-Spoke edge," Zac said.
He filled the collection with layered dresses, silk viscose and pieces with great lines. Coats with shearling seams were paired with thick knits in horizontal stripes ("When have you ever seen horizontal stripes look good!' he quipped). Luxe parkas held court with scintillating long-sleeved gowns and pants showed up in every shape from skinny leg to wide sailor.
The color palette was a soft melody of dusty rose, inky blue, slate and heather "Heathered fabrics will be big coming off of tweed", Zac predicted). He also seemed to use a lot of navy, advising us that navy is a great color to dress up denim and to not be afraid to pair it with black. Yet despite the mostly neutral palette, Zac couldn't help but mixed in a few bursts of fuchsia just to keep the party going ("Who doesn't love a pink party dress?!")
Complementing the gorgeous pieces was the Z-Spoke Zac Posen handbag line lined up against a back wall in all of its glossy glory. The lineup of hobos and satchels were embossed lamb, ostrich and alligator, gleaming in candy-coated reds, blues, greens and browns with chunky gold grommets. One that particularly stood out was the bow-accented Zac Sack in a decadent maroon. Priced from $295 to $550, it seemed unbelievable that bags this luxe were so affordable.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and we had to bid Zac Posen adieu. But not before asking if he had any nuggets of wisdom we could pass onto our readers. Sure enough, we found that his eloquent response could be applied to much more than just fashion. "Make mistakes. You gotta experiment. That's life and that's creativity."
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